Tag Archives: South Carolina

5 February 1863: “On Saturday 31 we received the news of our glorious victory…”

Item description: Letter, dated 5 February 1863, from Louise Pettigru to Jane Caroline “Cary” North Pettigrew.  This letter describes an attack by Confederate gunboats on Union blockaders outside the Charleston harbor. [pages 5 and 6 of letter missing] Item Citation: … Continue reading

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3 February 1863, “I very much fear that famine will be among the trials that avail our people…”

Item Description: Letter, dated 3 February 1863, from Jane Gibert Pettigrew North (abbreviated JGN) to her brother, James L. Pettigrew.  She is writing from Badwell, a family plantation in South Carolina, to James while is is practicing law in Charleston.  … Continue reading

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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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12 January 1863: “…the pony is very nearly starved into death.”

Item Description: Letter, dated 12 January 1863 from Charles Lockhart Pettigrew to his wife, Jane Caroline North Pettigrew.  The letter describes his visit to the area near Winston, NC where his slaves have been hired out to work on the … Continue reading

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22 October 1862: “Hurry up the reinforcements for Gods sake.”

Item description: Telegram, 22 October 1862, from Colonel William Stephen Walker of the Third Military District of South Carolina, commanding officer at Pocotaligo, South Carolina to Confederate Brigadier General Thomas Jordan. More about the Battle of Pocotaligo Bridge: The Battle … Continue reading

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21 October 1862: “Gen. Stewart was quite a favorite at Gainesville, especially among the ladies.”

Item description: Letter, 21 October 1862, from Cicero Adams to his wife Mary. More about Cicero Adams:  Cicero Adams was the husband of Mary Hughes and son-in-law of John H. Hughes, all from the Edgefield area of South Carolina. Cicero, along … Continue reading

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9 October 1862: “They asked me who I was, I told them that I was a ‘Rebel,’ they said ‘don’t shoot’ we surrender.’”

Item description: This letter, dated 9 October 1862, was written by James Munnerlyn to his sister, Mrs. D. S. Stocking of Charleston, S.C. Munnerlyn describes a battle with Union cavalry in the town of Frederick, Maryland. The townspeople had been cheering the … Continue reading

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25 August 1862: “Every night she suffers terrors for fear of an attack by the rebels.”

Item description: Diary entry from Laura Towne, dated 25 August 1862. [Transcription available below images]  

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23 August 1862: “He came too, to take away slaves. He wanted two especially – Rina, who was washer and ironer for the family, and the childs nurse called Bella…”

Image description: Entry, dated 23 August 1862, from the diary of Laura Towne. Towne (1825-1901) came to St. Helena as part of the Port Royal Relief Group of Pennsylvania, an abolitionist group that came to Beaufort, S.C. and the surrounding … Continue reading

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23 July 1862: “There are very many ill of the fever & Ellen & I spend a good deal of time driving to Eustis’s, where there is a crowded & sickly set of people…”

Item citation: Diary entry of Laura Towne, dated 23 July 1862. In this entry Towne notes gathering provisions for the formerly enslaved men and women of Edisto Island, as well as the health of the African American population on St. … Continue reading

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