Guide to the William Giles Harding Letters, 1827-1844
Norwich University Archives
158 Harmon Drive
Northfield, VT 05663
Phone: (802) 485-2947
Fax: (802) 485-2173
Summary Creator Harding, William Giles, 1808-1886 Title William Giles Harding Letters Dates 1827-1844 Extent 1 File (10 items)
About the Collection
The collection consists of photocopies or typescript transcriptions of letters, 1827-1844. Most of the letters are written to William Harding by classmates and friends from the Academy between 1827 and 1830. A copy of one letter to Harding from Alden Partridge in 1844 is also included. Many of the original letters are held by the Southern Historical Collection, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. The George Caraway letter belongs to Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. The content listing provides additional details about the letters within the collection.
About William Giles Harding
William Harding from Davidson county, Tennessee entered the American Literary, Scientific and Military Academy (forerunner of Norwich University) in 1824 and graduated in 1828. After his graduation, he returned to his farm in Tennessee and raised thoroughbred racehorses. Harding was versed in the law, medicine and engineering. A Confederate sympathizer, William Harding raised and equipped a battery of artillery and ran a factory to manufacture percussion caps for the Confederate army. In 1829, he married Mary Selene McNairy (d. 1839). He was married a second time in 1840 to Elizabeth Irwin McGavock (d. 1867). The control file included with the collections contains additional biographical information on William Giles Harding.
The following subjects are represented in this collection. If you are researching these topics, try using these search terms in the library catalog:
Harding, William Giles, 1808-1886
Partridge, Alden, 1785-1854
American Literary, Scientific, and Military Academy.
Norwich University -- History -- 19th century.
The collection is open; however, many of the original letters are held by the Southern Historical Collection, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. The George Caraway letter belongs to Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. These letters are provided for reference only. Permission to publish must be granted by the institution holding the original letter(s).
Many items in the University Archives are one-of-a-kind resources that are not likely to be available anywhere but here. For this reason, forming citations for archival sources is a little different than for books and periodicals. If you need to cite anything from this collection, follow the format below: Identification of specific item; Date (if known); William Giles Harding Letters, Box and/or Folder and/or Item Identification; Norwich University Archives, Kreitzberg Library, Northfield, VT. Here’s an example from the collection:
Letter from George E. Caraway to William Giles Harding, 7 October 1827. William Giles Harding Letters, copy consulted at Norwich University Archives, Kreitzberg Library, Northfield, VT. Original letter in the Harding-Jackson papers at the Jean and Alexander Heard Library, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN.
Extent: 1 File (10 items) Collection Location: Archives 501, Small Collections — Alumni Language(s) of Material: English Repository: Norwich University Archives, Kreitzberg Library, 158 Harmon Dr., Northfield, VT 05663 USA, Phone: 802.485.2947, Fax: 802.485.2173, email@example.com
Three letters from George Little (1811-1876), Littleton, NC, 16 February and 23 April 1829 and 4 February 1830. George Little entered the Academy (Norwich University) in 1827 and graduated in 1830. Letter from Robert S. Rodger (Rogers), Washington, DC, 27 October 1828. Rogers, a civil engineer, entered the Academy (Norwich) in 1826 and graduated in 1828. Letter from Benjamin Franklin Patton (1807-1840), Asheville, NC, 23 September 1828. Patton entered the Academy (Norwich) in 1824 and graduated in 1828. Letter from Henry D. Hathaway, Suffield, CT, 8 September 1828. Hathaway entered the Academy (Norwich) in 1823 and graduated in 1825. Letter from Washington Jefferson Bennett, Charleston, SC, 5 August 1828. Dates of Bennett’s attendance at the Academy are unknown. Letter from Albert Willis Dunbar (1809-1892), Nashville University, 25 October 1827. Dunbar entered the Academy (Norwich) in 1825 and left to return to Nashville due to poor health in 1827. Letter from George E. Caraway (1808-1850), Washington, NC, 7 October 1827. Caraway entered the Academy (Norwich) in 1824 and graduated in 1827. Transcription only. The original letter is in the Harding-Jackson papers at the Jean and Alexander Heard Library, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN. Letter from Alden Partridge, Bristol, PA, 24 January 1844, to Harding in Nashville, TN. Partridge is pleased to hear of Harding’s success and looks forward to receiving his son at the Bristol academy. He provides details of the school’s situation and expenses. Typescript only; the original is in the Alden Partridge Papers, Norwich University Archives.
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