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Collection Number: 05115-z

Collection Title: Charles B. Quick Correspondence, 1861-1865

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Size About 50 items
Abstract Charles B. Quick, who was from Cayuga County, N.Y., enlisted in the Union Army in May 1861 and served as a sergeant until his unit was mustered out of service in the late spring of 1863. The collection consists of Quick's correspondence with his sister, Mary Tanner, and other family and friends. Letters, 1861-1863, were generated during Quick's service in the Union Army, and letters, 1864-1865, were written after Quick left the Army. The earlier set details Quick's experiences enlisting with New York's 19th Infantry Regiment and serving in the Union defensive perimeter around Washington, D.C. In December 1861, his unit was converted into the New York 3rd Light Artillery Regiment, and, from April 1862 until the late spring of 1863, was posted in New Bern and Washington, N.C. Letters describe the construction of forts, skirmishes with Confederate troops, interactions with the local population, and an explosion of gun powder that severely injured a number of Union soldiers. Quick's post-service correspondence is fragmentary. He wrote from Indianapolis, Ind., and then Louisville, Ky., of his unhappiness about being unable to remain in New York because of a soured romantic relationship. He eventually settled in Louisville and became engaged to be married.
Creator Quick, Charles B., fl. 1861-1865.
Language English.
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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 Charles B. Quick Correspondence #5115-z, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Provenance
Purchased from Charles Apfelbaum of Watchung, N.J., in February 2003 (Acc. 99418).
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Charles B. Quick was from Cayuga County, N.Y. In May 1861, he enlisted as a sergeant in Company G of New York's 19th Infantry Regiment and served with this unit in the defensive perimeter around Washington, D.C. In December 1861, the 19th Regiment was converted into the New York 3rd Light Artillery Regiment. When the 3rd Regiment was dispatched to North Carolina, Quick was posted to New Bern and Washington, N.C., from April 1862 until the late spring of 1863. After June 1863, when his unit was withdrawn from North Carolina and mustered out of service, Quick returned briefly to New York and then settled in Louisville, Ky., where he resided until at least December 1865.

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The collection includes the correspondence of Charles B. Quick of Cayuga County, N.Y. His main correspondent was his sister Mary Tanner of Weedsport, N.Y., but there were also exchanges with other family members and friends. The letters fall into two distinct categories: letters, 1861-1863, were generated during Quick's service in the Union Army; letters, 1864-1865, were written soon after Quick left the Army.

The earlier set of correspondence details Quick's experiences enlisting in the 19th New York Infantry Regiment and serving in the Union defensive perimeter around Washington, D.C. In December 1861, his unit was converted into the 3rd New York Light Artillery Regiment and dispatched to North Carolina. Quick served at New Bern, N.C., and Washington, N.C., from April 1862 until the spring of 1863, when his unit was withdrawn from North Carolina. His letters describe the construction of forts, skirmishes with Confederate troops, interactions with the local population, and an explosion of gun powder that severely injured a number of Union soldiers.

Quick's post-enlistment correspondence is fragmentary. He wrote from Indianapolis, Ind., and then Louisville, Ky., of his unhappiness about being unable to remain in New York because of a soured romantic relationship. He apparently broke off the relationship with regret and traveled until he eventually settled in Louisville and became engaged to Mary E. Heffernan. After their engagement, Mary Heffernan corresponded with Quick's family about their wedding plans.

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About 50 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

This collection is comprised of the correspondence of Charles B. Quick of Cayuga County, N.Y. His main correspondent was his sister, Mary Tanner of Weedsport, N.Y., but there were also exchanges with his brother or brother-in-law, Cyrus, and a young woman named Rose, who abruptly broke off their correspondence. The letters are easily divided into two distinct categories. Those dating from 1861 to 1863 were generated during Quick's service as a sergeant in the Union Army. His unit, Battery G of the 3rd New York Light Artillery Regiment, was mustered out of service in June 1863, and the letters from 1864 and 1865 were written shortly after Quick's discharge from the Army.

The earlier set of correspondence details Quick's experiences enlisting with the 19th New York Infantry Regiment in May 1861 and serving in the Union defensive perimeter around Washington, D.C. In December 1861, his unit was converted into the 3rd New York Light Artillery Regiment and, in March 1862, dispatched to New Bern, N.C. Quick served in North Carolina at New Bern and Washington, N.C., until his unit was withdrawn in the late spring of 1863. His letters describe the construction of forts, skirmishes with Confederate troops, difficulties with the local population, and an explosion of gun powder that severely injured a number of Union soldiers.

Quick's post-enlistment correspondence is fragmentary. He wrote from Indianapolis, Ind., and then Louisville, Ky., of his unhappiness about the fact that he was unable to remain in New York because of the shame that a romantic relationship had brought upon the family. He apparently broke off the relationship with regret and traveled until he settled in Louisville and became engaged to Mary E. Heffernan. After their engagement, Mary Heffernan corresponded with Quick's family about their wedding plans.

Folder 1

1861-1862 #05115-z, Series: "Correspondence, 1861-1865." Folder 1

Folder 2

1862-1863 #05115-z, Series: "Correspondence, 1861-1865." Folder 2

Folder 3

1864-1865 #05115-z, Series: "Correspondence, 1861-1865." Folder 3

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