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Letter from Catherine Carson to Zebulon Baird Vance, July 8, 1864


Letter from Catherine Carson to Zebulon Baird Vance, July 8, 1864


Catherine Carson wrote to the Z. B. Vance on July eighth, 1864 from Buck Creek, North Carolina. She asked the Governor if he had processed her son’s discharged from the army so he could come home to protect her family. Carson felt threatened by deserters in the woods. Her mill and property were at risk of attack from the men in the woods. She stated that there is no whites left and she felt vulnerable. She then listed her son’s information so the Governor could send her son home.


Carson, Catherine


Letter from Catherine Carson to Zebulon Baird Vance, July 1, 1864, The Zebulon Baird Vance Papers, vol. 15.5, p. 551, State Archives of North Carolina, Raleigh, North Carolina.




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Buck Creek July 8th 1864
Governor Vance
Dear Sir,
I take the liberty of asking you whether you can not process my son’s discharge from the army that he may come home to protect me and his sister.
Since the late raid on Camp Vance there are great many deserters in the woods one of them George arrested last fall. he and two others have been seen near my house they are well armed and [uttesed] threats that they will burn my mill and others wise [ipefune] me. I am in constant fear some great [infiny.] All the men in the neighborhood are here and no white on the place. I have no confidence in the negroes. I you can make some arrangements for my son to be at home a part of his time or if there is anything that I can do to be [soking] as to let me know it. There is no one here that can advise me.
I am confident every gentleman in the county would [sien a jelision], my son George H Carson is a private in the 6 Cavalry recently commanded by Col Folk of stations near Kingston this state.
Most respectfully Governor Vance
Catherine Carson.
P.S. George left home of the 6 become his furlough to get a horse. I don’t know how long he will be getting to kingston horseback. CC


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Carson, Catherine , Letter from Catherine Carson to Zebulon Baird Vance, July 8, 1864, Civil War Era NC, accessed May 27, 2024,