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22 January 1863: “I really do not see how old bachelors can get on unless they live in haunted houses. An occasional ghost must be great company to them.”

Item description: Letter, 22 January 1863, from Charles Woodward Hutson to his mother. More about Charles Woodward Hutson: Charles Woodward Hutson (1840-1936) grew up on plantations in Beaufort District, S.C., attended South Carolina College, served throughout the Civil War in Virginia, … Continue reading

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16 August 1862: “it seems likely that another general engagement like that of Manassas will occur on that line…”

Item description: Letter, 16 August 1862, from Charles Woodward Hutson to his father. Item citation: From the Charles Woodward Hutson Papers, #362, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Item transcription: 16th Aug. 1862. … Continue reading

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14 August 1862: “I feel that I am not as yet in fit condition to undertake a weary march under an August sun…”

Item description: Letter, 14 August 1862, from Charles Woodward Hutson to his mother. The letter also includes two follow up notes: one dated 15 August 1862, and one undated. Item citation: From the Charles Woodward Hutson Papers, #362, Southern Historical … Continue reading

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18 February 1862: “For breakfast, schedule reads ‘biscuits'; for dinner ‘biscuits & salt beef’, for supper sometimes ‘biscuits’, oftenest ‘nothing with tea or coffee’.”

Item description: Letter, 18 February, 20 February, and 21 February 1862, from Charles Woodward Hutson to his mother. Hutson describes the availability of food in camp and details a skirmish near the Occoquan River in Virginia. [Transcription available below images.] … Continue reading

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27 October 1861: “The sins most commonly committed are profaneness & gambling, both of which to a man of nice breeding offer no attraction at all, & are offensive to the taste of a gentleman.”

Item description: Letter, dated 27 October 1861, from Charles Woodward Hutson to his mother. Hutson details articles of clothing and other provisions that he would like sent from home (in order to prepare for the coming winter). He also writes … Continue reading

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13 October 1861: “You seem to regard Sunday as little as we. Relief from drills, & the bore of an Inspection are the incidents which make the day with us.”

Item description: Letter, 13 October 1861, from Charles Woodward Hutson to his mother. Hutson comments on the health of his fellow soldiers, including a pair of “sickly brothers, who have been sick off & on ever since we left Charleston.” … Continue reading

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6 October 1861: “We have heard of great victories, of late, in other quarters. Why is there no fighting in this section?”

Item description: Letter, 6 October 1861, from Charles Woodward Hutson to his mother, discussing life in camp as part of the Hampton’s Legion South Carolina Infantry. He expresses his frustration at the relative inactivity on the front during this period … Continue reading

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11 September 1861: “I do not think you can understand the peculiar horror with which we seeing death in its more sudden forms & hearing of it almost daily & coming to regard it as natural here, are affected when we are told that the place of some dear one in the quiet scenes of our home life is vacant forever.”

Item description: Letter, 11 September 1861, from Charles Woodward Hutson to his mother. [Transcription available after images.] Item citation: From folder 3 of the Charles Woodward Hutson Papers, #362, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at … Continue reading

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19 August 1861: “If we are to winter near the Potomac, I think I will certainly need flannel drawers, but not until the winter-season fairly sets in.”

Item description: In this letter of 19 August 1861 to his family, Charles Woodward Hutson comments on the large number of cases of typhoid fever and other ailments plaguing his fellow soldiers, noting, “too many suffer from a disease still … Continue reading

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12 August 1861: “Nearly three hundred of our men are under the Surgeon’s charge. Most of these are down with the measles.”

Item description: Still convalescing after being wounded at the Battle of First Bull Run (First Manassas), Charles Woodward Hutson writes this letter to his sister to update her on the progress of his recovery and the general health of his … Continue reading

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