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Collection Number: 05196-z

Collection Title: James Addison Lowry Letters, 1862

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Abstract James Addison Lowry served as a private in Company D of the 57th North Carolina Infantry Regiment. In 1862, he was stationed at Salisbury Prison in Salisbury, N.C. The collection contains three letters, July-August 1862, and one undated letter fragment written by Lowry. The three complete letters are addressed to his mother in Guilford County, N.C., and speak of occasional guard duty; the amount and type of provisions allotted to the men; the midnight escape of several Union prisoners; and word of an upcoming relocation to Richmond. Apparently written to a friend, the letter fragment also mentions guard duty, then notes both arrivals and departures of other unnamed regiments; inquires about the conscription status of two acquaintances; and mixes brief reminiscences with a wish for peace. All letters are written in pencil and show some fading.
Creator Lowry, James Addison, fl. 1862.
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 James Addison Lowry Letters #5196, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Purchased from Historical Collectible Auctions of Graham, N.C., in February 2005 (Acc. 100005).
Sensitive Materials Statement
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James Addison Lowry (fl. 1862) was the son of Ann E. Lowry of Oak Ridge, Guilford County, N.C. He served as a private in Company D of the 57th North Carolina Infantry Regiment in the Confederate Army. In July-August 1862, he was stationed at Salisbury Prison in Salisbury, N.C., where he occasionally performed guard duty. In August 1862, he received word of an upcoming relocation to Richmond.

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Three letters, July-August 1862, and one undated letter fragment written by James Addison Lowry, a private in Company D of the 57th North Carolina Infantry Regiment during the Civil War. Lowry wrote from his post at Salisbury Prison in Salisbury, N.C. The three complete letters are addressed to his mother, Ann Lowry, in Guilford County, N.C., and speak of occasional guard duty; the amount and type of provisions allotted to the men; the midnight escape of several Union prisoners; and word of an upcoming relocation to Richmond, Va. Apparently written to a friend, the letter fragment also mentions guard duty, then notes both arrivals and departures of other unnamed regiments; inquires about the conscription status of two acquaintances; and mixes brief reminiscences with a wish for peace. All letters are written in pencil and show some fading.

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Processing Information

Processed by: Jessica Tyree, March 2005

Encoded by: Jessica Tyree, March 2005

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