Tag Archives: Battle of Gettysburg

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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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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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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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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9 July 1863: “It is said to have been certainly the most terrific fight of the war.”

Item description: Letter, 9 July 1863, from Benjamin Franklin Little, a Confederate officer from Richmond County, NC, to his wife Mary Reid “Flax” Little. Little relates the amputation of his arm, the conditions of the hospital, and worries over the well-being … 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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7 July 1863: “Our sky seems to me now to be brighter than it has ever been heretofore.”

Item Description: Letter, 7 July 1863, from James Augustus Graham to his mother located in Hillsborough, N.C. in which Graham describes, among other things, the losses suffered by the Confederates at Gettysburg. [Item transcription available below images.] Item Citation: From Folder … Continue reading

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6 July 1863: “just as we got limburd up and started before a shell came over and struck right squar down by my feet and drove the dirt clean threw the skin”

Item Description: Letter, 6 July 1863, describing Eldridge B. Platt’s involvement in the battle of Gettysburg, where he was blinded for two days from a near miss by an exploding shell. Platt (b. 1847) enlisted as a drummer in the 2nd Connecticut … 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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