Monthly Archives: June 2012

20 June 1862: “Your picture which you sent me came through all right and I thank you a thousand times for it – but I don’t think it is like you for I kissed it and it did not kiss me in return…”

Item description: Letter, 20 June 1862, from Union soldier Stephen Tippet Andrews to his beloved, Margaret (Maggie) Little. For an introduction to the correspondence between Andrews and Little, please see our post of 11 February 1862. [Transcription available below images.] … Continue reading

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19 June 1862: “your acquaintance with the hire of servants in the camp renders you much more competent than myself to decide as to what would be just both to yourself & to his owner.”

Item description: Letter, 19 June 1862, from William S. Pettigrew to Lieutenant Louis Gourdin Young, aid-de-camp to William’s brother, General James Johnston Pettigrew, concerning the fate of the General’s body servant Peter. Peter had been sent in October 1861 to … Continue reading

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18 June 1862: “I hear he gives as an excuse for running that his powder was wet, that is story for it had been a fine day and every gun cracked as clear as a whistle.”

Item description: Letter, 18 June 1862, from Benjamin Edward (“Eddy”) Stiles Jr., of the 16th Georgia Volunteer Infantry Regiment, to his mother Mary Ann Mackay Stiles. He writes of war news (such as J.E.B. Stuart’s June 1862 ride around the … Continue reading

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17 June 1862: “…of all places in the world he ought not to come down here, from circumstances I am not at liberty to mention to you, for other eyes may see the lines.”

Item description: Letter, 17 June 1862, from Charles Lockhart Pettigrew, Bonarva Plantation, Tyrrell County, N.C., to his brother William S. Pettigrew, Haywood, Chatham County, N.C. In this letter, Charles responds to William’s letter of 1 June 1862, in which William … Continue reading

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16 June 1862: “By landing above us they can have no difficulty in cutting us off. Of course this Should not be mentioned by you living where you do.”

Item description: Letter, 16 June 1862, from Francis Wilder Bird to his sister, Mrs. Patrick Henry Winston, concerning the Eleventh Regiment’s movement from Camp Davis to Camp Wyatt, the tolerable but ultimately inadequate fortifications at Fort Fisher, and enemy fire … Continue reading

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15 June 1862:”‘Secesh’ came over to Hutchinson’s Island and carried off some of the people, and so General Hunter has removed all remaining to Beaufort…”

Image description: Entry, dated 15 June 1862, from the diary of Laura Towne. Towne (1825-1901) came to St. Helena as part of the Port Royal Relief Group of Pennsylvania, an abolitionist group that came to Beaufort, S.C. and the surrounding … Continue reading

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14 June 1862: “Distribution of Captured Rebel Soldiers’ Clothing to the Contrabands”

Item: “THE CAMPAIGN IN NORTH CAROLINA—HEADQUARTERS OF VINCENT COLLYER, SUPERINTENDENT OF THE POOR AT NEWBERNE-—DISTRIBUTION OF CAPTURED REBEL SOLDIERS’ CLOTHING TO THE CONTRABANDS.—From a Sketch by our Special Artist, J. H. Schell.—See Page 171.”  Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper, June 14, … Continue reading

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13 June 1862: “Mrs. Morris & Mrs. Greenhow have arrived here at last from their Wash’n Prison…”

Item description: Letter, 13 June 1862, from Edward Porter Alexander to his wife. The letter includes a brief mention of Rose Greenhow and Augusta Morris, Confederate women spies. [Transcription available below images.] Item citation: From folder 11 of the Edward … Continue reading

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12 June 1862: “1. When slaves are taken from the possession of their legal masters, by violence offered by armed men and negroes, what redress shall be afforded to the owners and what protection for the future?”

Item description: This letter was written by Edward Stanly, Military Governor of North Carolina, in response to a request for information from Edwin Stanton, United States Secretary of War. In it Stanly asks for guidance on governing the relationships between … Continue reading

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11 June 1862: “The most intelligent men with whom I have conversed lately express the belief that the war will continue but a few more months.”

Item description: Letter, 11 June 1862, from Private William H. Proffit, Company B, 1st Regiment N.C. State Troops, to his brother Calvin L. Proffit, Wilkes County, North Carolina.   Item citation: From folder 1 of the Proffit Family Letters, #3408-z, … Continue reading

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