Harrell family papers
Scope and Contents
Manuscript autobiographies of William Bernard Harrell (1823-1906), songwriter, physician, and Baptist minister, and of his son, William Peyton Harrell (b. 1868), a conductor on the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad and a bank clerk in Norfolk, Va. Among other topics, the elder Harrell describes the Nat Turner-led insurrection of enslaved people, his tour of duty at a Confederate hospital in Virginia, and the composition of his most famous song, "Ho! For Carolina."
- 1823 - 1903
- Harrell family (Family)
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Biographical / Historical
William Bernard Harrell was born on December 17, 1823, in Suffolk, Va. He was graduated from Randolph-Macon College in 1844 and earned his M.D. degree from the University of Maryland in 1849. On March 13, 1851, he married Ann Judson Battle (1834-1906), daughter of Amos Johnston Battle (1805-70), a founder of Wake Forest College. They had eleven children. Harrell died in Dunn, N.C. on November 22, 1906. William Peyton Harrell, the eighth child, was born at Snow Hill, N.C. on June 27, 1868. He was a mercantile clerk in Raleigh (1883-89), a freight conductor on the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad for 14 years, and a clerk in the National Bank of Commerce and Trusts in Norfolk. On November 22, 1894, he married Mabel Sherwood (b. 1872). In 1930, he was living in Portsmouth, Va. [For further information on the family of Ann Battle Harrell and her children, see Herbert B. Battle et al., The Battle Book (1930).]
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Language of Materials
The collection contains Harrell family manuscript autobiographies and the musical composition of Ho! For Carolina.
The collection contains one series entitled "William Bernard Harrell" and two volumes of an autobiography by William Peyton Harrell.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gift of David Harrell Cameron in memory of A. Harrell Woolfolk, 1986.
Processed by Johanna Mims, 1986.
- Baptists -- Southern States -- 19th century Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Harrell family
- United States -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Confederate States of America -- Personal narratives Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Harrell family papers
- Johanna Mims
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