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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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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 January 1862: “I am packed for flight and from day to day we do not know when the order to leave may come.”

Item description: Letter, 22 January 1862, from Mary (“Minnie”) Charlotte North Allston to her sister, Jane Caroline “Carey” North Pettigrew. Minnie describes her anxieties relating to the impending arrival of the Burnside Expedition and the likelihood that she will soon … Continue reading

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18 January 1862: “thare is some boys knows how to handle a gun yet on that soil…”

Item description: Letter, 18 January 1862, from Malachi J. White to William S. Pettigrew. Throughout 1861 and 1862, William S. Pettigrew was in Raleigh, serving as Washington County’s representative to the North Carolina Secession Convention. During his absence from his … Continue reading

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9 January 1862: “…should your defences at Roanoke Island prove as ineffectual as ours at Port Royal, it will be dreadful indeed…”

 Image description: Letter,  9 January 1862., from Jane Gilbert North to William Pettigrew, her cousin. [Transcription available below images]            Item citation: From folder 250 of the Pettigrew Family Papers, #592, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, … Continue reading

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1 January 1862: “we may expect an attack soon on Roanoke Island and other points near us…already several negroes have left here or near here…”

Image description: Letter to William S. Pettigrew from S. H. McRae, 1 January 1862, about the potential for attacks on Roanoke Island by Union forces, and seeking Pettigrew’s influence to secure more Confederate troops as a precaution in case of … Continue reading

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31 December 1861: “The fire which has swept through our dear old city is indeed an appalling calamity.”

Item description: Letter from “Uncle Henry” to Carie (Carey) Pettigrew about the Charleston fire, 31 December 1861         Item citation: from folder 249 in Pettigrew Family Papers #592, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina … Continue reading

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24 December 1861: “I do heartily mourn the grief & desolation of this appalling destruction.”

Item description: Letter from Jane Caroline North Pettigrew to her mother, 24 December 1861.       Item citation: from folder 249 in Pettigrew Family Papers #592, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Item … 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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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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