Tag Archives: Battle of Sharpsburg

31 May 1863: “I find that the pamphlet has been industriously circulated, and as I have been attacked in it has become a necessity for me to defend myself…”

Item description: Letter, dated 31 May 1863, from Major General Lafayette McLaws to General Hood, defending McLaws’ leadership at the Battle of Antietam. Item citation: from folder 7 in the Lafayette McLaws Papers, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of … Continue reading

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24 November 1862: “He did not live long after the fight but we could not hear from him until these men came over and were exchanged.”

Item description: Letter, 24 November 1862, from James Augustus Graham (1841-1908) to his mother Susannah Washington Graham (1816-1890) in Hillsborough, N.C. Graham, then a corporal in Company G (Orange Guards), 27th North Carolina Infantry Regiment, described his travels to catch up … Continue reading

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6 November 1862: “Press is a faithful servant to me considering the chances he has. I am satisfied with him.”

Item description: Letter, 6 November 1862, from Ruffin Thomson, 18th Mississippi Infantry Regiment, to his “Pa” (William H. Thomson). Thomson reports on the status of his regiment following the Battle of Antietam (Sharpsburg). He also mentions his satisfaction with his body … Continue reading

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19 October 1862: “it is with a heavy and sorrowful heart, to inform you that I am at Richmond, wounded & am also in bad health…”

Item description: Letter, 19 October 1862, from William A. Collins, private in Company C, 48th North Carolina Infantry Regiment, to his parents in Statesville, N.C. More about William A. Collins: William A. Collins of Statesville, N.C., was born into a … Continue reading

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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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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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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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19 September 1862: “O what terrible fighting they are having in Maryland for the last five days…”

Item description: Letter, 19 September 1862, from Jonathan Lewis Whittaker to his wife Julia A. Wells Whitaker. More about Jonathan Lewis Whittaker: Jonathan Lewis Whitaker (fl. 1862-1865) was a physician of Orange County, N.Y., who served as a United States … Continue reading

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17 September 1862: “At Baltimore and Frederick it had risen to the highest pitch, and all the Union sympathizers on the Friday preceding the entry of our army into the latter town, had skedaddled for Pennsylvania.”

Item description: Newspaper article, “Latest News. From our army in Maryland,” from the 17 September 1862 issue of the Weekly State Journal (Raleigh, N.C.). The article reports on the latest news from the Maryland Campaign, leading up to the 17 September 1862 … Continue reading

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