Which two slave women had recently given birth? Why do you think Ms. Battle mentions
What happened when Adeline was trying to deliver her third triplet?
How were the other two baby boys?
Why do you think N.C. Battle is happy about these births?
What do the family members at home want Sarah to send to them?
Why is Lovey happy? Based-upon what N.C. Battle writes about him, how old do you
suppose he is?
What other promises of letters are made by Ms. Battle for other family members?
What is Ms. Battle thankful to God for?
Do you find anything to be ironic about Ms. Battle's mentioning God in her letter?
What did N.C. Battle say Par had presented her?
In the postscript on the top of page one, what question does Ms. Battle ask her daughter?
After reading this letter, how does the writing style of Ms. Battle compare to a letter you
After reading this letter, how do you feel about N.C. Battle and her family?
What does this primary document tell us about the mind-set of slave owning white
families in the antebellum South?
executor: the person appointed to divide and dispose of an estate left by a deceased
broadside: a one-page poster or flyer printed on broad paper on one side--like the
posters or flyers for concerts or other events we sometimes see posted on walls or utility
draft: the equivalent to a check or money order
Par/Pardy: Pa or father
antebellum: the era before the Civil War