Item description: Letter, dated 21 August 1862, from George Washington Pegram, Harnett County, N.C., to Gen. T.L. Clingman asking for advice on the matter of gaining passage for two schoolteachers who, prior to the war, had traveled from their home in Vermont to teach in North Carolina.
August 21st, 1862
Gen. T.L. Clingman
Sir I desire some information respecting persons sojourning in the South that reside in the North there chance of returning through Newbern or any other way.
My object in troubling you with this communication is this there is tow ladys in this vacinity that reside in the state of Vermont that came out to teach school before the election of A. Lincoln to the presidency that are now anxious to return if there is any chance for them to do so. I wrote to Capt. Tucker of the Wake Rangers as I understood that he had been with flag of truce in charge of some lady to Newbern some time since and he informed me that it was very difficult to get persons through the lines and he directed me to you for the nessary information. Please be so good as to inform me by letter if there is chance for persons to pass through Newbern to the North and if there is any chance for them to do so to whom should they apply for a pasport or any other information respecting the matter will be thankfully received by those in suspence. If there is no chance for them to pass through Newbern please inform me what is the chance through Richmond or any other point. Please return an answer by the next mail. Direct your letter to Chalk Level P.O. Harnett County N.C.
Your compliance in the above will confer a great favour.
Yours with due respects.
G. W. Pegram