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I am prepared to receive orders for Hair Jewelry and ornaments, patterns of every style and descriptions can be seen at my store. Also, on hand a few solid plain gold rings, which will be sold at prices to suit the times.
Source: Greensborough Patriot February 5, 1863
On October 21, 1862, Lorenzo Leigh Bennett, son of James and Nancy Bennett, died of sickness in a Confederate Army Hospital in Winchester, Virginia. He was a private in the 27th North Carolina Infantry. He was laid to rest in Mount Hebron Cemetery in a grave incorrectly marked as L. L. Burnett for more than 125 years until the Sons of Confederate Veterans, Lorenzo Bennett & Robert Duke Camp of Durham, NC discovered the error and replaced the grave marker with a proper headstone so Lorenzo would be properly remembered.
You can visit the Bennett homestead in Durham and pay homage to James and Nancy’s son. Visit them on the web or in person! Bennett Place State Historic Site
Source: Collections of North Carolina State Historic Sites, Accession # 2008.6.15
Camp of Daniel’s Brigade near Drewry’s Bluff October 7th 1862
Ma Chere Socur,
This is the seventh of October, your birthday. Allow me to congratulate you & wish you many happy returns, hoping the children won’t hit you too hard, in giving you your slaps in accordance with the old custom.
This is your seventeenth, I believe. I hope you won’t begin to feel too much like an old woman yet, or an old maid either. You mustn’t give up all hope so soon.
Ma’s letter of the 25th ult only reached us yesterday afternoon. I hope the mail isn’t taking up its bad habits again, after going on as well as it has for so long. But Ma didn’t direct exactly right, she ought to put “Proctor’s Creek, near Drewry’s Bluff, Va.” I’m glad to hear that you’re getting better, but I was hoping you were well.
Go to the Mineral Spring every morning about sunrise, & you’ll be well in a little while. Jon Webb was hurt right badly tother day, just like Eck Hirkland was, only not so much. The horse fell back on him & bruised his knee considerably, but fortunately no bones were broken. The saddle was smashed all to pieces. He’s almost well again now; he walks about a good deal with very little difficulty. He was mighty lucky in escaping as well as he did.
Plenty of “taters” come into camp at a dollar a peck which we sometimes give, by way of variety. We eat you a birthday dinner today of beef steak, but we might almost as well have eaten old shoe soles, twas so tough & tasteless. However it went off pretty fast, although, as Papa says, if it hadn’t been beef, we wouldn’t have eaten it. To console ourselves for that, we went & bought a couple of ducks to have for dinner tomorrow. Persimmons are ripe here. There’s a tree right by our tent of the best I ever saw, & as it’s about the only fruit we can get we make way with them as fast as they fall.
Pa’s letter of the 2nd came this morning, informing us of his return from Lincolnton. It came right quickly so you may as well keep on directing in the same way that Ma did. It’s been a tremendously long time since you’ve written to me. What’s the matter with you? Ma says you’ve heard from Ashe’s “Tete” lately, & that she’s well, at which Ashe seemed to be delighted. But the Yankees have been stealing their property it seems. They better stay away from there & let our friends alone.
Col. Tew, I hear, was certainly not killed, but taken prisoner. I hope it maybe so, that is, that it may prove to be no worse than that. He has been reported killed three times. I hope it’s the same way this time that is has been before.
Tell Minna Lou thankye for her letter. I’ll try to find time to answer it soon.
How are all the people of Hillsboro? Have there been any improvements lately? Miss Alethea married yet? Carrie isn’t sick much is she? Are the rest of you well? We are getting along firstrate. So now wishing you a Merry Birthday & many happy returns.
Sam &e Nonelum
Source: North Carolina State Historic Sites Collections, Accession number SHS2008.6.12
Gold Epaulets worn by William D. Pender
Pender entered the service of the Confederate Army as a Captain but was elected Colonel of the 3rd North Carolina Regiment in May 1861. He was re-assigned to lead the 6th North Carolina in August 1861 and then was promoted to Brigadier General because of his leadership at the Battle of Seven Pines in 1862. In May 1863, he was promoted to Major General. Prior to the war, Pender was in the service of the US Army and served as a First Lieutenant, serving on the western frontiers of New Mexico, California, Oregon, and the Washington Territory.
Description: The sides of the chest are made from solid wood sections; top and bottom from one wide board and one narrow board. Top has wooden bands perpendicular to the boards nailed in to hold the top pieces together. Left hinge moved towards center due to prior splitting of wood; remnants of leather handles on each side, held in place by hand forged nails or staples. Paper label on top right partially legible “Delware Ave… Philadelphia, PA.” Latch center front with hasp on top. Interior shallow tray with two compartments and leather handles for lifting. Large padlock, key missing, has eight point stars at stress points. Lock cover has embossed flower and intertwined letter “C” and “S.”
Source: North Carolina Museum of History. Accession numbers 2002.64.1-2. North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources. For more on Pender’s life, see his entry in NCPEDIA.
Modern museum professionals take great pains to protect the objects of history from wear and tear. However, many of the Civil War era objects collected in the early 20th century were still relatively new when collected by men such as Fred Olds, who helped create the Hall of History (forerunner of the NC Museum of History). Olds personally knew either the owners of the original equipment or their families. Let’s not forget that this stuff was less than 50 years old at the time he collected it! Some curators at the Museum of History have speculated that Olds dressed up in the uniform parts and posed in the studio for this image to serve as a model for the many Confederate monuments that were being erected around the state. We may never know why he played dress up but we’re certainly glad that he was so very good at collecting!
Photograph of Fred Olds wearing items he collected for the Hall of History in Raleigh. Olds traveled around North Carolina seeking relics of history to preserve the story of the state’s past. In this particular image, Olds is wearing James Johnston Pettigrew’s coat, Robert Ransom’s cap, William Dorsey Pender’s pants, holding Collett Leventhorpe’s sword, and looking through Bryan Grimes’ field glasses.
Source: North Carolina Museum of History, accession number 19xx.328.67. North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources.
James Johnston Pettigrew, lawyer, scholar, and Confederate general, was born at Bonarva in Tyrrell County, eighth of the nine children of Ebenezer and Ann Blount Shepard Pettigrew. At the beginning of the war, Pettigrew went to Virginia as a private in the Hampton Legion but he soon accepted election as colonel of the 22nd North Carolina Regiment. During the Battle of Seven Pines, on 31 May 1862, Pettigrew received a rifle ball through his throat and shoulder while advancing on an enemy position. Reported dead in the Confederacy, Pettigrew was picked up from the field the next morning by Federals, made prisoner, and gradually recuperated from his wounds. When exchanged he was assigned to command a brigade consisting of the Eleventh, Twenty-sixth, Forty-fourth, Forty-seventh, and Fifty-second North Carolina regiments. With these troops Pettigrew fought in a number of small battles in eastern North Carolina between September 1862 and the spring of 1863. In May 1863 Pettigrew’s brigade joined the Army of Northern Virginia for the Pennsylvania campaign. On the third day of battle at Gettysburg, Pettigrew and his division took part in the assault known to history as Pickett’s Charge. In this attack Pettigrew’s horse was hit and he was wounded in the hand. During the retreat from Pennsylvania, at the Falling Waters just north of the Potomac early in the morning of 14 July, Pettigrew was shot in the stomach. Remaining with the army, he was carried eighteen miles to Bunker Hill, (West) Va., where he died three days later at 6:25 A.M. at age thirty-five.
Visit NCPedia for more information on James Johnston Pettigrew as featured here and in yesterday posts!
Post on Pettigrew’s portrait in the NC Museum of History: http://wp.me/p1qIB8-Zv
Post on Pettigrew as prisoner: http://wp.me/p1qIB8-Zs
Post on Pettigrew as assumed dead: http://wp.me/p1qIB8-S9
Post on Pettigrew’s obituary and his survival: http://wp.me/p1qIB8-Rb