Lot 1060
Archive of 22 Letters Written to Young North Carolina Confederate Soldier
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The recipient being Private Thomas M. Carr, Jr., Co. "B", 2nd Battalion North Carolina Junior Reserves, with the letters being penned by his father and others between April 6,1864 and March 24, 1865. The earliest correspondence is from Private William M. Martin, Co. "K," 56th North Carolina Infantry, Weldon, NC, April 6, 1864, to Kerr (sic), Martindale, NC, two pages, octavo, reading, in part: "...There is some fool secessionists here and (they) advocate fighting on but most of the men are for peace they are hollowing Hurah for Holden almost every day There is a great deal of amusement & games of every sort in camp a great deal of wickedness...." William Martin was captured during the defense of Petersburg and survived a POW's stay at Point Lookout. Letters from Thomas M. Carr, Sr., Martindale, NC, to his son, mostly at Weldon, read in small part: " (May 26, 1864) ...that little brown boy that went off with Capt. Alexander is wounded. he was shot in the arm & (it) was cut off near the shoulder joint...; (May 30, 1864) ...The Army news is very important. Gen Lee is fell back, on last Friday (by dispatch) was in about 10 miles of Richmond...Gen Johnston of Georgi has fell back to near Atlanta...11 Yankeys made there escape from our guards at Charlotte yesterday morning...; (July 11, 1864) ...the Yankeys have torn up the rail roads from Richmond & Petersburg so that the mails are not running...the Yankeys had taken Morganton & were in a few miles of Statesville...(July 19, 1864) ...M Martin at last he was safe the 2 day of this months he says the Yankyeys were in 25 yards of them & thinks that our boys are going to be taken or all killed...(September 9, 1864) Jeff Davis was through Charlotte last Wednesday & made a speech at the depot & passed on to Georgia...; (October 24, 1864)...The Confederate Medical Board is in sesion this week in Charlotte & I expect that they will take the last men in the country...There is now a proposition by representatives in the congress of the Confederacy & will introduce next Congress to conscript the negroes to fight...& at the end of the war they are to be set free for the services...(January 2, 1865)...I know there is going to be hard fighting in the Eastern part of this state before long. Lees Army will be obliged to fall back to this state ere long & North carolina & south carolina will be the seat of war & will not last much longer from reports. Hood has lost his whole army in Tennessee. Sherman has got Savannah Ga & 33000 bags of cotton...this he presented to old Abe as a Christmas gift...he will be to Charlotte in a month or so - we have no secesh now. I believe that the last man of them now say that the confederacy is done." Included are 13 hand-carried postal covers lacking stamps and a form imprinted by the Confederate Medical Examining Board granting T. M. Carr 30 days extended furlough.

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The Lifelong Collection of Keith and Caroline Gray, Charlotte, NC. Keith and Caroline Gray were passionate about antiques, art, and history. Together they attended antique shows and auctions for decades – assembling a collection particularly strong on American coin silver, Asian art, historical documents, early images, and English ceramics. Both were longtime supporters of the Mint Museum in Charlotte, with Caroline serving in multiple capacities from docent to a member of the acquisitions board and trustee. Caroline translated her love of material culture into a successful career, becoming a certified property appraiser in Charlotte.

Age toning, else fine condition.