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Xrare Confederate J Stockdale Pow Surgeon Mountain Rangers Civil War Letters Csa For Sale
RARE Civil War Letter Archive
John L. StockdaleFounding member of the Alabama Mountain RangersSurgeon, Prisoner of War GREAT WAR Content& Pre-war
FOR OFFER - a very nice Civil War archive. Fresh from a local estate in Upstate Western NY - Never offered on the market before. All original, vintage, old, antique - guaranteed! JOHN LARK STOCKDALE was born on Aug 12, 1831 at John Larks Home in the county of Edgefield in the state of South Carolina; studied medicine at the Medical College in Charleston, SC; He became 1st Lieut. of the Mountain Rangers in 1859; First entered the service as First Lieutenant on Aug 13, 1861 at Decatur, Ala. in the Mountain Rangers 8th Confederate Cavalry and continued until July 20, 1862 - Transferred by order of Gen. A. Beauregard to Brigadier Gen Wm N. R. Beulh staff and commissioned Maj and Brigade Comisary by the War Department and continued until Dec 1st 1862 when he was appointed purchasing commisary of the Western Department with rank of Major and assistant Chief of Subsistence. He acted as Asst-Surgeon at the Genl Hospital at Port Madison during the seige of 1863. and Continued until July 8th, 1863 when he was taken prisoner at surrender of Port Hudson and carried to Johnson's Island where he acted as Asst Surgeon for the prisoners. Afterwards to Point Lookout Maryland. Afterward to Deleware Bay where he remained until the 27th of July 1865 where he was paroled by order of Pres. Andrew Johnson. There are 6 letters in this grouping, which were all found together in a local estate. 3 of these are in the hand of John L. Stockdale - about 9 1/2 pages total, with signature at end of two of the letters. Perhaps the most interesting and FABULOUS letter is an undated, partial letter (4 pgs. long), the last four pages of a letter (beginning pages are missing). 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.
John L. Stockdale letter transcriptions.
1. [n.d., but ca. Fall 1862 – during the war. Written by John L.
Stockdale, in his hand - to his mother. Partial letter, 4 pgs.]
“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 can’t 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.K.
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. or
Regt. 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. He is very anxious to come
and I am much in need of him for a clerk. 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. I am anxious to hear. 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"
2. Charleston, S.C. Dec
13, 1853. [From John Stockdale to father, while in medical school. 3 pgs
(partial letter – bottom half missing)].
I received your letter of the 1st inst yesterday
evening … enclosed also I received a check on the Farmers and Exchange bank for
fifty dollars … This leaves me in the enjoyment of very good health and getting
along finely with my studies. 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 [cut off]
… [cont] [talks about the money and how he will get along,
getting books and possibly needing $50 more] … The college is situated near
Ashley river at the corner of Queen and Franklin street, and the block on which
it is situated is occupied by the Goal [?] 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? [cut off]
… [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. It averages about 10 cts. 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]
3. Charleston, S.C. Feb. 21, 1855. [From John Stockdale to his
brother, while in medical school. 2 ½ pages. Signed].
In my last letter to Pa I wrote that I would send him a
barrel of Irish potatoes for seed if the freight on them was not too great. But
I find that including cost and freight they would come to 11 ½ or 12 dollars at
home and thinking that he would be unwilling to pay so high for them I have
concluded not to send any. … [goes on to
say that 480 more should do him till he returns] … but I find that if I get a
pocket-case of surgical instruments and some tooth instruments which are necessary,
and I should be very glad to be able to buy, I will need about an additional
twenty dollars. Though I know he is not flush with money at this time, yet
those things are so necessary that I practice next summer, which I intend to
do. If I am successful at the coming examination and can get the work to do
that, I wont ask him to send me that amount ….
… 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. I am
getting tired ot hearing lectures, though to sit and listen to eight lectures a
day each an hour long is enough to wear any one out. …
4. Kelly’s Springs, Ala. Apr. 3, 1855. [1 pg. letter of recommendation
for J. Stockdale].
Col. J. M. Kidd [John M. Kidd]
Permit me to introduce to your acquaintance my friend J.L.
Stockdale, M.D., who is seeking a location to practice medicine. Dr. 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. Col. 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. 1.
5. Hollie Hill, Mar. 6, 1857.
[Letter to Mrs. Stockdale, mother of J. L. Stockdale, from her niece,
Sallie J. B. (she is mentioned in next
letter from another cousin – Sallie Bouleev?)
3 pgs. Letter concerns family content, mentioning a Mr. Buckmaster and others.
She mentions her cousin John [J. L. 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
6. Newberry village. May
30 [ca. mid to late 1850s]. [ Cousin Nannie E. Lark / Laik writes to her
cousin, John L. Stockdale. …. Talks about family, how much she enjoyed John’s
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
[signed] Nannie E. Lark / Laik
Major John L. Stockdale, CalvaryJohn 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.C. He was the maternal grandson of Honorable Judge John Lark and Precious Waters Lark of Edgefield, S.C. and the paternal grandson of John Stockdale and Ester Seeds Stockdale, both of County Down, Ireland. Dr. Stockdale was an educator, a soldier (calvary), physician, and surgeon.For many years, he taught in the Talladega Male High School.During 1861-1865, he was a surgeon in the Confederate States Army and while a Confederate prisoner on Johnson’s Island, Sandusky Bay, Ohio.Dr. Stockdale had been Registrar and Master in Chancery of the fourteenth District, N.E. 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.Dr. Stockdale was a member of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Talladega. He died at his home on North Street, in Talladega on Sunday morning,at 2:00 A.M. on August 11, 1912. Funeral services were conducted by Dr. J.H. Blaylock of Anniston at 4:00 P.M. Sunday afternoon. Interment took place in the Talladega Cemetary across the street from St. Peter’s Church. 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. Governor Andrew B. 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