Calvin Shedd Papers, 1862-1864

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Title:The Calvin Shedd papers : August 3, 1862-January 5, 1864 | Calvin Shedd papers, 1862-1864

Union soldier; first sergeant, later second sergeant, Co. A, Seventh New Hampshire Regiment. Civil War letters sent by Shedd from various sites in coastal South Carolina to his wife, S. Augusta Shedd, at Enfield, N.H., and South Reading, Mass., with observations on camp life, troop morale, and hospital conditions witnessed firsthand as a patient at U.S. Army general hospitals at Beaufort and Hilton Head, S.C., and a field hospital at Folly Island, S.C. Letters (26 Aug.-26 Sept. 1862) from Beaufort's General Hospital No. 5 concern Shedd's hospitalization with chronic dysentery. After a lapse in correspondence (26 Sept. 1862-16 June 1863) letters (29 July and 3 Aug. 1863) focus on the siege of Battery Wagner on Morris Island, report the death of regimental commander Col. Putnam, and complain that Northern newspapers unduly credited much of the Morris Island assault to black troops of the Fifty-fourth Massachusetts. Letters (12 Aug.-8 Oct. 1863) were written from Ward C, General Hospital, Hilton Head. Other topics include the Federal occupation of Beaufort (23 June 1862), the condition of blacks in low country South Carolina (29 July 1862), the organization of a black regiment at Hilton Head (12 Aug. 1862), the climate of Beaufort (13 July 1862), the unpopularity of Union commander George B. McClellan (14 Sept. 1862), and Northern peace sentiments (14 July 1863). Also including official document (2 Oct. 1863), from regimental adjutant, Lt. H.G. Webber, requesting that Shedd resign his commission in consequence of his extended medical absence; letter (8 Oct. 1863) indicating that regimental commander, Col. Abbott, had asked Shedd to resign; and letter (5 Jan. 1864), from assistant surgeon, J.E. Semper, U.S. General Hospital, Hilton Head, forwarding certificates [not present] to Shedd to be sent on to the Adjutant General in Washington, D.C.

Subjects:Shedd, Calvin | Shedd, S. Augusta--Correspondence | McClellan, George Brinton, 1826-1885--Public opinion | United States. Army. New Hampshire Infantry Regiment, 7th. Company A | Military discharge--United States--History--19th Century | Soldiers--New Hampshire--Correspondence | African Americans--South Carolina--Beaufort County | African American soldiers--United States--History | South Carolina--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Personal narratives | United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Hospitals--South Carolina | United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Participation, African American | Charleston (S.C.)--History--Siege, 1863 | Fort Wagner (S.C.) | Beaufort (S.C.)--Description and travel | United States, South Carolina, Charleston County, Charleston, 32.7765656, -79.9309216 | United States, South Carolina, Fort Wagner, 32.727101, -79.87605 | United States, South Carolina, Beaufort County, Beaufort, 32.4315813, -80.6698286
Institution:University of South Carolina
Contributors:University of South Carolina. Libraries. Digital Collections | South Caroliniana Library
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