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United States
Confederate States and Civil War-Related
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Confederate States and Civil-War Related
1998-06-09
Confederate States
 
The 1862 Diaries of J.P. Hawkins. Two volumes, approx. 260 pages, Jan. 1-July 25, 1862, all in bold pencil. The following are excerpts from Hawkins diaries as a employee of the Southern Express Co. and mail agent on the Virginia Central R.R.,: "News of fight at Somerset, Ky. Genl. Zollicoffer killed. Our men defeated...News of McCulloughs death & Genl. McIntosh in Arkansas. Genl. Price wounded. Our forces evaculate Winchester...Meet Ransons Regt. NC Cavalry at Louisa...Jeff Davis & Genl. Johnson at Gordonsville waiting for Culpeper train...News of the Virginia has taken 3 Brigs & 1 Schooner near Fort Monroe...Large amount of guns rifles & smooth bore cannon around depot...The French Consul arrives in Richmond from Washington...News of N Orleans being taken...The spy Webster hung at Camp Lee on the 29th April. 5000 men sick in the Richd hospitals about 25 dying every day. the Conscription Act taking up everybody between 18 & 35 hardly any exempt...Our pickets capture 9 & kill 9 of the Monitor's crew at City Point...News received of Col. Turner Ashby's death...Jackson drives Shields back 8 miles - captures 4 of the most perfect cannon ever made...Fremont sends Flag of Truce to `Genl. Jackson Commander CS troops at or near Port Republic' requesting to be allowed to move his wounded & sick from Harrisonburg. Jackson refuses and directs his reply to `Genl. Fremont Commander of troops late of Harrisonburg Va...The 44th and 58th Va. Regiments ran like sheep at the battle near Port Republic - Had to be charged by our men with bayonets to keep them in the ranks...People very much bothered as to Jackson's movements various conflictions as to where he is going Jack himself passes on down the road during the evening...See General Jackson at Gordonsville for the first time. A very plain looking man, not at all self-conceited, but tolerable, tall and slim, chin beard and slightly bronzed by exposure, little bow legged, a light military cap on and very plain uniform of rusty grey...Genl. Lee given orders for quarters for 10000 prisoners...Jackson been made a full general everything all OK in the Valley...The Arkansas battering ram cleaned Fed gun boats at Vicksburg...The `Merrimac' blown up...things look dark for our young Confeeracy worse now than ever. May God help us now...A negro woman hung in Richmond May 23 for murder...Genl. Hatton of Tennessee killed...News received of Col. Turner Ashby's death...Jackson drives Genl. Shields back & Ewell drives Fremont back...we meet a wounded train at Waynesboro great many stragglers there from Jackson's Army wounded laying all around on platform awful to look upon." etc. Some wear to be expected though the second volume is nearly immaculate. Accompanied by a post-war CDV of Hawkins

E. 4,000-5,000
2,000
United States
Confederate States and Civil War-Related
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Confederate States and Civil-War Related
1998-06-09
Confederate States
 
The 1863 Diary of J.P. Hawkins. One volume, 81pp, entries dated Mar. 17-Apr. 6th, recording his experiences as Southern Express Co. courier delivering 8 million dollars for the Confederate Government to a Maj. C.E. Carr in Jackson, Miss. A few excerpts: "Nearly fall off of wagon going up to Southern Depot. Cold - snow blowing hard - no train out all hauling troops - back to Petersburg office truck our money in...Snow about 10 inches deep & still snowing awful hard - load our money in Box Express car - & leave P-Burg about 10 OC...Get out at every station & watch car until we leave ride in there some - but the corpses smell very bad...I go down to Exp. Off. & try and warm. Express off a very small wood building - crowded so that you cannot turn around & so dark you cannot see. Seem to have plenty Exps men here - about one dozen laying around...we are 10 hrs running the 96m road all mashed down in awful condition...one heavy run off - where the train run into a river & cars engine & all went down drowning & killing 60 persons - only about 40 found great many buried side of the road about 2 feet of the tender sticking above the water & quicksand have not found the engine yet that is broke loose & sunk beyond reach - afraid of this road & very glad when we get to our journeys end." etc. In contrast to the breathless tone of the first two diaries, Hawkins in these entries gives the reader a rare day-by-day glimpse into the life of a traveler in the war-time south: "...beautiful view going out to Tensaw River Gulls & ducks in abundance 5 Iron clads & 2 Gun Boats lying in the harbour at anchor within sight pass the forts built on piles & splendid batteries." And in contrast to these frequently poetic descriptions, there are observations like this one: "Riots in Richmond last week - 3 or 400 a perfect mob - breaking open stores & taking what they want - one in P-burg also but quelled by city council with a promise of $150000 - it looks bad - god deliver us from them...The North jubilant over idea of starving us out."

E. 1,500-2,000
1,000
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