Not dated, but most likely from the Fall of 1862, Stockdale gives much important information and opinions , talking about the Mountain Rangers, important men in his regiment, war content, and mentions Negroes, one by name - signed at end - Please see below for transcript of this letter. The early letters, dating from 1853-57 represent Stockdale's time in medical school, and have interesting content regarding his surroundings. Two of these letters are from Stockdale. There is also a letter of recommendation for Stockdale, dated 1855. The remaining two letters are from Stockdale's cousins.
PLEASE See BELOW for TRANSCRIPTS of LETTERS. And, look at the photos. Overall in good to very good condition. As noted above, and below, two of the letters are partial letters. Please see transcriptions belowLetters are in ink.If you collect Civil War era, military, Americana, 19th century history, United States of America war, autograph manuscript writing, American history, signed, South, southern US, rebel, etc. This is a wonderful, unique item for your paper or ephemera collection. Important genealogy research information here as well. Fall 1862 during the war. Stockdale, in his hand - to his mother. Old Abe has called for three hundred thousand additional troops but he will find that numbers will not avail him much. He has sent the Representatives of the border states home to prepare, as he says the minds of their constituents for the Emancipation Bill.
I wonder if he thinks to frighten us at this late hour. He may do his worst. Thank heaven the last hope of a reconstruction now is gone. We must either be a free and independent people or a Congressed Territory held in subjection by a standing army. There is no alternative left us, we must choose one or the other, and I cant think that the South will waver in the choice though we must still expect to have enemies and traitors amongst us.Men who will condescend to any measures however low to save their vast property from confiscation, and others who will speculate on the credo of our infant government , and by exorbitant prices depreciate our currency. Thereby robbing our soldiers who first receive those funds at?? , and amassing fortunes which they never will or can enjoy. Since I left the Mountain Rangers I have heard that G. Miller [George Knox Miller] has been appointed Captain.
It was a good selection and Knox will make a splendid officer. I have not learned who are the Lieuts, but did understand that Lieut McElderry had resigned, but hope that is not true, though he ought to be made Captain. I have heard nothing direct from the Co. For more than a month. I sometimes get a letter from Jeff or Asberry.
When I last heard they were at Columbus and both well, though I telegraphed Jeff last night and have received no reply. I was not satisfied with his company and I have been trying to get him sent to me. If I can get him to stay in the office I could get a leave of absence for a month and come home.
I will try to get come or let Bill come about the last of August. The enemy yesterday shelled our Batteries both at Grand Gulf and Vicksburg without doing any damage. Vicksburg is holding out well. She has been shelled nearly every day for a month with but little damage. A large number of Conscripts are coming in today.
We are sending to Camps of Instructors till they can be organized into Battalions or Regiments. Then they will be put in the field.
Ma you must write to me just so soon as you get this and give me all the news at home. Give my kindest remembrance to all my friends at home. Tell the Negroes Haddy, and the little girls that I want to see them very bad. Tell Pa and George to write to me.From John Stockdale to father, while in medical school. 3 pgs (partial letter bottom half missing).
I received your letter of the 1. My connection with both the Professors and students has been so far as agreeable as I could wish. There is a good number of students here from Ala.We have a large graduating class and I think we will be about one hundred. Memorials and petitions were sent to the State Legislature praying for aid to enlarge the. Alms-House, Marine Hospital, Roper Hospital, and the College, and is bounded on the North by Magazine. On the East by the Masych? , on the south by the Queen, and West by Franklin Street. My boarding house is about a half mile northeast of the college, on the west side of the American Hotel. There is a considerable degree of ex? [cont] [talks about power of banking companies fixing interest rates, controlling monopolies, etc] The Cotton market is rather dull on account of the present war between Turkey and Russia. We had a very heavy rain and storm last Thursday night in which a revenue cutter was supposed to be wrecked off the coast a short distance, which report was denied by some fisherman. But still we are uncertain of her fate. I called on a surgical instrument maker in Meeting Street the other day and examined his trosses? , of which he had a large assortment. I found which I thought [cut off].
From John Stockdale to his brother, while in medical school. The second course students have nearly all left for their respective homes. The Proffs will not be able to finish the course except Dr. Preilean, the Proff of Obstetrics. Letter of recommendation for J.Permit me to introduce to your acquaintance my friend J. Who is seeking a location to practice medicine. Stockdale possesses the confidence of those who know him; is a perfect gentleman, of unquestionable moral character, and steady habits. He is a graduate of the Medical College at Charleston and no doubt fully qualified to practice his profession. If there is an opening for a physician at Harpersville, do me the favor to introduce the Dr. To you friends as a young man of the right stamp, Letter A no.
Stockdale, from her niece, Sallie J. She is mentioned in next letter from another cousin Sallie Bouleev?Letter concerns family content, mentioning a Mr. She mentions her cousin John J. Stockdale, talks about Mr Chilton in Augusta, other family members; Edgefield, talks about sending her ambrotype out, mentions an uncle in Texas coming to Carolina, - various other family names, etc. Lark / Laik writes to her cousin, John L. Talks about family, how much she enjoyed Johns company in Charleston, photographs. I suppose not your time is now devoted to the relief of suffering humanity and your thoughts too of course. Mentions relations in Edgefield, Sallie Boulev???
Stockdale, Calvary John Lark Stockdale was born August 12, 1831, in Edgefield, South Carolina. He was the son of Rev.James Seeds Stockdale of County Down, Ireland and Sarah Lark, of Edgefield, S. He was the maternal grandson of Honorable Judge John Lark and Precious Waters Lark of Edgefield, S. And the paternal grandson of John Stockdale and Ester Seeds Stockdale, both of County Down, Ireland.
Stockdale was an educator, a soldier (calvary), physician, and surgeon. For many years, he taught in the Talladega Male High School. Stockdale had been Registrar and Master in Chancery of the fourteenth District, N.
Chancery Division; President of the Clay County Medical Society and was prominent in other Medical bodies. He wrote Medical articles in Our Mountain Home Newspaper in Talladega. Stockdale was a member of St. Peters Episcopal Church in Talladega.
He died at his home on North Street, in Talladega on Sunday morning, at 2:00 A. Funeral services were conducted by Dr. Blaylock of Anniston at 4:00 P. Interment took place in the Talladega Cemetary across the street from St. Captain Bowie's company of cavalry was formed in the summer of 1858/59 for the purpose of drilling, military discipline and various feats of horsemanship, but it did not have any official sanction.Each member provided his own horse and uniform. In October 1859 John Brown made his raid on Harper's Ferry for the purpose of arming a slave revolt. Despite Brown's failure, the Southern states took the threat seriously enough to create State Guards, or militia, to put down such revolts should they occur. Moore of Alabama accepted Bowie's independent company into the Alabama State Guards in late 1859 as the Mountain Rangers. The state supplied the members with sabers and Colt navy revolvers. In 1861, after Alabama had seceded, Governor Moore offered the Mountain Rangers to Jefferson Davis for Confederate service. The item "XRARE Confederate J Stockdale POW Surgeon Mountain Rangers Civil War Letters CSA" is in sale since Monday, March 24, 2014.
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