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2 June 1862: “Peter shall be as well cared for as if the General were alive. His grief at the loss of the General is most touching & draws out the sympathies of all of us.”

Item description: Letter, dated 2 June 1862, from Louis Gourdin Young, aide-de-camp to Brigadier General James Johnston Pettigrew (CSA). The letter appears to be addressed to the General’s brother, William S. Pettigrew. In his message, Young delivers a report on … Continue reading

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28 March 1862: “To day is a gloomy one in the calendar. Jackson’s reverse has cast down the whole community.”

Item Description: Letter to James Johnston Pettigrew, from sister M. B Pettigrew, Hillsborough, N.C., March 28, [1862?].  In her letter, she describes the mood and reactions of people after the “reverses” of Stonewall Jackson, reports on the aftereffects on several … Continue reading

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27 January 1862: “We must know something more decided as to these marauders before any of us move.”

Item description: Letter, 27 January 1862, from Jane Caroline North Pettigrew to her brother, James Johnston Pettigrew. Caroline comments on the impending arrival of Burnside’s forces and the prevailing feeling of uncertainty among residents of coastal North Carolina.     … Continue reading

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22 October 1861: “What an unhappy scamp is Peter – but pray dont be too hard on poor Laura – she was young & a fool”

Item description: Letter, 22 October 1861, from Jane Petigru North, Badwell Plantation, Abbeville, South Carolina, to her daughter, Jane Caroline “Carey” North Pettigrew, Bonarva Plantation, Tyrrell County, N.C. The letter briefly mentions Peter, quite possibly the slave who had fathered a … Continue reading

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8 October 1861: “Please say to your brother that I sent servant boy Peter in charge of Mr. Houghton from Edenton. Ask him to let me know if he went safe.”

Item description: Letter, 8 October 1861, from D.G. Cowand to William S. Pettigrew. Cowand’s detailed letter gives his opinions on the defense of eastern North Carolina, especially in the wake of the Battle of Hatteras Inlet. Near the close of … Continue reading

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2 October 1861: “Peter is well acquainted with horses, is a capable servant in many respects, he can make clothes and is a first rate nurse”

Item description: Charles L. Pettigrew to James Johnston Pettigrew, 2 October 1861 In October 1861, Charles L. Pettigrew sent Peter to the Confederate army to serve Brigadier General James Johnston Pettigrew, Charles’s brother. Peter had the responsibility for managing General … Continue reading

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1 October 1861: “And I immediately commenced casting about for a servant to send to you.”

Item description: William S. Pettigrew to James Johnston Pettigrew, 1 October 1861 When Brigadier General James Johnston Pettigrew wrote to his family back home in North Carolina requesting that a servant be sent to him, William S. Pettigrew hastened to send Peter, one … Continue reading

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