Tag Archives: Peter Mallett

6 November 1863: “I must express to you the great gratification and interest felt in perusing the report, which will be filed at this office with pride as a North Carolinian”

Item Description: Letter, 6 November 1863, from Col. Peter Mallett, Commandant for Conscripts, to University of North Carolina President David L. Swain, notifying Swain of the War Department’s acceptance of his request to exempt UNC seniors from conscription. [Item transcription available … Continue reading

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7 September 1863: “Since commencing this letter I have learned that our troops succeeded in evacuating the forts last night.”

Item description: Letter, 7 September 1863, from Ed Mallett to his brother Peter Mallett about fighting taking place in Charleston Harbor, the early stages of the Second Battle of Fort Sumter. Item citation: From the Peter Mallett Papers, #480, Southern … Continue reading

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22 April 1863: “The whole district is against us & no certain information can be gained any where.”

Item Description: Letter, 22 April 1863, from John McRae to Peter Mallett about McRae’s efforts to round up deserters in Wake County, N.C.John McRae (1793-1880) served as postmaster at Fayetteville, N.C., with his father, Duncan, 1801-1853. He then went into private business … Continue reading

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5 March 1863: “On hobbling back to Raleigh, he finds himself superseded by Col. August…”

Item description: Letter, dated 5 March 1863, from Zebulon Vance to Confederate Secretary of War James Seddon recommending the reinstatement of Col. Peter Mallett. Item citation: From Box 1, Folder 7 in the Peter Mallett Papers, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson … Continue reading

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12 December 1862: “The following is a list of substitute money delivered by me to Col. Peter Mallett, Commdt. at Camp Holmes near Raleigh N.C. on Dec. 12th 1862.”

Item description: List, dated 12 December 1862, of substitutes, as reported to Col. Peter Mallett, head of Confederate conscription in North Carolina. Item citation: From the Peter Mallett Papers, #480, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  

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22 August 1862: “Feeling a deep interest and even anxiety in the speedy and faithful execution of the conscript law, I cannot allow myself to be represented as opposed or even neutral towards it.”

Item description: Clerk’s copy of a letter, dated 22 August 1862, from North Carolina Governor Henry T. Clark to Confederate President Jefferson Davis. The letter continues a discussion about conscription among Clark, Davis, Confederate Secretary of War George W. Randolph … Continue reading

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5 August 1862: “Major Mallett reports that the desertions are numerous and that 200 men overpowered 10 guards and went off in a body.”

Item description: Clerk’s copy of a letter, dated 5 August 1862, from Confederate Secretary of War George W. Randolph to Jefferson Davis. The letter concerns conscription. Peter Mallett was a merchant of Fayetteville, N.C., and New York City; and a … Continue reading

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30 June 1862: “I am induced to believe that the law is not as “distasteful” as his Excellency imagines and with his cooperation and assistance there would be comparatively no objection to it.”

Item description: Letter, 30 June 1862, from Peter Mallett, head of Conscription for North Carolina, to Gen. George W. Randolph, Confederate Secretary of War.   Item citation: From folder 6 in the Peter Mallett Papers, #480, Southern Historical Collection, The … Continue reading

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24 June 1862: “The conscript act is very distasteful to our people and doubts of its constitutionality have been raised…”

Item description: Clerk’s copy of a letter, dated 24 June 1862, from North Carolina Governor Henry T. Clark to Maj. Peter Mallett, head of Confederate conscription in North Carolina.       Item citation: From folder 6 in the Peter Mallett … Continue reading

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7 September 1861: “Aunt Mary arrived here from Newbern last week. the Yankee droved her from it …”

Item description: Twelve-year-old Susie Mallett writes this letter to her relatives in Chapel Hill while her father, Peter Mallett, served in the 3rd North Carolina Infantry. In the letter, Susie notes the arrival of her aunt Mary Mallett from New … Continue reading

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