Monthly Archives: September 2012

30 September 1862: “Jess I found was wounded in the Sharpsburg Battle, shot through the back of the neck. It is certainly a dangerous looking wound, but Jess seems not to mind it.”

Item description: Letter, 30 September 1862, from Ruffin Thomson, 18th Mississippi Infantry Regiment, to his “Pa” (William H. Thomson). The letter describes some of the aftermath of the Battle of Antietam (Battle of Sharpsburg). More about Ruffin Thomson: Ruffin Thomson … Continue reading

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29 September 1862: “Our Reg’t went into the fight with 299 men and 26 officers, were engaged for 7 hours and lost 87 men & 16 officers killed & wounded.”

Item description: Letter, 29 September 1862, from James A. Graham, third lieutenant in the “Orange Guard,” Company G, 27th Regiment N.C. Troops, to his father William A. Graham. Item citation: From the James Augustus Graham Papers, #283, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson … Continue reading

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28 September 1862: “I believe it would take a hundred pound shell through the top of my tent top to make me make a quick move.”

Item description: Letter, 28 September 1862, from Union soldier Stephen Tippet Andrews to his beloved, Margaret (Maggie) Little. Stephen Tippet Andrews enlisted in the 85th New York Infantry Regiment on 26 August 1861. He helped organize Company F, and was mustered … Continue reading

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27 September 1862: “…have got to go back again as there is a mistake in papers…”

Item description: Newton Wallace, Company I, 27th Massachusetts Infantry, noted in his diary entry for 26 September that he “started on board the Eagle for Newberne [North Carolina] with Discharge Papers,” but his entry for 27 September states that there … Continue reading

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26 September 1862: “Walter’s right leg was cut off about six inches below the knee… That leg was struck three times by musket OR rifle balls”

Item description: Letter, 26 September 1862, from Thomas I. Lenoir to his wife Lizzie. Lenoir writes of visiting his brother Walter Lenoir and nephew Tom Norwood, both wounded at the Second Battle of Bull Run. Item citation: From the Lenoir Family Papers … Continue reading

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25 September 1862: “scarce do my thoughts wander to my loved ere they wander to my little teaze.”

Item description: Letter, dated 25 September 1862, from J. Smith DuShane (Pat), a sergeant in Company K of the 100th Pennsylvania Infantry Regiment, to his ‘beloved’; The letter describes how he was wounded at 2nd Bull Run on 29 Aug. 1862. Item … Continue reading

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24 September 1862: “The fight continued all day with heavy loss on both sides.”

Item description: The Weekly Raleigh Register of 24 September 1862 included this update, which is dated 20 September 1862, of action at Harper’s Ferry and the Battle of Antietam (Sharpsburg). Item citation: The Weekly Raleigh Register. 24 September 1862. Raleigh, … Continue reading

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23 September 1862: “…said to myself that was Ray Wells but could not tell for certain their was so many that lay dead on so small a spot of ground that I did not want to look any more than I was obliged too…”

Item description: Letter, 23 September 1862, from Homer Case of the 12th New York Infantry to Mrs. A. H. Hall, sister of William Ray Wells, private in the 12th New York Infantry Regiment (“Onondaga Regiment”). Case wrote from Cliffburn General Hospital … Continue reading

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22 September 1862: “We lay all day next day behind a fense exposed to their sharp shooters & A.W. Dunkin was shot through the thigh.”

Item description: Letter, 22 September 1862, from Andrew J. Proffit, private in Company D, 18th Regiment N.C. Troops to his parents in Lewis Fork, Wilkes County, N.C. Andrew J. Proffit and his brother Alfred were conscripted into the Confederate Army … Continue reading

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21 September 1862: “Our Reg’t was in the fight at Sharpsburg Md. last Wednesday (17th) and lost nearly 200 men killed and wounded. I escaped without a single scratch.”

Item description: Letter, 21 September 1862, from James A. Graham (1841-1908), Company G (Orange Guards), 27th North Carolina Infantry Regiment, to his mother Susannah Washington Graham (1816-1890). Item citation: From the James Augustus Graham Papers, #283, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, … Continue reading

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