Tag Archives: William Pettigrew

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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19 November 1861: “the result of these elections shows an improved condition among our people for we are to remember that half of the voting population of our country is absent in their country’s defence…”

Item description: Letter, 19 November 1861, from Hardy Hardison, Scuppernong, N.C., to William S. Pettigrew, Raleigh, N.C.  In the letter, Hardison, a local physician, alludes to the controversy surrounding the election of militia officers in Washington County in late 1861. … 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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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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31 May 1861: “[I] was really gratified to see the promptitude with which the convention acted. We are now where we ought to have been months since.”

Item description: Charles Pettigrew writes to his brother, William Pettigrew, a delegate at the Secession Convention in Raleigh, N.C., commenting on party politics and military mobilization in the state. Item citation: From folder 242 of the Pettigrew Family Papers #592, … Continue reading

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