Nathaniel Oliver Van Nortwick Papers

Manuscript Collection #577
Van Nortwick, Nathaniel Oliver
Physical description
0.133 Cubic Feet, 6 items , correspondence (1864-1866).
Preferred Citation
Nathaniel Oliver Van Nortwick Papers (#577), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.
ECU Manuscript Collection
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Papers (1864-1866) of soldier from Beaufort County who was killed in action near Petersburg, Va., during the Civil War while serving in the 33 Regiment of N.C. Troops, including correspondence, especially one notifying his mother of his death.

Biographical/historical information

Nathaniel Oliver Van Nortwick served in Company B, 33rd N.C. Infantry Regiment (North Carolina Troops). He was of Beaufort County, North Carolina, and enlisted in Wake County on September 27, 1864, at age 20. He was wounded in action near Petersburg, Virginia, on April 2, 1865, and died the following day in the Richmond, Virginia, area.

Source: N.C. Troops, 1861-1865: A Roster. Manarin, Louis H. and Jordan, Weymouth T., Jr. Vol. IX, pp. 145-146. Raleigh, N.C. : State Dept. of Archives and History. 2013

Scope and arrangement

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.

Administrative information
Custodial History

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.

Source of acquisition

Gift of Mr. Layton Getsinger

Processing information

Processed by C. Crews, April 1991

Encoded by Apex Data Services

Copyright notice

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

Key terms
Personal Names
Van Nortwick, Nathaniel Oliver, -1865
Corporate Names
Confederate States of America. Army. North Carolina Infantry Regiment, 33rd. Company B
North Carolina--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Personal narratives
Petersburg (Va.)--History, Military
Virginia--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Personal narratives

Container list
Box 1 Folder a Item 1 Van Nortwick, Nathaniel Oliver, VA (12/7/1864). Letter to Father and Mother requesting a box to be sent to him, mentions his health, canon fire near James River and the weather. 1 item. 4 p
Box 1 Folder a Item 2 Van Nortwick, Nathaniel Oliver, (Dec. 1864). Letter to Mother, mentions jaundice of feet and requests that a box be sent to him as well as some money for washing his clothes. 1 item. 2 p. Notes: faded writing, illegible
Box 1 Folder a Item 3 Van Nortwick, Nathaniel Oliver, (03/5/1865). Letter to cousin requesting that they write more often. 1 item. 2p. Notes: faded writing, illegible
Box 1 Folder a Item 5 Van Nortwick, Nathaniel Oliver. (1864) Letter to Mother, requests box, complains of jaundice of feet. 1 item. 2 p. Notes: faded writing, illegible
Box 1 Folder a Item 6 Van Nortwick, Nathaniel Oliver. 1 item. 4 p. Notes: Letter indecipherable