William H. S. Burgwyn Letter: August 19, 1862

The next letter from the William H. S. Burgwyn collection is available in our Civil War Digital Collections. William H. S. Burgwyn and his regiment, the 35th North Carolina, spent much of July and the beginning of August building fortifications and digging trenches in the Richmond – Petersburg area. In this letter to his mother William reports that they have just finished their part in fortifications around Petersburg.  He writes his mother that brigade will be heading to Richmond. “Our major says we are going to Richmond I don’t think there can be any doubt that we will join Stonewall…We finished working on the works around Petersburg yesterday by now and this immediate order accounts for compelling us to work on Sunday showing that as soon as we could possibly finish we would be ordered off.” The regiment marched toward Richmond the next morning.

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