Stepp, Silas H. Letters Silas H. Stepp Letters, 1863-1864 Ms.1992.020

Silas H. Stepp Letters, 1863-1864 Ms.1992.020


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Repository
Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech
Identification
Ms.1992.020
Title
Silas H. previous hit Stepp  next hit Letters 1863-1864
Quantity
0.1 Cubic Feet, 1 folder
Creator
Stepp  next hit, Silas H., 1823-1865
Language
The materials in the collection are in English.
Abstract
Seventeen wartime letters (photocopies only) written by Silas H. previous hit Stepp  next hit, a North Carolina cavalry soldier in the Confederate Army, and later a prisoner of war, during the American Civil War.

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The collection is open to research.

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: [identification of item], [box], [folder], Silas H. previous hit Stepp  next hit Letters, Ms1992-020, Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The Silas H. previous hit Stepp  next hit Letters were donated to Special Collections and University Archives in 1992.

Processing Information

The processing and description of the Silas H. previous hit Stepp Letters commenced and was completed in November, 2023.


Biographical / Historical

Silas H. previous hit Stepp  next hit, son of Joseph M. and Rachel Walters/Waters previous hit Stepp  next hit, was born at Black Mountain (Buncombe County), North Carolina, on March 1, 1823. He married Eleanor Fortune (1825-1897) in 1843; the couple would have five children. The 1850 and 1860 federal censuses list the Stepps as farmers residing in Buncombe County. Silas previous hit Stepp  next hit enlisted in Company D, 7th North Carolina Cavalry Battalion (Confederate) on April 27, 1863, and he transferred to Company C, 6th North Carolina Cavalry on August 3, 1863. On June 22, 1864, he was captured at Jackson's Mill, North Carolina, and was first imprisoned at New Bern, North Carolina, then transferred to Fort Monroe, then Point Lookout, and finally to Elmira Prison on July 8, 1864. previous hit Stepp  next hit died in the prison on January 2, 1865, and was buried in what is now Woodlawn National Cemetery, Elmira.

Scope and Contents

This collection contains seventeen wartime letters (photocopies only) written by Silas H. previous hit Stepp  next hit, a Confederate soldier in Company C, 6th North Carolina Cavalry (and later a prisoner of war) during the American Civil War. The letters are addressed to previous hit Stepp's  next hit wife (Eleanor Fortune previous hit Stepp  next hit), whom he sometimes refers to as "my sweet pink." Fourteen of the letters were written by previous hit Stepp  next hit from unspecified locations in Tennessee and North Coarlina during the spring of 1864. The letters focus on his regiment's movements. He also discusses--among other things--mutual acqaintances, the new Confederate currency, being tried for not obeying an order to curry his horse, being under fire, destroying rail and telegraph lines, camp fare, and taking prisoners.

A fifteenth letter was written from the camp of the 132nd New York Infantry, just after previous hit Stepp  next hit had been taken prisoner. previous hit Stepp's  next hit final three letters were written from Elmira Prison Camp in the summer and fall of 1864, and discuss his health, treatment by his captors, and the impossibility of being exchanged or released on parole. He also conveys news of mutual acquaintances among his fellow prisoners and provides his wife with instructions for managing the farm.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

  • Civil War
  • United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865

Rights Statement for Archival Description

The guide to the Silas H. previous hit Stepp  next hit Letters by Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech, is licensed under a CC0 ( https://creativecommons.org/share-your-work/public-domain/cc0/ ).

Container List

folder 1
Letters
1863-1864