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Accession number 1994.014
Catalog Number 1994.014
Collection Pearce Civil War Collection
Object Name Letter
Title Gammon (C. S.) Papers, 1863
Creator Gammon (C. S.)
Date March 13, 1863
Dates of Creation March 13, 1863
Scope & Content The letter is written by First Lt. C.S. Gammon of the 25th Virginia Infantry, Company I. The letter was signed by several members in the company and then forwarded to higher officers. The letter is a request to deny the conscription of James Jackson into the company. According to the letter, Jackson "In the early part of the war, he became disloyal to the South, and as we learn, was a scout & spy for the enemy. One thing we do know, that he was with the enemy, and aided in Capturing & removing citizens. Of the foregoing county, and has was taken prisoner sometime last fall and confined in Jail at Warm Springs, and broke Jail. He afterwards was with the enemy at a time when two members of Co "I" 25th Va Regt was taken prisoners and he often [bankd] them with Columbus Ohio, and was one of the Guards that removed them from Pocahontas when they were sick, to the County town of Beverly in Randolph County… but the men, who know him well, and have heard so much of his conduct to their friends in Pocahontas, refuse to sevre let him serve in the Company."
The letter was then forwarded to Lt. Col. I. C. Higginbottom, commander of the 25th Virginia who signed it and sent it to a higher authority. The letter was then signed by Brigadier General J. R. Jones commander of the brigade, Major General I. R. Trimble, division commander and finally Lieutenant General Jackson and General Robert E. Lee's staff officer R. H. Chilton. The letter was approved by the chain of command. James Jackson was sent to Richmond and assigned on January 22. 1864 to the 1st Virginia Battalion, company D. Jackson was listed as a POW on April 3, 1865 at Petersburg, confined on April 15th at Hart's Island, New York and took an Oath of Allegiance to the Union on June 21, 1865.
Finding Aids Available in the archives or online at
People Jackson, Thomas J. "Stonewall"
Ashby, Turner
Trimble, I. R.
Jones, J. R.
Gammon, C. S.
Lee, Robert E.
Higginbottom, I. C.
Jackson, James
Search Terms Spy
25th Virginia Infantry, Company I
1st Virginia Battalion, Company D
Credit line Pearce Civil War Collection
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