In this portion of a letter, Willis writes of a man [deserter, runaway slave?] who returned to the Regiment; that he is almost three months behind in pay; he has captured some "silver Yankee sugar tongs"
Letter from Francis William Heyward to his mother concerning a recent sojourn to Battery Wagner on Morris Island, probably written in 1863. Francis relates to his mother the dangers of his recent trip to the battery claiming "the enemy fired their shots so beautifully," and how he endured six nights of shelling while stationed there. Afterwards, Francis "went to the city for a day, and I met Pa at the Mills House." 3p. August 23, 1863.
Letter from Robert Woodward Barnwell sent to the Charleston Courier for publication. Barnwell, on behalf of the South Carolina Hospital Bureau in Virginia, informs the city of their move from Charlottesville to Richmond due to the withdrawal of Confederate troops and gives directions on the best way to send supplies. ca. 1863.
These images are from the Signal Book kept by Union Officer Ensign LaRue P Adams during the Siege of Charleston between August and September of 1863. Note: Some pages were not scanned because they were blank and contained no content or were ripped out and were therefore unavailable for digitization.
Letter from Ada Henry to sister Lou concerning friends and family in England and India. The letter is undated, although Henry references the recent death of Stonewall Jackson and the troubles in America. The connection to the Heyward or Ferguson families is unclear. 6p.
Patriotic Civil War token with an anti-slavery message. Face image of the token reads "Liberty and No Slavery 1863" and contains an image of Lady Liberty. Obverse image of the token, depicting crossed United States flags, a shield, a liberty cap on a pike, and a garland of laurel leaves with 13 stars.
Letter from David W. Humphreys arguing that Emancipation is necessary to hurt the Confederacy and listing his reasons for fighting the Civil War. Letter written from the Union Army's Head Quarters in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.
Black-and-white wood engraving of the Tomb of Absalom, Tomb of Benei Hezir, and Tomb of Zechariah in the Valley of Jehoshaphat (Kidron Valley) in Jerusalem. Engraving after a painting by Pharamond Blanchard. From Voyage illustré dans les deux mondes by Félix Mornand and Joseph Vilbort, published Paris: Le Chevalier.
Caption: 'Siege of Charleston--1.Bombardment of Fort Moultrie and the Batteries Bee and Beauregard, by the monitors and ironsides, Sept. 7th and 8th.--2. Interior of Battery Gregg, looking towards Wagner. From sketches by our Special Artist, W.T. Crane.' [full date October 3, 1863.]
Caption: 'The advance upon Charleston--entrance to the Stono River, S.C.--from a sketch by Lieut. Coleman, 100th N.Y.S. Vol.' Also identified with captions: 'Kiawah Island and River. John's Island. Stono River. Cole's Island. Old Rebel Fort.' [full date April 25, 1863.]
Caption: 'Panoramic view of Charleston Harbor--advance of iron-clads to the attack, April 7. Union--A. Keokuk. B. Nahunt. C. Nantucket. D. Catskill. E. Ironsides. F. Patapsco. G. Montauk. H. Passaie. K. Weehawken. Rebel--1. Morris Island sand battery. 2. Fort Wagner. 3. Battery Bee, on Cummings Point. 4. [Fort] Johnson. 5. Fort Ripley. 6. Sumter. 7. Charleston City. 8. Castle Pinckney. 9. Fort Redan. 10. Fort Moultrie. 11. Moultrie House. 12. Fort Beauregard. 13. Harbor obstructions. 14. Cooper River. 15. Ashley River.' [full date May 2, 1863.]
Caption: 'The advance upon Charleston--pioneer movement--landing of the 100th N.Y. Vols. upon Cole's Island, March 28.--from a sketch by our Special Artist.--see page 6.' Also identified with labels: Camp of 100th N.Y. Vols., Pawnee, Com. McDonough, Expounder and Belvidere. [full date April 25, 1863.]
Main caption: 'Siege of Charleston--views of Sullivan's Island, as seen from Morris Island.--from sketches by our Special Artist, W.T. Crane.' Caption top left: 'Remains of blockade runners.' Caption top right: 'Rebel camp on Sullivans Island.' Caption middle left and right: 'Rebel battery on Sullivans Island.' Caption middle: 'Examining passes on the beach.' Caption bottom: ' Fort Moultrie as seen from Morris Island.' [full date October 10, 1863.]
Caption: 'Siege of Charleston--the magazine of Fort Moultrie exploded by a shell from the grounded monitor Weehawken, Sept. 8.--from a sketch by our own Special Artist, W.T. Crane.' [full date October 3, 1863.]
Caption: 'Siege of Charleston--views of the Northern and Southern ends of Morris Island, as seen from Fort Craig.--from sketches by our Special Artist, W.T. Crane.' Caption at top: 'North end of Morris Island.' Caption at bottom: 'South end of Morris Island.' [full date August 29, 1863.]
Caption: 'The War in South Carolina--the Rebel rams from Charleston Harbor attacking the Federal blockading squadron, January 31.--from a sketch by a Naval Officer.--see page 365.' Also identified in the image: Keystone State, Rebel Ram, Housatonic, Mercedita and Rebel Ram. [full date February 28, 1863.]
Caption: 'Port Royal Island--1. Camp Saxton (Smith's Plantation)--the new headquarters of the 1st S.C. Vol. (Colored), Col. Higginson. 2. Mitchellville, the new south village for Contrabands, Hilton Head.--from sketches by our Special Artist.--see page 317.' [full date February 7, 1863.]