Eli Fogleman letters, 1836-1892.

Creator: Fogleman, Eli, 1836-1892.
Collection number: 5279-z
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Abstract: Eli Fogleman was born in 1836, presumably near Greensboro, N.C. He married Lucy B. Staley in 1861, and on 15 August 1862 enlisted in Company K, 5th Regiment North Carolina Cavalry, C.S.A., in Guilford County, N.C. On 4 May 1863, Fogleman was taken prisoner in Carteret County, N.C., taken to Virginia, and confined at Fort Monroe until he was paroled by exchange at City Point, Va., on 28 May 1863. He remained in the Confederate army until his final parol at Greensboro, N.C., on 5 May 1865. Eli and Lucy Fogleman had at least one daughter, Anna Fogleman. Primarily Civil War letters, 1862-1864, of Confederate soldier Eli Fogleman to his wife Lucy Fogleman. In general, Fogleman wrote to his wife to express his longing to return home; to request supplies; and occasionally to discuss troop movements, picket duty, his horse, his health, the threat of smallpox, and daily camp life. Other items of interest include a May 1863 letter regarding Fogleman’s capture by Union forces in Carteret County, N.C.; a 9 December 1862 letter regarding treatment of African Americans by Union soldiers; a 6 February 1863 letter concerning smallpox vaccinations; and an undated letter in which Fogleman relayed a story about someone placing a coffin inscribed with Jefferson Davis’s name on Davis’s doorstep as a warning, prompting Davis to keep security guards around him at all times. Locations mentioned by Fogleman include Petersburg, Richmond, and Spotsylvania, Va., and Trenton, Garysburg, New Bern, Weldon, Kinston, and Scotland Neck, N.C. Some letters have been censored, with the date and location removed along with the first few lines of text in some cases. The collection also includes a few letters from Lucy Fogleman to her husband, a letter from John Fogleman to Lucy Fogleman, and two letters from W. D. Brower to Eli and Lucy Fogleman.

Repository: Southern Historical Collection

Collection Highlights: There is a 9 December 1862 letter regarding treatment of African Americans by Union soldiers.

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