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    Confederate Soldier's Letter Group by Andrew A. Hill of the North Carolina 7th. A total of 8 letters (28 pages total, page size varies) written between September 24, 1861 and January 7, 1864. A ninth letter written in 1865, is also included. Hill was commissioned into Company A of the NC 7th Infantry, and was wounded at Gettysburg.

    Most notable in this group is Hill's letter (1 page, 5" x 8") addressed to a Mrs. Campbell written from Winchester, Virginia on July 10, 1863: "I saw the Doctor [Campbell] on the 6th inst at Williamsport Ma, He requested me to write you & state the he was well - didn't know when he would get to the Reg't I was wounded in the Battle of Gettysburg Pa. on the 3rd in the ankle. I don't think the bone is injured. Tom Cowan & John Stockton were killed." A Dr. Campbell is mentioned in several other of Hill's letters, and is likely a member of his regiment. Written in pencil.

    The rest of the letters in this group are addressed to his family, sending news of the war and his day-to-day well being. A four-page (7" x 9.5") letter to his sister written from Guinea Station, Virginia on May 29, 1863 reads, in part: "...I have been down at the Reg't since I wrote you last. What a change from the last time I visited it. Not more than half the number present. At that time there was thirty-four officers present, nine of whom are now numbered with the silent dead... The movements of the Army seem to be at a stand still - though - everything bids fine for a forward movement on the part of Gen'l Lee. He Lee has been passing down to Richmond a time two lately. Also Hill, A.P. He (Hill) brought his wife up with him last week... It is believed that Stewart is going to make another raid, perhaps if he does - it will be the forerunner of a general move... It appears the Yankees are becoming vexed because they can't hold a hand with our Gen'ls in the field and that they have adopted their plan of subjugation to starve us out. They of late have got to making raids and make it their business to seize all provisions wherever found, even in the hands of widows and orphans..." He goes on to describe a mass desertion: "... a great many are deserting - though you didn't see a word in any of the newspapers about it, or at least I don't... There was thirty-one out of the 37th Reg't N.C.I. deserted in one night here very recently - took their guns & accoutrements &c with them. They joined with others who went from a different Reg't - who were also armed. - They were pursued by a squad of Cavalry - which overtook them (the deserters) when they formed a line of battle being about one hundred of them, they repulsed the Cavalry & went on their way rejoicing. I think this might be termed mutiny..." The last page of the letter briefly references Vicksburg and black soldiers fighting for the Union: "I see in today's paper that Vicksburg still holds out victorious. I also see it stated that a regiment of Negroes were taken prisoner in Arkansas and the whole Reg't Officers & all were hung right on the spot = all right - I think. The officers were white men though black in principal. If the negroes are going to fight they might to petition for a black flag, for they will never find any greatness when taken prisoners..." This letter has flatted folds, stray ink stains along one edge of the first page, and two bits of paper loss at top affecting all pages and a handful of words. Uneven toning and light soiling on page four.

    Writing from Virginia less than two weeks before Gettysburg ("Cap Greg. Va. June 21st 1863"), to his sister: "... [James Henry] Lane's and [William D.] Pender 's Brigades have been under marching orders since Sunday. They expected to have gone to the Old North State on at least started Monday morning, but the order has been countermanded for a few days, as they are looking for a nother battle on the Rappahannock soon... it is a shame to keep our Gen's from sending any forces to Eastern Carolina. Burnsides will try to keep our troops here & make an attack on the coast of N. Carolina..."

    Condition: Overall condition is good. In addition to the July 10, 1863 letter; a September 29, 1861 letter is also written in pencil, that letter is on coarse Confederate lined paper with toning and stray foxing; but remains very legible. Three other letters are written on similar paper, including one dated Oct. 3, 1862, written ink which has faded and is difficult to read. A letter dated Nov. 4, 1861 has a hole torn in the center, possible at the time the cover was torn open, affecting all four pages, and many words; but context remains.


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