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Raleigh Oct 22nd 1864

Dearest Will

Yours from City Point reached me safely, although that from Bermuda Hundreds did not come to hand. We all rejoiced over it & praised & blessed God for your safety. He has mercifully preserved you through so many dangers, devote yourself to His service at all times & in all places. Your Father is at his country home. I have appointed no time for leaving for I am enjoying myself & I have gained 3 & 1/2  lbs. by weight. The Genl. cannot put his foot to the floor yet & is a great sufferer at times. He now desires company & we all read aloud to him by turns. Yr sister is very kind in reading to him. Mr Thos Branch has rented Dr. Richard Haywood’s house & is moving in. Mr. Henry Brian has rented the one your Uncle occupies & yr Uncle has determined to return to the country. It is his fault for he would not secure it when it was offered to him. Old Mr. Sheppard has died recently & also Judge Donnell. Mary Mason is to assist us in making a burl frame for yr portrait. It is a great comfort to me to look at it. The Devereux are well. Annie is with us very often. George is really gaining strength at last. The others well. I sent up letters to yr Father to gladden his heart. He missed you sadly. All send heart felt love. Confer with my friends if possible & let me know who are still living if you can. Would that I could write more.

Most affectionately & devotedly

yr Mother.


Source:  W.H.C. Burgwyn Papers, State Archives of North Carolina and found on www.ncecho.org

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Old Capital Prison

Washington City D. C.

Oct. 14th/64

My dear Father

I received a very kind & affectionate letter from Uncle David yesterday enclosing me $100.00 from him & offering more as Mr Dehon was not in the City. He also wrote desiring me to come and stay with him as a prisoner if possible; he said he had received a letter from Mother which was “as a star in a cloudy night” & the only letter received from any of the family in over three years. he himself is in very feeble health & walks with difficulty with the help of a stick but all of his family are well. Mr Dehon is also in very bad health & consequently spends but little of his time in Boston but is expected there every day. Uncle David’s address in No 40 State St Boston Mass.

Mr Sumner he writes has been dead about three years. With the help of the $100.00 I will get along very well. I wrote asking Mr Dehon to get me a pr of pants jacket & vest of grey cloth which will make me quite comfortable. The only drawback or want experienced is books but I think I may buy some. I have sent for Shakespears works pocket edition.  I am in hopes of hearing at any day from home. Never forget to write particularly how is the health of those at home & the Devereux family.  I am in very good health & only very anxious to get exchanged. Write frequently and address your letter to Capt W. H. Hatch Asst Agent of Exchange War Department Richmond Va or to Col Ould & they will be sent here. Write if my horses trunks & Pompey got home safely. My best love to all dear Father.

Your most affet Son

  1. H. S. Burgwyn Capt & A.A. Genls

Clingman’s Brigade


Source: WHS Burgwyn Papers, State Archives of North Carolina as found on www.ncecho.org

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Oct 11.1864

Capt W. H. S. Burgwyn

A.A.G. Genl  Clingman’s Brigade

Old Capitol Prison

Washington, D.C.

My dear nephew

Last evening I received yours of 6th inst informing me of your captivity & destitute condition. At the earliest moment this morning I sought Mr. Debow, who is absent. I am sorry I cannot come to you in person, but I am a cripple, barely able to totter about with help of a stick. I however enclose five twenty dollar U S treasury notes, & send them by what I believe to be a safe & speedy conveyance, hoping they may ameliorate your condition till you can hear from Mr. Debow. You do not say that you are hurt & I trust therefore that you are uninjured. Mr. Debow is expected home daily, and as soon as he arrives I will inform him of your situation. His health is not good & he is absent a great deal on that account.

I suppose it cannot be contraband to add that my family are well & all desire the kindest remembrance to you. Your namesake on the hill has been dead nearly three years. We had a letter from your mother a few weeks since the first for three or more years. It came by permission of the authorities & was like a star in a cloudy night.

Write me when you can, and let me know if I can do any thing to render your condition more comfortable. If the thing is possible we should like to have you here, as prisoner, if on no better terms. What do you say.

My Post Office address is Boston, No. 40 State St. & I am

Afftely yours

  1. J. Greenough

P.S. Advise me if the money comes to hand & if you want more


Source: WHS Burgwyn Papers, State Archives of North Carolina as found on www.ncecho.org


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Telegram to Col. H.K. Burgwyn: 
October 2, 1864
Your son Capt Burgwyn was captured by the Enemy sept 30th near Chaffins Bluff. 
A. M. Erwing Maj
Telegram sent to Raleigh from Petersburg.  North Carolina State Archives, WHS Burgwyn Papers.

Telegram sent to Raleigh from Petersburg. North Carolina State Archives, WHS Burgwyn Papers.

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Head Quarters of Clingmans Brigade

near Petersburg

June 25th 1864

My dear Col

After long delay your letter reached me in the trenches where I have been for more than fifty days. I have delayed answering it for a week or two in the hope that I might get to some place when I could write with ink but believe it altogether uncertain when I can do that.

You wish me to state particularly what has been the conduct of your son Capt Burgwyn while on my staff. This it gives me great pleasure to do he has always shown himself intelligent energetic & efficient.  While at Newberne I had an opportunity of seeing that he carried out orders with the same alacrity in danger that he did out of it. In the campaigns in this state he was equally courageous and prompt. In the charge on the enemy at Drewrys Bluff which decided the contest and defeated the entire army of the enemy though made with only two of my Regiments he was in the front rank of the attack. Both then and at Bermuda Hundreds he rendered good service.

At the latter place he became so unwell that I ordered him to the rear. Nevertheless I was surprised that he insisted on following the Brigade when it went through Richmond. Just after we had gotten through a severe fight on the evening of the 31st of May in which with only three regiments of my Brigade and some Cavalry two Corps of the enemy were held in check and that position saved he came to me in the night though so feeble that I endeavoured to induce him to go to the rear. He insisted on lying with me on the ground that night and next day was in the hard struggle of June 1st in which my Brigade defeated the enemy in front and though attacked in flank and rear because Woffords [sic] Georgia Brigade ran away from our left still held its ground and saved to Genl Lee’s Army that most important position. Capt Burgwyn was very active in assisting to form the new line of battle and while advancing with it to the attack I learned afterwards was wounded. I must have been within a few yards of him at the time on the right of the line but owing to the confusion and noise of the occasion and the many duties that devolved on me I was not aware of the accident to him at the time. It was not until we had retaken our position that I learned from Col McKethan that he had been wounded near him & sent to the rear.

While I deeply regret the injury to him yet I trust he will soon be able to return to the field I learn that the new Staff Bill gives me two Adjt Genls and I shall be pleased to give him one of them if he cannot do better. As I have formerly told him I will give him the preference over any one else if he should prefer to return to me which I hope he will be able soon to do.

As to your other son I know not what temporary employment I could give him that would suit him & hence as he is so soon to return to school again had he not better remain at home.  I have written this note finally amid the hissing of bullets & the war of Artillery. I have not been out of the trenches for any length of time for more than fifty days. If you think proper you can have this copied with ink. I do not know when it will reach [was or as?] the mails onward interrupted I shall always be pleased to hear from you and to serve you if I can.

Yours truly & etc

T. L. Clingman Brig. Genl.

In haste to Col H. K. Burgwyn


Source: WHS Burgwyn Papers, North Carolina State Archives, and found on www.ncecho.org

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Tuesday 16th February 1864

Went in the city [Petersburg] in the AM and called upon Miss Mary Robinson & Miss Mary Johnson & Miss Pattie Branch. Received a letter from Father enclosing a short one from Mother dated 15th inst. Wrote Mother in the AM & in the PM Father.

Had a very handsome Valentine sent me today through a lady friend but have not been able discover who sent it. Took tea at Miss Maj Scott & had the pleasure of meeting Lieut Haws (post Marshall) 7 his lady. Had a most pleasant evening returned to camp about 12 PM weather very windy in the after part of the day & turned very cold.

Source: William H. S. Burgwyn Diary. North Carolina State Archives, Raleigh, NC

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Burgwyn Spur H1932.11.2

One of H.K. Burgwyn’s Spurs, as returned to his family after his death at Gettysburg. North Carolina Museum of History, Accession Number H1932.11.1-2

Burgwyn's sword, sent to his family. See today's earlier post on the logistics of returning personal effects to family at hom.

Burgwyn’s sword, sent to his family. See today’s earlier post on the logistics of returning personal effects to family at home. North Carolina Museum of History, Accession Number H1914.174.1

Depiction of HK Burgwyn by Don Troani. North Carolina Museum of History Accession Number H1989.139.1

Depiction of HK Burgwyn by Don Troani. North Carolina Museum of History Accession Number H1989.139.1

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