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Mrs. C.A. Council Letter

Identifier: SC-MS-049

Scope and Contents

Mrs. C.A. Council received a letter from her brother stationed at Bees Creek Battry [sic}, SC dated February 17, 1862. He describes the location of his unit "near the mouth of broad [sic] River" and the unlikelihood of eminent attack by the enemy. According to the letter, Bees Creek was located "near half way between" Savanah [sic] and Charleston. Seven men in his unit had been lost since the beginning of their service. He mentions hearing daily that an attack is expected upon Savanah [sic] Georgia, and that his unit will be sent there as ".....ther [sic] are poorly prepared for it". Charleston is "somewhat better prepared". He writes proudly of his unit's readiness for battle by stating "tho [sic] say it myself we have the best drilled Regiment in the south". He sends his love to all of her family and asks that she will write soon and to direct her letter to Cooswatchia, SC 18 Reg NCV [18th Regiment Volunteers].


  • Creation: 1862 February 17 (photocopy)

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Historical Note

The 18th Regiment N.C. Troops was organized at Camp Wyatt, near Wilmington, in July, 1861 for twelve months service and was designated the 8th Regiment N.C. Volunteers. August 20, 1861 the regiment was transferred from state to Confederate service. On November 7, 1861 the regiment was ordered to Pocataligo, South Carolina, midway between Savannah and Charleston, and was stationed at Camp Stephens, on Huguenin's Neck, near Grahamville. While the troops were stationed there, the regimental designation was changed from the 8th Regiment N.C. Volunteers to the 18th Regiment N.C. Troops (8th Regiment N.C. Volunteers) by Special Orders No. 222, Adjutant and Inspector General's Office, Richmond, dated November 14, 1861. During the winter of 1861-1862, the regiment remained at Camp Stephens and served on outpost duty at regular intervals. (See North Carolina Troops, 1861-1865: a roster. Vol. VI, Infantry, p. 294).

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Letter to Mrs. C.A. Council from her unnamed brother dated 17 February 1862. In the letter, Council's brother describes the location where his regiment is stationed during the Civil War.

Custodial History

The owner of the original letter is Mrs. Betty Neilson of Lake Waccamaw, North Carolina.

Acquisition Information

This collection was donated by Bob High on June 4, 1987.


This item is a photocopy of the original document.

Processing Information

Originally processed by Lana Donaldson Taylor in 1990. In 2014, this manuscript collection was re-foldered and re-housed with current archival standard materials by Christine Hockaday.

Mrs. C.A. Council Letter
Lana Donaldson Taylor
1990 January 3
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