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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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11 July 1863: “we think that we have got old leigh in a box trap.”

Item Description: Letter, dated 11 July 1863, from Eldridge B. Platt to his family, updating them on the injury he sustained at the Battle of Gettysburg and sharing his thoughts on the war. Click here for an earlier description of his injury … Continue reading

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8 July 1863: “Like all the rest I am getting tired of this side of the Potomac…”

Item description: Letter, 8 July 1863, from William Hope Peek, assistant surgeon with the 2nd Virginia Cavalry, to his sister, Maria Peek, who was at the family’s home in Hampton, Va.  William died less than two weeks later on 19 … Continue reading

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5 July 1863: “Enemy evacuated his lines about Gettysburg.”

Item Description: Diary entry, 1 July 1863, written by Levi J. Fritz, describing his regiment’s march toward the Battle of Gettysburg. Fritz served in the 53rd Pennsylvania Infantry Regiment during the Civil War and wrote the regiment’s song, “My 53rd.”. He was … Continue reading

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4 July 1863: “sharpshooting all day…”

Item description: Diary entry, 4 July 1863, by Leonidas Torrence of the 23rd North Carolina Troops Company H.  This is the last entry in Torrence’s diary recording his march from Guinea Station to Gettysburg. [Item transcription available below image.]   Item … Continue reading

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21 June 1863: “I have hurd news that I am surprised at. I have hurd that you thought of geting mared to a man a bout 40 years old.”

Item Description: Letter, dated 21 June 1863, from Eldridge B. Platt to his sister Adelaide E. Platt. Eldridge B. Platt (b. 1847) enlisted as a drummer in the 2nd Connecticut Light Battery on 12 August 1862. By 11 November 1862, he was … Continue reading

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16 June 1863: “…I tell you we are going to give it to them this time…”

 Item description: Letter, dated 16 June 1863, from Eldridge B. Platt to his family, including parents Enoch and Sallie Bronson Platt, of Waterbury, Connecticut. Eldridge B. Platt (b. 1847) enlisted as a drummer in the 2nd Connecticut Light Battery on 12 … Continue reading

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23 April 1863: “…yesterday I went down to the river and ketched some fish and I fride them for breakfast so I had good breakfast…”

Item Description: Letter, dated 23 April 1863, from Eldridge B. Platt to his sister Adelah E. Platt. More about Eldridge B. Platt: Eldridge B. Platt (b. 1847) enlisted as a drummer in the 2nd Connecticut Light Battery on 12 August 1862. By … Continue reading

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14 April 1863: “The Comdg Gen. leaves temporarily and for the purpose of putting himself at the head of a relieving force, and having raised the siege expects soon to return.”

Item Description: Copy of Union General John Gray Foster’s 14 April 1863 Order commending the troops, enclosed in a 17 April 1863 letter written to William L. Whitney of Cambridge, Massachusetts from his son in the Union army stationed at Washington, N.C. … Continue reading

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