The Lowther collection consists of 12 letters from Confederate soldier W. D. Lowther to his fiancee, Phronie or Fronie Autry, in Texas during the United States Civil War. Dated from June 1863 through May 1864, these handwritten letters are all accompanied by typed transcriptions, and a few folders contain handwritten transcripts as well.
Open for research.
The material in this collection is in the public domain. Reproduction decisions will be made by Special Collections staff on a case-by-case basis.
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W. D. Lowther, the second Confederate soldier, served in Company D, 2nd Texas Brigade, 17th Consolidated Regiment. This company was attached to Colonel George M. Fluornoy's 16th Texas Infantry Regiment of Major General John G. Walker's Texas Division when the latter officer relieved Brigadier General Henry McCullough. During the time Lowther is writing, the 12th Texas Division, often referred to as "Walker's Greyhounds," was attempting to repulse Union forces in Arkansas and Louisiana in order to rout the U.S. Army's efforts to cut off Texas from the rest of the Confederacy and interrupt its considerable supplies from reaching east into the southern states.
The collection was a gift of Mr. William Kilgarlin in February 1970.
Civil War Letters digital collection
K. Fox, October 1996.
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