Capers, Ellison Collection, 1861-1865

Title

Capers, Ellison Collection, 1861-1865

Subject

United States--Military history
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865
Confederate States of America--History, Military
Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina

Description

Ellison Capers (1837-1908) was in The Citadel's Class of 1857. After graduation he taught at The Citadel before joining the Confederacy. By the end of the Civil War, Capers had been appointed Brigadier General. After the war, Capers entered the ministry. In 1887 he was consecrated assistant bishop of South Carolina. The Ellison Capers Collection at The Citadel Archives includes letters and diaries dated between 1861 and 1865. This digital collection includes letters written by Capers to his wife Lottie during the war.

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Creator

Capers, Ellison 1837-1908

Source

A1961.1

Publisher

The Citadel Archives & Museum

Date

1861-1865

Rights

Materials in The Citadel Archives & Museum Digital Collections are intended for educational and research use. The user assumes all responsibility for identifying and satisfying any claimants of copyright. For more information contact The Citadel Archives & Museum, The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina, Charleston, South Carolina, 29409.

Format

application/pdf

Language

English

Type

Text

Identifier

https://citadeldigitalarchives.omeka.net/collections/show/4

Audience

Citadel Class of 1857

Collection Items

Letter from Ellison Capers to his wife Lottie, November 26, 1861
Capers writes that Peter has the measles. He says that he is well, and is considering resigning from The Citadel to join Stevens, but has been ordered to a regiment on Johns Island. He asks Lottie's opinion, and says that he knows he has her…

Letter from Ellison Capers to his wife Lottie, December 6, 1861
Capers writes to Lottie from Wadmalaw Island. He says that he rode his horse, Hardtimes, from Charleston to their camp. He describes the location, and says that he saw the smoking plantations on Edisto Island. Capers asks Lottie to make him a bed…

Letter from Ellison Capers to his wife Lottie, December 19, 1861
Capers writes to his wife Lottie from Johns Island, South Carolina. He describes the retreat of the Rifle Regiment from two days before. He had been with the Carolina Light Infantry on Johns Island Ferry, and in the middle of the night was awakened…

Letter from Ellison Capers to his wife Lottie, December 19, 1861 (Night)
Capers writes to his wife Lottie from Johns Island, and gives a more detailed account of the retreat that he described in his previous letter from that morning. He writes that Colonel Branch ordered his men to retreat without their belongings, but…

Letter from Ellison Capers to his wife Lottie, December 23, 1861
Capers writes to his wife Lottie from Camp Evans on Johns Island, South Carolina. He wonders where her letters are, as he should have received more than he did. He thanks Lottie for a picture she sent of their son, and assures her that he knows of…

Letter from Ellison Capers to his wife Lottie, January 21, 1862
Capers writes to Lottie from Camp Gist, South Carolina. He says that he is weary, and is camped with nearly five hundred men with no military knowledge. He writes that he is feeling lonely, and doesn't know whether he hears cannons or thunder from…

Letter from Ellison Capers to his wife Lottie, January 25, 1862
Capers writes how the weather has improved and as a result, camp duties have been actively performed. He includes a sketch of their encampment and describes the different components. He remarks on his good health and how he sent his horse,…

Letter from Ellison Capers to his wife Lottie. January 26, 1862
Capers writes to Lottie about a sermon that was given in camp by a Mr. Wightman. He uses a quote from Cicero to describe how Wightman won over his audience. Mr. Wightman warned the men of the dangers of camp life including profanity and drinking.…

Letter from Ellison Capers to his wife Lottie, May 7, 1862
Capers writes that he is glad that Lottie is feeling better but upset that their son is still ill. He talks about the possibility of losing another child and that she should do the best she can for him but the rest is in God's hands. He then writes…

Letter from Ellison Capers to his wife Lottie, May 8, 1862 (Early morning)
Capers writes about a passage in a novel called "Lady-bird" that reminded him of Lottie and their love. He thanks God for the depth of their love but remarks that love is not without its pangs. He talks about losing their daughter and Lottie's…
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