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Nathaniel Oliver Van Nortwick Papers, 1864-1866

Manuscript Collection #577

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Title: Nathaniel Oliver Van Nortwick Papers
Creator: Van Nortwick, Nathaniel Oliver
Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
Languages: English
Abstract: Papers (1864-1866) of soldier from Pitt County who was killed in action near Petersburg, VA, during the Civil War while serving in the 33 Regiment of NC Troops, including correspondence, letters, especially one notifying his mother of his death.
Extent: 0.133 Cubic feet, 6 items , correspondence (1864-1866).

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Accessions Information

June 28, 1989, 6 items; Letters (1864-1865) of soldier from Pitt County, N.C., assigned to 33rd Regt. N.C. Troops. Gift of Mr. Layton Getsinger, Greenville, N.C.

Access Restrictions

No restrictions

Copyright Notice

Literary rights to specific documents are retained by the authors or their descendants in accordance with U.S. copyright law.

Preferred Citation

Nathaniel Oliver Van Nortwick Papers (#577), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

Acquisition Information

  • Gift of Mr. Layton Getsinger

Processing Information

  • Processed by C. Crews, April 1991

  • Encoded by Apex Data Services


Biographical / Historical Note Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

Nathaniel Oliver Van Nortwick served in Company B, 33rd N.C. Infantry Regiment (North Carolina Troops). He was killed in action near Petersburg, Virginia, on April 2, 1865.

Description Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

One letter (April 10, 1866) informs Van Nortwick's mother of his death. Although this collection has not well withstood the ravages of time, there are still portions of items that can be deciphered and give insight into the Spartan lifestyle endured by the soldiers during the Civil War. Two letters request a box; one more specifically requests something to eat, a pair of boots, two pairs of socks, and a pair of gloves; and the other requests money to have clothes washed.

Online access to this finding aid is supported with funds created through the federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA). These funds come through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services which is administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources. This grant is part of the North Carolina ECHO, Exploring Cultural Heritage Online, Digitization Grant Program.

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