Tag Archives: William S. Pettigrew

18 December 1863: “…you will in a short time receive the settlement of your brother’s affairs…”

Item description: Letter, dated 18 December 1863, from James J. Iredell to William S. Pettigrew.  The letter discusses arrangements relating to the financial accounts of Pettigrew’s late brother, James Johnston Pettigrew, specifically his pay from the Confederate army, and conditions … Continue reading

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12 June 1863: “we have been living entirely on credit, & obliged to remove one daughter from school.”

Item description: Letter, 12 June 1863, from Mary E. Bell to William S. Pettigrew. In the letter, Bell describes her family’s misfortunes and asks for monetary aid from Pettigrew so that she may pay for her daughter’s school fees to … Continue reading

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30 January 1863: “much of the County on the opposite side of the sound from us, is now guarded and held by armed negroes…”

Item description: Letter, dated 30 January 1863, from D.G. Cowand to William S. Pettigrew. Item citation: From the Pettigrew Family Papers #592, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Item transcription: Hd. Qrs. 32nd Reg. N.C.T. Near Goldsboro … Continue reading

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19 January 1863: “Jack and family I left at Mocksville Venus was not in a condition to be moved…”

Item description: Letter, 19 January 1863, from John A. Campbell to William S. Pettigrew. The letter details Campbell’s attempts to move and hire out Pettigrew’s slaves in and around Winston, North Carolina. Item Citation: From folder 261 of the Pettigrew … Continue reading

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16 January 1863: “Allen informs me that himself and his family have not, as yet, received all the clothing due them for the past year.”

Item description: Letter, 16 January 1863, from William S. Pettigrew to Dr. A. Palmer regarding the hire of a family of Pettigrew’s slaves. Item Citation: From folder 261 of the Pettigrew Family Papers #592, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University … Continue reading

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14 January 1863: “I am for ending it at once by hanging every Yankee caught after this, dating back to 1st Jany.”

Item description: Letter, 14 January 1863, from D.G. Cowand to William S. Pettigrew. Item citation: From the Pettigrew Family Papers #592, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Item transcription: Hd. Qrs. 32nd Regt. N.C.T. … Continue reading

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14 November 1862: “I am very anxious to go to my native state to defend the soil that that the miserable abolitionists of the hated and cowardly state of Massachusetts are now polluting.”

Item description: Letter, 14 November 1862, from D.G. Cowand to William S. Pettigrew. Cowand wrote to thank his friend for lobbying the governor on his behalf for a command in North Carolina should troops be raised to defend the home … 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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