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Kate Sperry Papers

Stewart Bell Jr. Archives
Handley Regional Library
Winchester-Frederick County Historical Society

P.O. Box 58, Winchester, VA 22604
(540) 662-9041 ext. 17


SCOPE AND CONTENT: This collection contains the diary of Kate Sperry, a teenaged girl who lived in downtown Winchester, VA during the Civil War. The diary begins on July 13, 1861 and ends on December 14, 1864. In addition to the Sperry diary, the collection also contains research material, friendship book, genealogical data, correspondence, and other miscellaneous items concerning Sperry and her husband Dr. Enoch Hunt. (1 Box) last updated 07/11

BIOGRAPHICAL/HISTORICAL: Kate Sperry was born May 1, 1843 to Warden Warren Sperry and Mary Virginia Van Lear. She was a Winchester, Virginia resident until her marriage in 1864 to Dr. Enoch Hunt, a surgeon in the 2nd Miss. Regt, CSA . They moved to Mississippi at the close of the Civil War. Kate Sperry died on October 22, 1886 and is buried in Ripley, Mississippi. 

Surrender? Never Surrender, the diary kept by Kate Sperry July 13, 1861 to December 14, 1864, typescript, bound, is filed with rare books.
973.782 Spe  (An index to the book is now available).

CITE AS: Kate Sperry Papers #1578, Stewart Bell Jr. Archives, Handley Regional Library, Winchester, VA

BOX 1                                                                             

Sperry, Kate-Correspondence 1861 to1865, 1874, 1877, 71 items, typescript (photocopy)

Sperry, Kate-Autograph Album 1853 to 1881, 1 item, manuscript; loose papers from Friendship Book, 4 items

Kate Sperry, Diary of, edited by Christine Andreae, 88 leaves, typescript

Sperry, Kate-Diary, 1861- 1862, article published in Virginia Country, summer/fall 1979, 16 leaves, printed (photocopy)

“Kate Sperry”, Speech and slide show by Patricia Zontine, 30 leaves, typescript

Sperry/Hunt Families Genealogical Notes, unnumbered leaves

Book Proposal by Dairy of Kate Sperry by Patricia Zontine, 52 leaves, typescript

Research Notes

Sperry, Kate-Diary, typescript (photocopy), unnumbered items

Sperry, Kate-Diary, typescript (photocopy), 7 parts, unnumbered items


Sperry Family and Hunt Family filed People - Individual and People – Groups

Sperry Home filed Winchester-Buildings, 45 S. Loudoun Street