Hargrove Bellamy Correspondence
This correspondence is largely between Hargrove Bellamy and his parents during World War I, during which Bellamy left school at Chapel Hill to join the U.S. Army as a lieutenant. There are also some letters from Bellamy to his wife, from friends, and significant correspondence and telegrams between Bellamy's parents and the International Red Cross, Senator F. M. Simmons, and others in an attempt to have Hargrove Bellamy returned to the United States after he was captured and sent to a German POW camp on September 29, 1918. He was released in November of that year and returned to France after the end of the war; after returning to Wilmington he took over his father's firm, Robert R. Bellamy and Son, and was later elected mayor of Wilmington.
Edward Hardin Correspondence
This group of letters is a subset of an overall collection of over 150 letters written by Edward Manning Hardin from 1917 to 1919. This selection was written from May 1918 to February 1919 beginning with his arrival in Europe, continuing his description of some of the fiercest battles, and ending with his return to the US.
His unwavering devotion to his family and his country clearly shines through not only in the volume of his communication, but in the quality of his words. The vast majority of letters were written to his stepmother, Mary Benthall Brooks Hardin (1873-1934).
In his letters he refers to many friends and acquaintances from his hometown of Wilmington NC including Beulah Armstrong, Hargrove "Hoggie" Bellamy, Arthur "Bluey" Bluethenthal, Paul and Pete Cantwell, George Clark , Harry Hayden, Hugh Hines, Col. Thomas J. Gause, Mrs. Nichols, Tom Orrel, Sarah Storm, Walter Storm, Charley Taylor, J. Douglas "Duddie" Taylor, Walker Taylor, and Frank Williams.
Copies of many of these letters written are housed in the Cape Fear Historical Society headquartered in the Latimer House in Wilmington NC.
Julia Bowden Diary
The diary of Julia Augusta Bowden (1859-1944) of Wilmington.
Julia Augusta Bowden's diary covers parts of 1876 and 1879-80. It includes time spent at Davenport Female College in Lenoir, North Carolina, as well as time at her family's home in Wilmington. The diary fills 236 pages of a 12 in. by 7½ in. ledger book and is written variously in pen and pencil. The Davenport sections are copied from earlier diaries.
John Scott Correspondence
This collection consists of letters received by John Scott of Tennessee, from two individuals between 1812 and 1833. Correspondence (17 letters) from Thomas H. Wright of Wilmington discusses business, economic, and family news from Wilmington, including details of economic depression and the fire of 1819. Correspondence (17 letters) from Christopher Dudley, Jr., Postmaster of Wilmington discusses sale of property and clearing titles as well as local business and family news.