190. James B. Heyward to Rev. O.L. Bartier -- November 6, 1862

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    Columbia S.C. Nov. 6th 1862 Rev. O. S. Barten Dear Sir I beg that you will excuse the liberty taken by a perfect stranger of addressing you to request a favour of you and hope that the circumstance under it is done will be considered by you as a sufficient apology- I had the misfortune to lose my oldest son in the battle of the 29th August at Manassas. On the receipt of news which took some time to reach as I left home to go to the field of battle in quest of his remains. I reached Warrenton on the 17th Sep. Upon inquiry at the hospitals I found some members of his company who were wounded on the same occasion and one young man who had assisted at the burial. This young man named [illegible] Miller agreed to go with me and show me the grave. Accordingly two days after he and a carpenter named Smith accompanied me on an expedition to disinhume the body. We were prevented from effecting our purpose [End Page 1] by the reported presence of the enemy on the field and our effort was fruitless. The prospect of an improved state of things being distant and important private business urging me to return home I determined to leave. But as I thought it important to make use of Millers information regarding the place of burial I commissioned Smith with his aid, which he promised to give, to disinter the remains should a favourable opportunity occur and place them in the grave yard of the Episcopal Church at Hay Market. I promised Smith to remit him $50. when he informed by letter with Miller's endowment at that of Mr E. J. Martin, another number of the company who promised to interest himself in the matter, appended, I have heard nothing of these persons since until yesterday I received a piece of paper said to have been taken from the said Millers pocket with a few lines written the son rectifying to the fact that the body had been taken up and reburied as I had requested. It is signed by J. Miller, Mr. Smith and E. J. Martin. The last named gentleman is here and denies any knowledge of the facts. My object in writing to you is to [End Page 2] request you to inquire of Smith, who is a resident of Warrenton, if the removal has been accomplished as the paper states and who were the witnesses and if so why he has not sent me a more formal statement. My Son's name was N. Heyward Jr. He was a private in Company L. 1st Reg. S. C. Vol. Greggs Brigade By giving this matter your earliest attention and replying to this you will very much oblige my dear Sir Your Obdt. Jas. B. Heyward [End Page 3]
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    Columbia S.C. Nov. 6th 1862 Rev. O. S. Barten Dear Sir I beg that you will excuse the liberty taken by a perfect stranger of addressing you to request a favour of you and hope that the circumstance under it is done will be considered by you as a sufficient apology- I had the misfortune to lose my oldest son in the battle of the 29th August at Manassas. On the receipt of news which took some time to reach as I left home to go to the field of battle in quest of his remains. I reached Warrenton on the 17th Sep. Upon inquiry at the hospitals I found some members of his company who were wounded on the same occasion and one young man who had assisted at the burial. This young man named [illegible] Miller agreed to go with me and show me the grave. Accordingly two days after he and a carpenter named Smith accompanied me on an expedition to disinhume the body. We were prevented from effecting our purpose [End Page 1] by the reported presence of the enemy on the field and our effort was fruitless. The prospect of an improved state of things being distant and important private business urging me to return home I determined to leave. But as I thought it important to make use of Millers information regarding the place of burial I commissioned Smith with his aid, which he promised to give, to disinter the remains should a favourable opportunity occur and place them in the grave yard of the Episcopal Church at Hay Market. I promised Smith to remit him $50. when he informed by letter with Miller's endowment at that of Mr E. J. Martin, another number of the company who promised to interest himself in the matter, appended, I have heard nothing of these persons since until yesterday I received a piece of paper said to have been taken from the said Millers pocket with a few lines written the son rectifying to the fact that the body had been taken up and reburied as I had requested. It is signed by J. Miller, Mr. Smith and E. J. Martin. The last named gentleman is here and denies any knowledge of the facts. My object in writing to you is to [End Page 2] request you to inquire of Smith, who is a resident of Warrenton, if the removal has been accomplished as the paper states and who were the witnesses and if so why he has not sent me a more formal statement. My Son's name was N. Heyward Jr. He was a private in Company L. 1st Reg. S. C. Vol. Greggs Brigade By giving this matter your earliest attention and replying to this you will very much oblige my dear Sir Your Obdt. Jas. B. Heyward [End Page 3]
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    Columbia S.C. Nov. 6th 1862 Rev. O. S. Barten Dear Sir I beg that you will excuse the liberty taken by a perfect stranger of addressing you to request a favour of you and hope that the circumstance under it is done will be considered by you as a sufficient apology- I had the misfortune to lose my oldest son in the battle of the 29th August at Manassas. On the receipt of news which took some time to reach as I left home to go to the field of battle in quest of his remains. I reached Warrenton on the 17th Sep. Upon inquiry at the hospitals I found some members of his company who were wounded on the same occasion and one young man who had assisted at the burial. This young man named [illegible] Miller agreed to go with me and show me the grave. Accordingly two days after he and a carpenter named Smith accompanied me on an expedition to disinhume the body. We were prevented from effecting our purpose [End Page 1] by the reported presence of the enemy on the field and our effort was fruitless. The prospect of an improved state of things being distant and important private business urging me to return home I determined to leave. But as I thought it important to make use of Millers information regarding the place of burial I commissioned Smith with his aid, which he promised to give, to disinter the remains should a favourable opportunity occur and place them in the grave yard of the Episcopal Church at Hay Market. I promised Smith to remit him $50. when he informed by letter with Miller's endowment at that of Mr E. J. Martin, another number of the company who promised to interest himself in the matter, appended, I have heard nothing of these persons since until yesterday I received a piece of paper said to have been taken from the said Millers pocket with a few lines written the son rectifying to the fact that the body had been taken up and reburied as I had requested. It is signed by J. Miller, Mr. Smith and E. J. Martin. The last named gentleman is here and denies any knowledge of the facts. My object in writing to you is to [End Page 2] request you to inquire of Smith, who is a resident of Warrenton, if the removal has been accomplished as the paper states and who were the witnesses and if so why he has not sent me a more formal statement. My Son's name was N. Heyward Jr. He was a private in Company L. 1st Reg. S. C. Vol. Greggs Brigade By giving this matter your earliest attention and replying to this you will very much oblige my dear Sir Your Obdt. Jas. B. Heyward [End Page 3]
Title:
190. James B. Heyward to Rev. O.L. Bartier -- November 6, 1862
Creator:
Heyward and Ferguson families, 1806-1923
Date:
1862-11-06
Description:
Letter from James B. Heyward to Rev. O.L. Bartier requesting a favor concerning the remains of his son, Nathaniel, who was killed in Manassas. James had traveled to Warrenton, Virginia, a few weeks after the battle and spoke to a wounded soldier who had helped bury Nathaniel but "the reported presence of the enemy" derailed James plans to accompany him to Manassas to disinter his son. James commissioned the soldier and two others to exhume the remains when safe and "place them in the grave yard of the Episcopal Church at Hay Market." A note was later received that the job had been done as requested but Heyward questions the veracity of the note and requests Rev. Bartier to look into the matter. 3p. November 6, 1862.
Collection:
Heyward and Ferguson Family Papers, 1806-1923
Contributing Institution:
College of Charleston Libraries
Media Type:
Manuscripts
Personal or Corporate Subject:
Heyward family, Confederate States of America. Army. South Carolina Infantry Regiment, 1st.
Topical Subject:
Bull Run, 2nd Battle of, Va., 1862
Geographic Subject:
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865
Shelving Locator:
MSS 0092
S.C. County:
Charleston County (S.C.)
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