Civil War and post war archive related to the Craige Family, North Carolina, 75 plus items. 1st group: 14 Civil War era documents and letters. 1 handwritten timeline of North Carolina in the Civil War, and 13 Civil War letters related to Francis Burton Craige (1811-1875), U.S. Congressman from North Carolina, and a member of the Confederate Congress. The letters contain correspondence between Craige's three sons, Francis Burton Craige, Jr. (1846-1913), Captain in the 33rd N.C. Infantry, James A. Craige (1841-1914), Major in the 57th N.C. Infantry, and Kerr Craige (1843-1904), Captain in 1st N.C. Calvary who also served as Aide de Camp to General James Bryan Gordon for most of the war. Most of the letters talk of hardships and happenings of camp life. In a letter written by James A. Craige on March 24, 1864, he tells his sister about a great snowball fight where his N.C. brigade charged a Virginia brigade, they were whipped and he was knocked from his horse several times by enemy snowballs. A letter written by Burton Craige to his son Francis from Washington on January 15, 1861, "It is reported this morning that soldiers will be withdrawn from Fort Sumpter. Whether it is true or not I do not know. I hope it is so. It may preserve the peace during Buchanan Administration. Lincoln will doubless attempt after the fourth of March to coerce the seceding states unless all the fourteen states secede…". A letter written May 22, 1864, by Hon. Burton Craige to his daughter, tells of the death of General James Bryan Gordon at the battle of Meadow Bridge. He relays the news of her brother Kerr who arrived with the body of Gordon, and that his life had been saved when a musket ball glanced off of the buckle of his sword belt. Gordon's body was received at the depot by a large group of citizens and decorated with a wreath. 2nd group: 15 Postbellum documents and letters related to the Francis Burton Craige family, and North Carolina in the Civil War. 2 copies of "The Richmond Dispatch", 1893, concerning the reinternment of Confederate President Jefferson Davis, 1 copy of the Roster of the Ex-Confederate Soldiers Living in Lincoln County with THE ADDRESS of A. NIXON, Delivered before the United Daughter of the Confederacy and Confederate Veterans in Court House, Lincolnton, N.C., on Memorial Day, Friday, May 10, 1907. 4 letters and documents from 1902, from Jefferson Davis Monument Association, USDAR, related to the memorials of Confederate Veterans. 5 letters and documents related to Mrs. Annie Erwin Craige Allison, youngest daughter of Burton Craige. Included is a letter dated August 25, 1900 from R. E. Wilson, a Confederate veteran to Mrs. Allison regarding a letter about the first confeterate soldier killed in the war. He writes, "I have never read any history of the rebellion, written by a dam yankee, for the reason, that I dont believe that one ever lived, or died, that could speak or write the truth about anything". 1 application blank, of Alfred Burton Young, for the Confederate States of America Roll of Honour in Confederate Museum, Richmond, Virginia. 1 letter from B. Perry to Child of Hon. Burton Craige, requesting a signed letter of Burton Craige from between the years of 1860-65. Perry mentions that he was bequethed a collection of autograph manuscripts, written by prominent men in military history, and notes that he is lacking some from Burton Craige. 1 letter from a Burton Craige decendant to Mr. R. B. House, Chancellor of the University of North Carolina, dated July 15, 1955, regarding a portrait of Burton Craige, and its placement in the library of the University. 1 handwritten manuscript by Anne Craige Allison titled "The Southern Spirit in the War", attempting to argue the southern soldier's side in the confict. Provenance: Nashville, Tennessee estate. Note: See related Craige family lot, #492. CONDITION: 1st group: Most letters are in good condition, some with minor tears and separations at fold lines. On one letter by Burton Craige to his son Frank, the signature has been cut from the letter. 2nd group: Overall good condition, with some foxing and general handling wear.
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