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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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11 October 1862: “Capt. Craddock will please carry my negroes as far up as Rocky Mount”

Item description: Letter, 11 October 1862, from William S. Pettigrew to Captain James Craddock, making plans to meet in Rocky Mount, N.C., so that Pettigrew could take possession of his slaves. [Please see the post for 1 October 1862 for more information … Continue reading

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4 October 1862: “I much regretted to learn that Mr. Foushee was so much dissatisfied with the bargain he had made with me for my negroes & mules.”

Item description: Letter, 4 October 1862, from William S. Pettigrew, Haywood, Chatham County, N.C., to William Campbell, Watson’s Bridge, N.C. During this period in the war, William S. Pettigrew was consolidating many of his slaves from his plantations in Union-occupied … Continue reading

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1 October 1862: “When there we will seize the negroes at night & leave immediately with them for the mouth of the River & there set sail for the Bertie shore, & thence direct to the up-country.”

Item description: Letter, 1 October 1862, from William S. Pettigrew (1818-1900), Haywood Plantation, Chatham County, N.C., to his sister, Anne B. S. Pettigrew (1830-1864), Raleigh, N.C. In the letter, William Pettigrew explains his reasons for not enlisting in the Confederate service … Continue reading

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5 July 1862: “…better give a 1000 Yankees (including all the Gen’ls lately taken) than lose one of such inestimable value as your dear Brother”

Item description: Letter from M. Marshal to Mary Pettigrew, 5 July 1862. Mrs. Marshall notes her pleasure at finding that General Pettigrew, Mary’s brother, was not killed in battle but is captured, and wishes his safe return. She goes on … 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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19 June 1862: “your acquaintance with the hire of servants in the camp renders you much more competent than myself to decide as to what would be just both to yourself & to his owner.”

Item description: Letter, 19 June 1862, from William S. Pettigrew to Lieutenant Louis Gourdin Young, aid-de-camp to William’s brother, General James Johnston Pettigrew, concerning the fate of the General’s body servant Peter. Peter had been sent in October 1861 to … 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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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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