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Letter to Future Confederate North Carolina Colonel

 
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8 1/4 x 5, in ink, written by William G. Broadfoot, a Confederate Treasury Official, to his son Charles who later in the war would be a Confederate colonel.

Fay.[etteville], [North Carolina], Apl. 4/61

Dear Charles,

I enclose report as promised in my note of yesterday- and am happy now to add that your Mother impressed herself highly pleased with the whole record- & I trust that you will maintain a quiet & steady [?] at your studies without over taxing your faculties, strive to deserve without caring much how the honors may be awarded- & above all be without reproach- and your father assures you again he is satisfied- & looks forward without a shadow on your future- May God direct & preserve my son.

Yr. F.[ather]

I sent another paper today.

This letter was written by William Giles Broadfoot, (1806-72), the father of Confederate soldiers Charles W. Broadfoot and George B. Broadfoot, (1844-85) (5th North Carolina Cavalry), only 8 days before the bombardment of Fort Sumter and the start of the War Between the States, while Charles was still a student at the University of North Carolina and only 3 1/2 months away from him joining the Confederate Army. The elder Broadfoot was a Confederate official in the C.S.A. Depository at Fayetteville, North Carolina.

The recipient of this note, Charles Wetmore Broadfoot, (1842-1919), was an 18 year old student at the University of North Carolina when he enlisted as a private on July 15, 1861, and was mustered into Company H, 1st North Carolina Infantry. He was mustered out of this regiment on November 12, 1861. He then served in Company D, 43rd North Carolina Infantry, also known as the "Cumberland Plough Boys," and was discharged for promotion on September 7, 1862, being commissioned 1st Lieutenant and Aide-de-Camp, on the staff of General Theophilus H. Holmes, who was his uncle.** On July 1, 1864, he was commissioned into the Field & Staff of the 1st North Carolina Reserve Infantry, with rank of lieutenant colonel and colonel. His date and method of discharge are unknown. After the war, in 1870, Charles was elected to the state legislature. He served as Dean of the Cumberland County Bar, and was elected as a trustee of the University of North Carolina in 1911.

*This note came out of a small grouping of Broadfoot family letters and documents that I acquired a couple of years ago. It was oftentimes the habit of Mr. Broadfoot to include a note to Charles in the same letter that his mother wrote to him.

** Frances "Fannie" Rebecca Wetmore Broadfoot (1825-92), was the wife of William G. Broadfoot, and the mother of Charles W. Broadfoot. Fannie's older sister, Laura Jane Wetmore, was married to Confederate General Theophilus H. Holmes.



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