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First Battle of Kinston, N.C., Collection, 1862-1863

(Manuscript Collection #1222)

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Title: First Battle of Kinston, N.C., Collection
Creators: Kinsley, Alfred Howard
Kinsley, Thomas
Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
Languages: English
Abstract: Collection includes seven letters (November 20, 1862-January 12, 1863) written by brothers Thomas Kinsley of Co. A and Alfred Kinsley of Co. H of the Massachusetts 45th Infantry during the Civil War. Their letters originate from Camp Amory on the Trent at New Bern, N.C. The main focus of their letters is the First Battle of Kinston, N.C., which took place on December 13 and 14, 1862.
Extent: 0.05 Cubic feet, 1 archival folder, consisting of correspondence

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Accessions Information

August 7, 2013, (unprocessed) 0.05 cubic feet; Collection includes seven letters (November 20, 1862-January 12, 1863) written by brothers Thomas Kinsley of Co. A and Alfred Kinsley of Co. H of the Massachusetts 45th Infantry during the Civil War. Alfred Kinsley enlisted as a sergeant on September 16, 1862, and Thomas enlisted as a private the day before. Their letters originate from Camp Amory on the Trent at New Bern, N.C. The main focus of their letters is the First Battle of Kinston, N.C., which took place on December 13 and 14, 1862. Purchased from Denning House Antiquarian Books & Manuscripts of Lancaster, PA.

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Preferred Citation

First Battle of Kinston, N.C., Collection (#1222), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA

Acquisition Information

  • Purchased from Denning House Antiquarian Books & Manuscripts of Lancaster, PA

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

Thomas Kinsley and his brother Alfred Kinsley served in the Massachusetts 45th Infantry during the Civil War. Alfred Howard Kinsley, a Springfield, Massachusetts, gunsmith enlisted at the age of twenty-four as a sergeant on September 16, 1862, and was mustered into Co. H on September 26, 1862. He mustered out on July 7, 1863, at Readville, MA. On October 5, 1863, he was commissioned into Co. E of Massachusetts 2nd Heavy Artillery as a 1st lieutenant and was discharged for disability on December 29, 1864. He died September 5, 1912, in Boston, MA. Thomas Kinsley, a nineteen-year-old salesman of Boston, MA, enlisted as a private on September 15, 1862, and was mustered into Co. A on September 26, 1862. He was mustered out at Readville, MA, on July 7, 1863. Thomas died on April 11, 1916.

Source: Historical Data Systems, Inc. http://civilwardata.com/active/hdsquery.dll?SoldierHistory?U&100865

The 45th Regiment Massachusetts Volunteer Militia arrived in Beaufort, N.C., on November 15, 1862, and then travelled by rail to New Bern, N.C., where it joined Amory's Brigade of Foster's Division and established camp on the banks of the Trent River near Fort Gaston. On December 12 the regiment set out with General Foster's expedition to Goldsboro, N.C., reaching Kinston on December 14, losing fifteen men killed and forty-three men wounded in battle. At Whitehall on December 16 the regiment lost four men killed and sixteen men wounded in battle, and then arrived in Goldsboro on December 17 where the regiment did not see action. Then the soldiers marched back to New Bern arriving on December 21.

Source: Historical Data Systems, Inc. http://civilwardata.com/active/hdsquery.dll?RegimentHistory?953&U

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