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Collection Number: 04129-z

Collection Title: Samuel Catawba Lowry Recollections and Diary, 1861-1864.

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This collection was rehoused and a summary created with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities; this finding aid was created with support from NC ECHO.

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Size 1 item (46 pages)
Abstract Samuel Catawba Lowry (died 1864) was a Confederate soldier who served, 1861-1862 and 1863-1864 with the 17th South Carolina Infantry, Confederate States of America, in Virginia and South Carolina. The collection includes a typed transcription of diary entries and recollections, with poems and brief essays, all by Samuel Catawba Lowry. The diary entries and recollections are vivid and detailed accounts of comrades and camp servants, soldiers' daily activities, hunting and fishing, nearby civilian conditions, marches, skirmishes, and battles. The essays include "The Right of the South to Secede from the North" and "Are we Rebels?"
Creator Lowry, Samuel Catawba, d. 1864.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
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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 Samuel Catawba Lowry Recollections and Diary, #4129-z, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Typed transcription received as a gift in 1977
Location of Originals
Original in private hands in 1977.
Additional Descriptive Resources
A copy of the original finding aid for this collection is filed in folder 1.
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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Samuel Catawba Lowry (died 1864) was a Confederate soldier who served, 1861-1862 and 1863-1864 with the 17th South Carolina Infantry, Confederate States of America, in Virginia and South Carolina. Lowry was wounded at the battle of Second Manassas (Bull Run), 27-28 August 1862, and upon recovery, was discharged from the army for being underage. He apparently attended the Arsenal, a military school in Columbia, S.C., until his reenlistment in September 1863. He was killed in the battle of the Crater on 30 July 1864.

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The collection includes a typed transcription of diary entries and recollections, with poems and brief essays, all by Samuel Catawba Lowry. The diary entries and recollections are vivid and detailed accounts of comrades and camp servants, soldiers' daily activities, hunting and fishing, nearby civilian conditions, marches, skirmishes, and battles. There is considerable information concerning the siege of Forts Sumter and Moultrie and some description of his regiment's participation in the repulsion of General Benjamin F. Butler's invasion at Bermuda Hundred, Va. The essays include "The Right of the South to Secede from the North" and "Are we Rebels?"

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Processing Information

Processed by: SHC Staff

Encoded by: Noah Huffman, December 2007

Updated by: Kate Stratton and Jodi Berkowitz, April 2009

This collection was rehoused and a summary created with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

This finding aid was created with support from NC ECHO.

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