Monthly Archives: September 2012

The End of Lawrence O’Bryan Branch

William A. Blount was the father of Lawrence O’Bryan Branch’s  widow, Nancy Haywood Blount. In this Telegraph to Brigadier General Lawrence O’Bryan Branch’s sister, Mrs. R. Williams states that his son had gone to bring the Brigadier General’s remains back … Continue reading

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William H. S. Burgwyn’s view of The Battle of Antietam

William H. S. Burgwyn writes to his Brother “Harry” Henry King Burgwyn Jr. about the Battle of Antietam. “Thirty Fifth Regiment N.C.T Camp near Martinsville Va. September 23, 1862 Dear Harry I suppose ere this you have heard of the … Continue reading

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Obituaries – Lawrence O’Bryan Branch

Lawrence O’Bryan Branch served as Brigadier General under A. P. Hill’s division at the battle of Antietam where he was one of six generals to die.  He was the President of the Raleigh & Gaston Railroad Co., served in the … Continue reading

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“…please tell me what I must do.”

Battlefield dispatches are rare gems within manuscript collections. Many are drafted on scraps of paper and hurriedly composed in the midst of a raging battle. They are shoved in the hands of mounted couriers and officers to be delivered to … Continue reading

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The Day Before…

Over the next couple of weeks, we will be highlighting documents from our collection that deal with the Battle of Antietam, Maryland, the bloodiest one day battle in American History, and the death of Brigadier General Lawrence O’Bryan Branch. The … Continue reading

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“We Are Discharging a Great Many Men…”

The First Conscription Act in April 1862 proved to be as disruptive to Confederate military units as well as to communities back home. Company officers and sergeants struggled to deal with fluid company rosters, where men were being discharged due … Continue reading

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First Wednesdays – Lee’s Lost Order

Perhaps no other document from the American Civil War has engendered as much speculation or controversy as the infamous Special Order 191, or as it is more generally known, the “Lost Order” or the “Lost Dispatch.”  Historians have argued for … Continue reading

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