'Kentucky Girl in Dixie' Manuscript,1900-1910

Descriptive Summary

Title
'Kentucky Girl in Dixie' Manuscript,1900-1910
Creator
Potts, Eugenia Dunlap, 1839-1912
Extent
.25 cubic ft.
Subjects
Potts, Eugenia Dunlap, 1839-1912
Potts, Richard, fl. 1850-1865.
Kentucky girl in Dixie
Physicians.
Women authors -- Biography
Alabama -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865.
Baltimore (Md.)
Lancaster (Ky.)
Mississippi -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865.
Tennessee -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865.
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Personal narratives
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Women
Manuscripts for publication
Finding Aid Author
Processed by: staff; machine-readable finding aid created by:Bonnie Cox
Repository
Transylvania University

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Eugenia Dunlap Potts, a native of Lancaster, Kentucky, was the daughter of United States Congressman George W. Dunlap. She met her future husband, Dr. Richard Potts, during an 1861 visit to Short Mountain, Arkansas where he was serving in the United States Army. Eugenia returned to Lancaster where she and Dr. Potts were married in September 1861. Because of her husband's loyalty to the Confederacy, Mrs. Potts spent the war years in a variety of cities in Tennessee, Alabama, and Mississippi where her husband practiced medicine. Following the war, she authored THE SONG OF LANCASTER, A KENTUCKY GIRL IN DIXIE, and many short stories and poems. She was also editor of the magazine, ILLUSTRATED KENTUCKIAN.
Scope and Content
This is the handwritten manuscript of Eugenia Dunlap Potts' work entitled, A KENTUCKY GIRL IN DIXIE. It is made up of edited passages of Potts' diaries from 1859 through 1865 along with transcriptions of correspondence and news articles. In addition to recounting personal events such as meeting her husband and the birth of her children, the passages document aspects of the Civil War, including the divided loyalties of her family and friends, and the flight of her family from city to city as Union forces approached. Visits home to Lancaster and to Baltimore are also documented. Variant title: Eugenia Dunlap Potts manuscript. Condition of material: fair (acid damage).