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CARR, Thomas M., (Sr.)
Archive of 23 Letters to a Young Confederate Soldier serving in the North Carolina Junior Reserves near the end of the Civil War, 1864-65
(Mecklenburg County, North Carolina), 1864. Unbound. Very Good. A collection of 23 letters, including four with original envelopes, written to Pvt. Thomas M. Carr when he was serving with the 2nd Battalion, Co. B, North Carolina Junior Reserves. The archive includes nine detailed letters from his father, together with 12 letters from cousins, and two letters from his Uncle Kerr, spanning the period from May 1864 through March 1865. Most of the letters were sent from Carr's family home at Martindale, located just north of Raleigh in Mecklenburg County. The envelopes (lacking stamps) are addressed to Carr at Weldon, North Carolina. Four letters are fragile with scattered tiny chips and holes from ink gall deterioration to the paper, else very good overall. The 2nd Regiment Junior Reserves (also known as the 71st Regiment) was formed in December 1864 and surrendered on April 26, 1865. Carr was 17 years old when he joined, serving in Company B, commanded by Captain William H. Overman. Confederate officials did not intend for the Reserves to fight, nor were they supposed to leave the state where they were recruited. However, as indicated in several of the letters, this rule was suspended near the end of 1864 as things grew ever more desperate for the Confederacy, especially during the siege of Petersburgh and Richmond. In a letter from November, 1864 Carr's father responds to: "a report here that all you boys has volunteered to go to Petersburgh or Richmond and now I want to know if such is the fact. I wrote to you not to volunteer, & ... for George not to either, but that l … [Click Below for Full Description]
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