Andrew J. P. Giddings [Giddins or Giddens] Papers, 1863-1865

Manuscript Collection #1043

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Title: Andrew J. P. Giddings [Giddins or Giddens] Papers
Creator: Giddings, Andrew J. P. [Giddins or Giddens]
Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
Languages: English
Abstract: Collection (1863-1865) related to the American Civil War and Andrew Giddings of Company E, 3rd North Carolina infantry. Includes Oath of Allegiance to the United States signed by Andrew Giddings on November 6, 1865 [Following the American Civil War, Confederate officials, veterans and prisoners of war were obliged to sign an "oath of allegiance" to regain their civil rights under the U. S. Constitution.]. The collection also includes a note concerning the capture of Washington Rose, a member of Company C, 6th Louisiana Regiment at the Battle of the Wilderness. Most significantly, the collection contains Andrew Giddings' leather-bound diary and ledger of income and expenses, which includes eyewitness accounts of the engagements in which he participated, including Gettysburg, Cold Harbor, Sharpsburg, Malvern Hill, 2nd Winchester, Chancellorsville, and Wilderness. It also includes descriptions of his capture and imprisonment in a Union prisoner of war camp. The collection also includes an envelope that held the diary with "Granddad Giddings Diary" written on it.
Extent: 0.02 Cubic feet, 1 archival box, 4 items .

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Accessions Information

August 9, 2005, (unprocessed) 4 items, 0.02 cubic feet; Papers (1863-1865) of Confederate soldier from Onslow County, North Carolina, who served in Company E, 3rd North Carolina Infantry, during the Civil War, 1861-1865, including a 52-page, leather-bound notebook containing accounts of several battles, including the battles of Gettysburg, where he was wounded, 2 July 1863; Cold Harbor, Sharpsburg, Malvern Hill, 2nd Winchester, Chancellorsville, and the Wilderness, where he was captured, and his imprisonment at Elmira, NY, 1864-1865; also containing notes and expenses; a note concerning the capture of Washington Rose, of Company C, 6th Louisiana Regiment, at the Battle of the Wilderness, 5 May 1864; and his Oath of Allegiance to the United States, 6 November 1865. Purchase (Special Manuscript Fund), Charles Apfelbaum, Watchung, NJ

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

Andrew J. P. Giddings [Giddins or Giddens] Papers (#1043), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

Acquisition Information

  • Purchase (Special Manuscript Fund), Charles Apfelbaum, Watchung, NJ

Processing Information

  • Processed by Jessica Hardison, April 26, 2007

  • Encoded by Lindsay Flood, April 4, 2008


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

Andrew J. P. Giddings resided in Onslow County where he enlisted at age 24, May 13, 1861, for the war. Wounded and captured at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, July 3, 1863. Confined at Decamp General Hospital, David's Island, New York harbor until paroled and exchanged at City Point, Virginia, September 8, 1863. Captured at Spotsylvania Court House, Virginia, May 12, 1864 and confined at Point Lookout, Maryland until transferred to Aiken's Landing, James River, Virginia March 15, 1865, for exchange. Declared exchanged on March 18, 1865.

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

Papers (1863-1865) of Andrew J. P. Giddings, a Confederate soldier from Onslow County, North Carolina, who served in Company E, 3rd North Carolina Infantry, during the Civil War, 1861-1865, including a 52-page, leather-bound notebook containing accounts of several battles, including the battles of Gettysburg, where he was wounded, 2 July 1863; Cold Harbor, Sharpsburg, Malvern Hill, 2nd Winchester, Chancellorsville, and the Wilderness, where he was captured, and his imprisonment at Elmira, NY, 1864-1865; also containing a ledger of income and expenses; a note concerning the capture of Washington Rose, of Company C, 6th Louisiana Regiment, at the Battle of the Wilderness, 5 May 1864; and his Oath of Allegiance to the United States, 6 November 1865."

Note to Researcher: This collection is named "Giddings [Giddins/Giddens]" because while Andrew wrote his name as "Giddings" various publications and online publications have listed him as either "Giddins" or "Giddens". The collection is arranged in its original order.

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

  • Box 1#1043.1
    • Folder a#1043.1.a
      • Oath of Allegiance to Union (Nov. 6, 1865), signed Andrew Giddings, Elmira, New York. 6 inches x 4 inches, Printed form. 1 item. 1 p.  (item #1)
      • Note (May 5-6, 1864) relating to the Capture of Washington Rose of Company C, 6th Louisiana Regiment at the Battle of Wilderness, 7 3/4 inches x 5 1/2 inches Holograph. 1 item. 1 p. Note: Author unknown  (item #2)
      • Andrew J. P. Giddings Diary and Ledger of Income and Expenses (1863-1865) describing the life of a Confederate soldier from Onslow county, North Carolina who served in Company E, 3rd North Carolina Infantry. Includes descriptions of several Civil War battles: Gettysburg, Cold Harbor, Sharpsburg, Malvern Hill, 2nd Winchester, Chancellorsville, and the Wilderness. 4 1/2 inches x 3 inches Leather bound. 1 item. 52 p. Note: Conservation needed. Parts of the leather strap are coming off and some pages are separated from the binding.  (item #3)
      • Envelope (undated) which contained the Diary. "Granddad Giddings Diary" written on the envelope. 6 inches x 3 1/2 inches 1 item. 1 page.   (item #4)

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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