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.
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.
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.
Purchase (Special Manuscript Fund), Charles Apfelbaum, Watchung, NJ
Processed by Jessica Hardison, April 26, 2007
Encoded by Lindsay Flood, April 4, 2008
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