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Collection Number: 05324

Collection Title: Stephen Tippet Andrews Letters, 1861-1865

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Size 0.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 80 items)
Abstract Stephen Tippet Andrews served with the 85th New York Infantry Regiment during the Civil War. He helped organize Company F and was mustered in as first sergeant of the company in the second half of 1861. Andrews was captured with the Plymouth Pilgrims on 20 April 1864 and was held captive at an unknown location for roughly one year. On 8 April 1865, he was honorably discharged. After the Civil War, he married Margaret Little and worked in a general store. He was appointed postmaster by President Benjamin Harrison and served in this capacity until his death on 13 June 1891. The collection contains letters from Stephen Tippet Andrews to Margaret Little (Maggie) written over the course of Tippet's service in the 85th New York Infantry Regiment during the Civil War. Also included is a volume containing transcriptions of the letters and biographical information on Andrews and Little, written by their great-granddaughter Sally Andrews Earnest. Most letters are dated 1862-1863 and roughly half were sent from North Carolina where he was stationed, 1863-1864. There is a gap from 14 April 1864 to 28 March 1865 when Andrews was captured and held prisoner. Letters describe military life and provide news of battles won and lost, including the capture of Fort Donaldson in 1862; a battle on 31 May 1862 near Virginia; a series of encounters at Blackwater River near Suffolk, Va., in November 1862; the battle taking Kinston, N.C., in December 1862; and the Confederate attack on New Bern, N.C., in March 1863. The letters occasionally describe the southern homefront. They also discuss Andrews's feelings for Little and his hopes for their marriage and life together.
Creator Andrews, Stephen Tippet, 1834-1891.
Language English
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No restrictions. Open for research.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Stephen Tippet Andrews Letters #5324, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Alternate Form of Material
Published as Letters of Stephen Tippet Andrews of the 85th New York Volunteers, Company F, to Miss Margaret Little, Franklinville, New York, August 28, 1961[sic] to March 28, 1965[sic], during the Civil War (Pittsboro, N.C.: Town House Press, 1998.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Sally Andrews Earnest in March 2007 (Acc. 100620).
Sensitive Materials Statement
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Stephen Tippet Andrews was born in 1834 to Isaac and Martha Beach Andrews in Allegany County, N.Y. On 26 August 1861, he enlisted for a term of three years with the 85th New York Infantry Regiment. He helped organize Company F and was mustered in as first sergeant of the Company in the second half of 1861. Andrews was captured with the Plymouth Pilgrims on 20 April 1864 and was held captive at an unknown location for roughly one year. On 8 April 1865, he was honorably discharged. After the Civil War he married Margaret Little and worked in a general store. He was appointed postmaster by President Benjamin Harrison. He served in this capacity until his death on 13 June 1891.

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The collection contains letters from Stephen Tippet Andrews to Margaret Little (Maggie) written over the course of Tippet's service in the 85th New York Infantry Regiment during the Civil War. Also included a volume containing transcriptions of the letters and biographical information on Andrews and Little, written by their great-granddaugher Sally Andrews Earnest. Most letters are dated 1862-1863 and roughly half were sent from North Carolina where he was stationed, 1863-1864. There is a gap from 14 April 1864 to 28 March 1865 when Andrews was captured and held prisoner. Letters describe military life and provide news of battles won and lost, including the capture of Fort Donaldson in 1862; a battle on 31 May 1862 near Virginia; a series of encounters at Blackwater River near Suffolk, Va., in November 1862; the battle taking Kinston, N.C., in December 1862; and the Confederate attack on New Bern, N.C., in March 1863. The letters occasionally describe the southern homefront. They also discuss Andrews's feelings for Little and his hopes for their marriage and life together.

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Processing Information

Processed by: Joyce Chapman, September 2007

Encoded by: Joyce Chapman, September 2007

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