Monthly Archives: July 2013

21 July 1863: “base and mean and pusillanimous must be the man who remains and allows the enemies lines to encircle his home…while there is a musket in his reach

Item Description: Letter, 21 July 1863, to Mrs. John S. Lewis from her son John, describing in detail his brigade’s role in the battle of Gettysburg, having his slaves captured, and his feelings about Union occupation in the south. [Item … Continue reading

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20 July 1863: “Safe at Uncle Williams in Richmond, wounded in the left shoulder, but not severely and doing first rate!”

Item Description: Letter, 20 July 1863, from Laura Norwood to her uncle, Walter Waightstill Lenoir. In it, Laura relates the details of a letter from her cousin, Thomas “Tom” L. Norwood, who was serving in the war, and briefly mentions the … Continue reading

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19 July 1863: “We had a separate Battle at a town called Gettysburg. Our Regt lost a hundred and ten men …”

Item description: Letter, dated 19 July 1863, from John Hundley to his wife Sally Hundley.  In this letter, Hundley describes his regiment’s march into Pennsylvania and retreat into Virginia following the battle of Gettysburg.  John Hundley served in Company C … Continue reading

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18 July 1863: “You may have the satisfaction to know that he fell where we would all wish to fall (if it be God will) with his face to the enemy.”

Item description: John Caldwell served in Co. E, 33rd Regiment, North Carolina Troops. View an earlier letter, dated 22 June 1863, in which Jonny tells his father about his unit’s movement through Virginia, here.  In the letter that follows, dated … Continue reading

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17 July 1863: “A telegram…announces the death of our dear Johnston which occurred this morning”

  Item Description: Letter, 17 July 1863, From Mary W. Bryan to her daughter, informing her of General James Johnston Pettigrew’s death. On July 14th, 1863, a telegram had  been delivered to a Reverend Pringle asking him to write to … Continue reading

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16 July 1863: “In the name of reason, of suffering humanity, and of the religion which we profess…bring about an honorable peace.”

Item Description: Letter, 16 July 1863, to the editor of the Raleigh Standard, from “A Southern Man” (attributed to the famous secessionist, R.S. Donnell). In the letter, Donnell reflects on the history of secession, comments on the state of the Civil War, … Continue reading

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15 July 1863: “I was very much inclined to ask him particularly concerning you, but I was afraid he would suspect something”

Item Description:  In this love letter from 15 July 1863, William Gaston Lewis writes to his future wife (they were married in 1864) Martha Lucinda Pender (Mitte) after the Battle of Gettysburg. In it, Lewis mentions his promotion due to … Continue reading

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14 July 1863: “…Genl Pettigrew was wounded in the hand or arm at Gettysburg…”

Item Description: Telegram, 14 July 1863, from Miss Rowland to Rev. Pringle, Richmond, Va.  Miss Rowland’s telegram asks Rev. Pringle to write Miss Pettigrew of Mount Carmel, Abbeville, S.C., to inform her that “Genl Pettigrew was wounded in the hand or arm at … Continue reading

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13 July 1863: “But I learned the following statement-a horse was shot under Gen. P on Wed…”

Item Description: Letter, 13 July 1863, from Richmond to Mary B. Pettigrew informing her of the condition of her brother, James Johnston Pettigrew. An officer in the Confederacy, James Johnston Pettigrew served in several important battles, but few documents detailing this … Continue reading

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12 July 1863: “Of over 500 men carried into the fight by our Regt. on Wednesday, only 110 were left for duty Saturday morning”

Item Description: Letter, 12 July 1863, from Lemuel J. Hoyle to his mother, Nancy H. V. Moorman of Gaston County, N.C.  Hoyle describes the significant losses sustained by the 11th North Carolina Infantry Regiment, including that General James Johnston Pettigrew was … Continue reading

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