Finding Aid of the Daniel W. Revis Letters, 1862 - 1863; 1865, PC.1914


Finding Aid of the Daniel W. Revis Letters, 1862 - 1863; 1865, PC.1914


Daniel W. Revis of Henderson Co. (N.C.) was a farmer, Civil War solider (serving in Co. B, 64th Regt., Infantry, North Carolina Troops), and later a licensed Baptist preacher. The letters, dating from 1862-1863 and 1865, were written within the family of Daniel W. Revis. Some of the 35 letters were written by husband and wife (formerly Sarepta Ward). Some were written by Revis's family, while others were written by Mrs. Revis's family. Two of the letters relate to the problem of deserters among the men from Henderson County. In addition to letters, the collection contains one of the following items: oath, preacher's license, advertising circular, envelope, and wrapper.

Descriptive Summary

Daniel W. Revis Letters
Call Number
Revis, Daniel W.
1862 - 1863; 1865
40.00 items
State Archives of North Carolina

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    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], PC.1914, Daniel W. Revis Letters, State Archives of North Carolina, Raleigh, NC, USA.

    Collection Overview

    These letters were all written within Revis's family. Some were written by husband and wife while the others were written by his family or by his wife's family. Revis's letters (mostly from East Tennessee) were written primarily to reassure his wife, letting her know of his continuing affection, his whereabouts, and the state of his health. Sometimes he gives news of other soldiers from their neighborhood. Her letters generally let her husband know how their family and stock are faring. Her letter of November 29, 1862, carries Revis news of the local Baptist preacher, Mr. Graves (presumably J. R. Graves of Edgefield, Tenn., who subsequently died at Memphis, Tenn., in 1893) who had not long before returned from a trip north where he had spent three weeks among the Yankees. What the preacher had to say was discouraging: the Yankees were not starving as they had been led to suppose; Graves saw thousands of men drilling and preparing for war; and he had learned that the Yankees had finished building fifteen ironclads which were ready to be put into use

    Revis's letters of May 18 and 31, 1863, speak of his regiment's encounters with bushwhackers while going to and returning from Wayne County, Kentucky. His letter of June 5, 1863, speaks of news he has had from home concerning the shootout between deserters and the Henderson County militia who had gone to round them up, resulting in the wounding of Reuben Staton and the death of his brother, Ambrose Staton. Her letter of June 7, 1863, gives a much fuller account of the failed attempt to round up deserters in the neighborhood. Other documents in the collection are: Revis's 1865 oath of allegiance; his August, 1865, preacher's license; an advertising circular from B. F. Johnson & Co., Richmond, soliciting agents to sell the firm's Pictorial Bible Commentary; an empty envelope postmarked at Green River post office on March 3, 1865; and an undated wrapper postmarked from Raleigh.

    Biographical Note

    Daniel Webster Revis (1835-1914), son of John E. Revis and Rebecca Heatherly, was born at Zirconia, N.C., on November 25, 1835. In January, 1861, he married Sarepta Ward, daughter of Bartlette and Nancy (Morgan) Ward. The Revises, who lived on Corbin Mountain in Henderson County near the Ward family, were farmers. On July 12, 1862, Revis enlisted for a three-year term of service in Company B, 64th Regiment, North Carolina Infantry. He served under Captain T. P. Jones through at least June, 1863, primarily in eastern Tennessee and western North Carolina. An envelope in the collection suggests Revis was still with his regiment as late as March 2, 1865.

    After returning home at the end of the war, Revis was licensed to preach by the congregation at Mount Page Baptist Church on August 23, 1865, and on August 29, 1865, he signed the oath of allegiance to the United States. Though this collection contains no materials relating to the fact, Revis was called as pastor by Double Springs Baptist Church in 1871. This church had been organized by his wife's family. The Revises had twelve children, of whom the older two sons died as children during the Civil War. Revis died on July 23, 1914, in Henderson County and was buried in the Ward family cemetery in the Double Springs community.

    Contents of the Collection

    Subject Headings

  1. Revis family.
  2. Ward family.
  3. J. R. (James Robinson) Graves, 1820-1893
  4. Ambrose Staton
  5. Staton, Reuben
  6. Confederate States of America. Army. North Carolina Infantry Regiment, 64th
  7. Mount Page Baptist Church (Henderson County, N.C.)
  8. Guerrillas--United States--History--19th century.
  9. Military deserters--Confederate States of America.
  10. United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Commando operations.
  11. United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Desertions.
  12. Graves, J. R. (James Robinson), 1820-1893.
  13. Guerrilla Warfare
  14. Military deserters
  15. Henderson County (N.C.)
  16. Wayne County (Ky.)
  17. Acquisitions Information

    Gift, Henderson County Public Library, 1999.

    Processing Information

  18. Processed by George Stevenson, August, 2003
  19. Encoded by Fran Tracy-Walls, September, 2003, who updated the record, August 2019, for publication in Discover Online Catalog (DOC).