Judy Poirer, one of our members, shared a copy of a Civil War letter of her great-great uncle John Calvin Welborn wrote to his family back home. John was a member of the 45th Regiment, North Carolina Troops. The 45th Infantry Regiment was organized at Camp Magnum, near Raleigh, North Carolina, in April, 1862. During the spring of 1863 the unit moved north and took part in the campaigns of the Army of Northern Virginia from Gettysburg to Cold Harbor. Judy Poirer kindly provided a transcript of John Welborn’s letter. The Society does not own the rights to this document, all rights are retained by the original family members.
The letter demonstrates that concerns of young soldiers were not so different on either side of the war. They were concerned about domestic affairs at home, the status of fellow soldiers and the hope that they would return back home to their families.
Attached is a time line of the 45th Regiment, North Carolina Infantry during the civil war. Judy was kind enough to include in red a time line as it relates to John Calvin Welborn.
As we can see from the timeline, John Calvin Welborn never made it back home.
Copy of page 1 of original letter:
edited by Tom Lynch, Collections Manager
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Source: Judy & Scott Poirer Collection # 79 , Warren County NY Historical Society.