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Collection Number: 05442-z

Collection Title: Levi J. Fritz Papers, 1863-1866, 1886, and undated

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This collection was processed with support from Elizabeth Moore Ruffin.

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Size 3 items
Abstract Levi J. Fritz served in the 53rd Pennsylvania Infantry Regiment during the Civil War. He was granted a medical leave of absence in December 1864 for haimoptysis (hemoptysis). He wrote the regiment's song, "My 53rd." The collection consists of Levi J. Fritz's 87-page Civil War diary, chiefly from June and July 1863; a document written by General W. Jackson of the United States General Hospital in Philadelphia, Pa., declaring Fritz medically unfit for duty, 10 December 1864; and a 28 June 1865 letter to Fritz from a person named Mahlin in Pottstown, Pa., declaring his escape from the Confederates. The diary contains accounts of battle, including the Battle of Gettysburg, and marching throughout Virginia and Pennsylvania; descriptions of Fritz's surroundings and army life; and Fritz's comparisons of the people of Maryland and Virginia. The diary also includes a list of the wounded in Companies G and H of the 68th Pennsylvania Infantry Regiment; a description of how a man from Company F was saved during the Battle of Chancellorsville when a bullet got stuck in the bible in his shirt pocket; and a transcribed copy of an 1865 circular from Major General George Meade that directs officers to encourage troops to continue their brave fighting before the next anticipated battle.
Creator Fritz, Levi J., 1840-1872.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Restrictions to Use
No usage restrictions.
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 Levi Fritz Papers #5442-z, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Purchased from Charles Apfelbaum in October 2009 (Acc. 101183).
Sensitive Materials Statement
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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Levi J. Fritz served in the 53rd Pennsylvania Infantry Regiment during the Civil War. He was granted a medical leave of absence in December 1864 for haimoptysis (hemoptysis). He wrote the regiment's song, "My 53rd."

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The collection consists of Levi J. Fritz's 87-page Civil War diary, chiefly from June and July 1863; a document written by General W. Jackson of the United States General Hospital in Philadelphia, Pa., declaring Fritz medically unfit for duty, 10 December 1864; and a 28 June 1865 letter to Fritz from a person named Mahlin in Pottstown, Pa., declaring his escape from the Confederates. The diary contains accounts of battle, including the Battle of Gettysburg, and marching throughout Virginia and Pennsylvania; descriptions of Fritz's surroundings and army life; and Fritz's comparisons of the people of Maryland and Virginia. The diary also includes a list of the wounded in Companies G and H of the 68th Pennsylvania Infantry Regiment; a description of how a man from Company F was saved during the Battle of Chancellorsville when a bullet got stuck in the bible in his shirt pocket; and a transcribed copy of an 1865 circular from Major General George Meade that directs officers to encourage troops to continue their brave fighting before the next anticipated battle.

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Processing Information

Processed by: Kiley Orchard, May 2010

Encoded by: Kiley Orchard, May 2010

This collection was processed with support from Elizabeth Moore Ruffin.

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