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14 October 1862: “I was also informed that his negroes were very much averse to leaving, and that 30 of them had run away, in consequence of their having been informed by the disloyal men around them”

Item description: Two letters, dated 14 October 1862, from William Pettigrew. One letter is to his brother Charles Pettigrew and the other letter is to an unknown recipient, possibly a Mr. Bryan. After the fall of Roanoke Island in 1862, William and … Continue reading

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27 June 1862: “he says he fears a famine for the country. isn’t it a fearful prospect?”

Item description: Letter, 27 June 1862, from Jane Caroline North Pettigrew (wife of Charles Lockhart Pettigrew) to her brother-in-law, William S. Pettigrew. The letter illustrates how dispersed the Pettigrew family has become at this point in the war. The writer, … Continue reading

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7 June 1862: “That Genl. Pettigrew was a prisoner; and although severly wounded yet his wounds are not dangerous & he is doing well.”

Item description: Letter, 7 June 1862, from William S. Pettigrew to his brother Charles L. Pettigrew. William gives an update on the fate of his brother, General James Johnston Pettigrew, who was thought to have been slain at the Battle … Continue reading

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22 March 1862: “…the most extraordinary & unaccountable panic took possession of some white men…”

Item description: In this letter, 22 March 1862, Jane Caroline North Pettigrew wrote to her mother, Jane Petigru North, about her husband’s plans to remove their slaves from Magnolia and Bonarva plantations to Chatham County in central North Carolina, in … Continue reading

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11 March 1862: “Dear Charles don’t apply the torch to your barns. it is too dreadful and I cannot but think it unwise. What God bestows upon man for subsistence should not be recklessly disposed of in destruction.”

Item description: Letter, 11 March 1862, believed to be from John Gough North, Badwell Plantation (S.C.) to his son-in-law Charles L. Pettigrew of Scuppernong, N.C. North writes of the scarcity of provisions, the movement of slaves, and cautions Charles against … Continue reading

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6 September 1861: “We have thought continually of you, since the startling intelligence arrived of the enemy having established themselves so near you!”

Item description: Letter, 6 September 1861, from “Anna,” of Charleston, S.C., to Jane Caroline “Carey” North Pettigrew, in Tyrrell County, N.C. The writer’s identity is not known, although Anna appears to be one of Carey Pettigrew’s cousins. The letter describes … Continue reading

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31 May 1861: “[I] was really gratified to see the promptitude with which the convention acted. We are now where we ought to have been months since.”

Item description: Charles Pettigrew writes to his brother, William Pettigrew, a delegate at the Secession Convention in Raleigh, N.C., commenting on party politics and military mobilization in the state. Item citation: From folder 242 of the Pettigrew Family Papers #592, … Continue reading

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