Tag Archives: Battle of Chancellorsville

21 May 1863: “I have seen the battle field of Chancelorsville and I am inclined to think that it has been greatly exaggerated…”

Item description: Letter, 21 May 1863, from John A. Ramsay to Julius D. Ramsay. John A. Ramsay of Salisbury, N.C., was captain of the Rowan Artillery, later Company D, 10th North Carolina Artillery Regiment, which served with the Army of … Continue reading

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16 May 1863: “one thing I can say I was not in the least scart and filled up my pipe and had a good smoke while the bullets were fling pretty nimbly.”

Item Description: Letter, 16 May 1863, from George Washington Baker to his sister describing the Battle of Chancellorsville. Baker hailed from Washington County, N.Y., and served with Company K, 123rd New York Volunteers in the Civil War. The collection includes letters … Continue reading

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15 May 1863: “I am sorry to inform you that I unfortunately fell into the hands of the enemy on Sunday the 3rd inst.”

Item description: Letter, 15 May 1863, from Corporal Andrew J. Proffit to his father, William Proffit of Wilkes County, N.C., in which the son described his unsuccessful attempt to protect the North Carolina 18th Regiment’s colors (and himself) from capture … Continue reading

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13 May 1863: “If you had known Ives you would be better able to understand the regret which we feel at his loss.”

Item description: Letter, 13 May 1863, from E.A. Evertson to Kate deRosset Meares. Evertson and Meares both served, at one time, on the faculty at St. Mary’s School in Raleigh, N.C. Evertson writes to deliver the news of the death … Continue reading

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10 May 1863: “Harriet we have bin living fine since we came to Va. I not seen any corn bread since I left N.C. or that is we have not had any but we only get a quarter pound of meate a day & a quarter pound of sugar how long it will last I don’t know.”

Item description: Letter, dated 10 May 1863, from Robert Sifford, Hanover Junction, Va., to Harriet McIntosh, Mecklenburg County, N.C. During the war, Sifford served with the 52th North Carolina Troops (within “Pettigrew’s Brigade”). In this letter, Sifford gives a detailed … Continue reading

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9 May 1863: “Twas a splendid charge, straight forward for two miles, while their cannon were pouring an iron hail into our ranks.”

Item description: Letter, dated 9 May 1863, from Harrison Wells to his sweetheart Mollie Long.  Wells, a sergeant in the 13th Georgia Infantry Regiment, describes his homesickness and his experiences at the Battle of Chancellorsville.  He notes the injury of … Continue reading

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8 May 1863: “I have just passed through another of the bloodiest battles of the war.”

Item Description:  Letter, dated 8 May 1863, from Corporal William H. Proffit to his parents.  In this letter Cpl. Proffit provides some details of the the bloody battle on the Rappahannock River, as well as gives an account of the … Continue reading

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5 May 1863: “We met the yank’s 8 miles above Fredericksberg, and had a morning fight … in which we killed a great many yankees with but slight loss on our side.”

Item Description: Letter, 5 May 1863, from JD Joyner to his mother, Julia Joyner, recounting events surrounding the battle of Chancellorsville. Members of the Joyner family were planters and professionals from Franklin County, North Carolina. While William Joyner worked at the Department of … Continue reading

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3 May 1863: “The Genl. says Genl. Anderson is on your left watching for any movement down the river, has not yet heard from him, thinks his presence there will render your left flank secure.”

Item description: A short note, dated “about 12 – o’c[lock] – night 3 May ’63,” written by Walter H. Taylor, Chief Aide-de-Camp of Robert E. Lee, to Gen. Lafayette McLaws. Item citation: From folder 7 in the Lafayette McLaws Papers, Southern Historical Collection, … Continue reading

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1 May 1863: “The Yankees Repulsed Above Fredericksburg. Great Battle Expected.”

Item Description: Article from the Wilmington Daily Journal, announcing an expected battle near Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville. Item citation: Wilmington Daily Journal, 2 May 1863, page 3, column 1.  From Miscellaneous Newspapers in the North Carolina Collection, Wilson Library, University of … Continue reading

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