The collection is arranged into two series; 1) Thomas F. Furman Family Correspondence, and 2) William M. Butt Family Correspondence. Arrangement is chronological.
Scope and Contents
The Furman and Butt Family Papers consist of correspondence between the Thomas F. Furman family members in antebellum South Carolina and Civil War correspondence from Confederate soldier William M. Butt to his wife.
The Thomas F. Furman Family correspondence contains nineteen letters from Thomas to Nancy, before and after their marriage in 1833. There are fifteen letters to Nancy from friends and Furman family members. Henrietta (Dargan) Furman, wife of Josiah B. Furman, Thomas’ brother, is a frequent correspondent. There are several letters from Nancy’s cousin B.F. Davis (Benjamin Franklin) Davis, (1812 – 1858). There is one letter to Thomas from a sister. Topics include family news, religion, politics, Thomas’ studies and the possibility of war.
The William M. Butt Family correspondence consists of nine letters from William M. Butt to his wife, Sarah, during the American Civil War. He died September 1, 1862.