John C. Wardlaw letters,

Abstract

The John C. Wardlaw letters is the correspondence from a confederate soldier trained at the Kentucky Military Institute to his parents in South Carolina. Also included is a notebook of family genealogy, The Address of the People of South Carolina Assembled in COnvention, to the People of the Slaveholding States of the United States, and two photographs of the soldier.

Descriptive Summary

Title
John C. Wardlaw letters,
Date
1842-1865
Creator
Wardlaw, John C.
Extent
0.35 Cubic feet
Subjects
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Confederate States of America.
Arrangement
The letters are arranged chronologically.
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Ida Sell
Preferred Citation
2007MS056 : [identification of item], John C. Wardlaw letters, 1842-1865, University of Kentucky Special Collections.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
John C. Wardlaw was a senior cadet at the Kentucky Military Institute in Frankfort, Kentucky, originally from South Carolina. He participated in several battles including Malvern Hill in Virginia, 1862, and was wounded at the Second Battle of Manassas. In 1864 Wardlaw was involved in the Wilderness campaign including battles at Spotsylvania Court House and at Cold Harbor. Wardlaw was also a defender during the siege of Petersburg and involved in action at Williamsburg. On April 9, 1865 he was on a list of paroled prisoners surrendered by General Robert E. Lee at Appomattox Court House.
Scope and Content
The John C. Wardlaw letters contain correspondence Wardlaw wrote to his parents before and during the Civil War, 1861-1865. The first eight letters, all written from Kentucky, provide insight into life in Kentucky and the Kentucky Military Institute during the first six months of war. They discuss the polarization and bitterness existing in the state because of the succession issue; Kentucky's attempt at neutrality; his report that Lincoln is secretly importing arms into Kentucky to eradicate secessionists; his joy over the capture of Fort Sumter, and how South Carolina has been demeaned by some "in this half-abolitionized state (Kentucky)." The letters also describe how he and some of his classmates burned Abraham Lincoln in effigy and that he felt compelled to make a public speech defending South Carolina's honor at the event. Wardlaw also details Confederate Army politics, battles or actions such as the Union's attempt to take Richmond, life in the trenches, and the vivid execution of a deserter. Finally, in the days just preceding the fall of Richmond in 1865 he writes that he is volunteering to sign up African American troops to defend the Confederacy.
The collection includes family photographs, a diary containing the family genealogy, and a copy of The Address of the People of South Carolina Assembled in Convention, to the People of the Slaveholding States of the United States.

Restrictions on Access and Use

Conditions Governing Access
Conditions Governing Access note Collection is open to researchers by appointment.
Use Restrictions
The physical rights to the materials in this collection are held by the University of Kentucky Special Collections.

Contents of the Collection

First and Second South Carolina Rifles, dates of service and description,, 1861-1865

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F.H.W. notebook on memories of family,, 1842

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John C. Wardlaw, Louisville, Kentucky,, August 29

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John C. Wardlaw, Military Institute, Kentucky, letter to father,, 1861 February 29

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John C. Wardlaw, Military Institute, Kentucky, to father,, 1861 March 4

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John C. Wardlaw, Military Institute, Franklin Co., Kentucky, to father,, 1861 March 31

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John C. Wardlaw, Military Institute, Kentucky, to father,, 1861 April 24

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John C. Wardlaw, Military Institute, Kentucky, to father,, 1861 May 27

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John C. Wardlaw, Louisville, Kentucky, to father,, 1861 June 14

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John C. Wardlaw, S & C R R depot, Columbia, to father,, 1861 September 4

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John C. Wardlaw, Headquarter's of Provisional Forces, Sullivan's Islands, South Carolina, to father,, 1861 November 6

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John C. Wardlaw, Headquarters "Orr's Reg't Rifles", Sullivan's Island, South Carolina, to father,, 1861 November 15

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John C. Wardlaw, Sullivan's Island, South Carolina, to father and mother,, 1861 December 12

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John C. Wardlaw, Sullivan's Island, South Carolina, to father,, 1861 December 19

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John C. Wardlaw, Headquarter's of "1st Batt Rifles", Sullivan's Island, South Carolina, to father,, 1861 December 27

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John C. Wardlaw, Camp Means John's Island, South Carolina, to father,, 1862 March 12

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John C. Wardlaw, Headquarters of 2nd Brigade, Longstreets Division, to father,, 1862 August 8

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John C. Wardlaw, Camp at Bulls Gap, Tennessee, to father,, 1864 March 21

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John C. Wardlaw, Camp second South Carolina Rifles, near Petersburg, Virginia, to mother,, 1864 September 22

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John C. Wardlaw, Trenches at Chaffins Farm, Virginia, to father,, 1864 October 1

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John C. Wardlaw to mother,, 1864 December 18

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John C. Wardlaw, Trenches five miles from Richmond on Darbytown Road, to father,, 1864 October 15

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John C. Wardlaw. South Carolina Soldier Home, Richmond, Virginia, to father,, 1865 March 31

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John C. Wardlaw, Abbeville, South Carolina, to father,, 1865 September 18

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John C. Wardlaw, Morris Island, Charlestown Harbor, South Carolina, to father,, 1861 March 6

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The Address of the People of South Carolina,, 1860

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John C. Wardlaw photograph,, undated

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John C. Wardlaw, photograph pendant,, undated

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