Samuel N. Kennerly letter, July 1864
Water Battery of Fort Johnson, James Island, S.C.
Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division
- Pearce Civil War Collection, Navarro College, Corsicana, Tex.
- Confederate officer; physician from Orangeburg, S.C.; enlisted 1861, with the 1st South Carolina Infantry, Company A (Edisto Rifles); when that regiment disbanded in April 1862, all members of the Edisto Rifles re–enlisted immediately under the command of their same officers for three years or the duration of the war, and joined the Eutaw Battalion, also known as the 25th South Carolina Infantry. Three weeks after this letter was written, Kennerly, along with 70 percent of his regiment, died in the fighting that took place along the Weldon Railroad (South of Petersburg, Va.) on August 18–21, 1864.
- Collection chiefly contains letters written by Samuel N. Kennerly to his wife Julia Henrietta Culler Kennerly. Topics include the Confederate defense of Charleston, S.C.; aftermath of the Union Army's small boat raid on the Coosawhatchie and Pocotaligo rivers; Union Army landing on Morris Island, S.C., and the attack on Fort Wagner; graphic descriptions of the battlefield and life in the trenches, as well as Kennerly's own longing to return to the safety of home; and social history of the Civil War. Includes letter confirming Kennerly's death during the siege at Petersburg, Va.
- Excerpt from letter Kennerly wrote to his wife at the end of July 1864:
- "Darling, this day three months ago we left James Island for Virginia since that time we have been through a great deal and there is no telling what will have to be gone through yet. ... I have nothing new to write about but the same old song of being in the same position we were when I last wrote save that we have moved about 40 yards to the right in order to close up our files to make our lines stronger."
- Note: Forms part of the Pearce Civil War Collection's Samuel N. Kennerly papers, 1861-1869.
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