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Collection Number: 05183

Collection Title: John Robert Lowrey Letters, 1861-1864

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Abstract John Robert Lowrey of Forsyth County, N.C., served as a camp guard in Company E, Mallett's Battalion, North Carolina Camp Guards, during the Civil War. He was mostly stationed at Camp Holmes near Raleigh, N.C. Letters are mostly from John Robert Lowrey of Forsyth County, N.C., to his mother while Lowrey served as a camp guard. Lowrey's letters mention one battle in December 1862 in Kinston, N.C., and his participation in an unsuccessful search for army deserters in 1863. Many of his letters include inquiries about home and the family farm, and comments on his attempts to acquire a furlough, his feelings about the abolition of slavery, his hopes for the Confederacy, second-hand news about the war, military life (including food, clothing, and illnesses), the weather, and other soldiers. There are also a few letters written before Lowrey joined the army, one letter from Lowrey to a brother, and a few letters written by Lowrey's fellow soldiers Daniel A. Pegram and N.R. Morgan to Lowrey's mother when he was ill. Letters end in May 1864, when the camp was disbanded and soldiers from Mallett's Battalion sent to join other regiments.
Creator Lowrey, John Robert, fl. 1861-1864.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
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 John Robert Lowrey Letters #5183-z, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Purchased from Charles Apfelbaum of Watchung, N.J., in October 2004 (Acc. 99921).
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John Robert Lowrey was from Forsyth County, N.C., and in school in Ledge Garden, N.C., before being conscripted into the Confederate Army in 1862. Lowrey served as a camp guard in Company E, Mallett's Battalion, North Carolina Camp Guards. He was mostly stationed at Camp Holmes near Raleigh, N.C.

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Letters are mostly from John Robert Lowrey of Forsyth County, N.C., to his mother while Lowrey served as a camp guard at Camp Holmes near Raleigh, N.C., with the Mallett's Battalion, North Carolina Camp Guards during the Civil War. Lowrey's letters mention one battle in December 1862 in Kinston, N.C., and his participation in an unsuccessful search for army deserters in 1863. Many of his letters include inquiries about home and the family farm, and comments on his attempts to acquire a furlough, his feelings about the abolition of slavery, his hopes for the Confederacy, second-hand news about the war, military life (including food, clothing, and illnesses), the weather, and other soldiers. There are also a few letters written before Lowrey joined the army, one letter from Lowrey to a brother, and a few letters written by Lowrey's fellow soldiers Daniel A. Pegram and N.R. Morgan to Lowrey's mother when he was ill. Letters end in May 1864, when the camp was disbanded and soldiers from Mallett's Battalion sent to join other regiments.

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Letters, 28 April 1861-10 May 1864.

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Processing Information

Processed by: Nathalie Wheaton, November 2004

Encoded by: Nathalie Wheaton, November 2004

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