11 October 1862: “Capt. Craddock will please carry my negroes as far up as Rocky Mount”

Item description: Letter, 11 October 1862, from William S. Pettigrew to Captain James Craddock, making plans to meet in Rocky Mount, N.C., so that Pettigrew could take possession of his slaves.

[Please see the post for 1 October 1862 for more information about Pettigrew’s efforts to move his slaves from Scuppernong in Tyrell County, N.C., then occupied by Union forces.]

Item citation: In folder 258 in the Pettigrew papers #592, Southern Historical Collection, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Item transcription:

Not Sent

Capt. Craddock will please carry my negroes as far up as Rocky Mount; at or near which place he will find me, and I will receive them from him. Please carry them to the Depot, and then inform me of their arrival. I will probably be either at Mr. Kenelm H. Lewis’ which is about a mile from the Depot, or at Mr. Bagley’s & Mr. Short’s which is, I think, near by. Mr. West and myself will leave Mr. Barras’s to-day on our way up. Hoping you will encounter no difficulty in bringing my negroes,

I am, Respectfully yours,

William S. Pettigrew

I will leave word at the hotel near the Depot, as to where you can find me.

Oct. 11, 1862

Capt. James Craddock

Favoured by Mr. E. Barras.

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