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Title: Letter from Preston H. Sessoms to Penelope E. White, August 28, 1862: Electronic Edition.
Author: Sessoms, Preston Harrell, b. 1843
Editor: Erika Lindemann
Funding from the State Library of North Carolina supported the electronic publication of this title.
Text transcribed by Erika Lindemann
Images scanned by Mara E. Dabrishus
Text encoded by Amanda Page
First Edition, 2005
Size of electronic edition: ca. 11K
Publisher: The University Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, North Carolina

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The electronic edition is a part of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill digital library, Documenting the American South.
Languages used in the text: English
Revision history:
2005-05-19, Amanda Page finished TEI/XML encoding.
Part of a series:
This transcribed document is part of a digital collection, titled True and Candid Compositions: The Lives and Writings of Antebellum Students in North Carolina
written by Lindemann, Erika
Title of collection: Jonathan Jacocks Papers (#372), Southern Historical Collection, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Title of document: Letter from Preston H. Sessoms to Penelope E. White, August 28, 1862
Author: Sessoms, Preston Harrell, b. 1843
Description: 2 pages, 2 page images
Note: Call number 372 (Southern Historical Collection, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
Topics covered:
Chapel Hill and Vicinity
Education/UNC Enrollments and Finances
Examples of Student Writing/Letters
Travel and Entertainment/Travel
War/Civil War
Editorial practices
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Document Summary

Sessoms tells his sister that only 50 students are enrolled, and board is expensive. He contemplates going around or through the Yankees to get home at the end of the session.
Letter from Preston H. Sessoms to Penelope E. White , August 28, 18621
Sessoms, Preston Harrell, b. 1843

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Chapel Hill N. Carolina.
August 28th 1862.

Sister Bett .

I have again reached this place in safety, and found all things as they were when I left last January, except there has been a great deal change among the College affairs. For such a place as this, which is called a university,—there had ought to be no less than three or four hundred students, but there are only fifty here now, a very small number. Very soon after I left last January nearly all the students left and went to war; some were called out by the draft some were taken by the Conscription law and some went voluntarily, So nearly all left; if there had not new students come this session, there would be hardly twenty students here now. I call it very dull and lonesome place; if it was not for one thing I would not stay here, There is but two or three boarding houses now, all have gone down, and board is very high, and but very little to eat, The college expenses are the same as the have always been. I have heard something about the second call for conscripts; if there does come another call, this college will certainly break, it will take all, sweep it clean. I have been here about three weeks, I started the day that I told you I should and came some fifty or sixty miles on the buggy before I took the cars. Brother John came no further than to the Rail Road with

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me, then I took it by myself. But I had no trouble in coming. There is no pleasure in staying up here unless everything was more free, and cheaper, I would like it great deal better to stay at home, I suppose that the Yankees are thicker up there than when I was there. There is no chance of their getting up here, but they may cut off the rail road then I should be locked up in a place, hard to break out. If the Yankees were to cut me off up here, when I got ready to come home, I should surely come, Yankees or no Yankees, If there was no chance of getting round them, I would go through them, In three months this session will be to an end, on the fourth thursday of November. By that time I suppose the Yankees will have those counties down there fully in their possession, I dont think that any more conscripts will come from out of those counties which the yankees have so nearly got in their possession. I have written enough. Excuse me for stopping. I am well, and going on as well as the times will allow. Give my respects to Mr White and Henderson, Keep those three poulets of mine which I told you not to kill. Write me anytime when you have the chance, Believe me to be your brother

P. H. Sessoms.

Chapel Hill.
N. Carolina.