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James Watson Papers

Identifier: SM 80-11
The collection contains correspondence to James Watson, a Confederate soldier in the 25th North Carolina Regiment, from his wife Elizabeth Watson and friend Alfred Wilson. The Watsons and Wilson were residents of Jackson County, NC.

The first letter wasis dated October 29, 1861, and was written to James Watson, care of Colonel T.L. Clingman, in the Beaufort District of South Carolina. Mrs. Watson wrote about missing her husband, food prices, crop conditions, the scarcity of money, the family, deaths in the county, volunteer companies in Macon County (NC), and the weather. The names of the Watsons’ children were signed by Mrs. Watson at the end of the letter. The envelope which contained this letter also is in the collection.

The second letter was written to Watson by a friend and possibley a neighbor, Alfred Wilson, of Hamburg in Jackson County, NC, and was is dated March 8, 1862. Wilson commented on food prices, the invasion of the South by Northern troops, the raising of a company of volunteers in Jackson and Macon counties, and his desire for victory and peace.

A picture of James Watson is included in the collection.


  • 1861 - 1862

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1 Files (Four items (one folder).)