Gwynn, Walter, 1802-1882
Found in 5 Collections and/or Records:
File — Box 1, Folder: 2
Scope and Contents Folder two contains letters and documents from 1860 including reports from officers stationed in forts in and around Charleston harbor (SC). The primary subjects of correspondence include military preparedness, general defenses, and vulnerabilities of the various forts. Some documents show early Confederate preparations for attacking Fort Sumter, which at that point remained in possession of the United States. This folder also includes applications for the South Carolina state militia from...
Dates: 1860-01-01 - 1860-12-31
File — Box 1, Folder: 3
Scope and Contents Folder three contains correspondence from January 1861. The primary correspondence is to and from Jamison and include military application letters and reports on surveys, maintenance, and activity taking place within the forts of Charleston harbor. Some of these letters contain Confederate plans for attacking Fort Sumter, two of which propose poisoning the water and attacking directly by fortified raft. A highlight is a letter from Senator Henry M. Rice of Minnesota to South Carolina senator...
Dates: Majority of material found within 1861-01-01 - 1861-01-31
File — Box 1, Folder: 4
Scope and Contents Folder four contains documents and letters from February 1861 as Confederate South Carolinians prepared for an attack on Fort Sumter. The folder includes a letter from General Arthur Manigault South Carolina’s Ordnance Bureau urging that supplies be sent to the forts in Charleston harbor. Also included are numerous military reports related to the pending attack on Fort Sumter, placement of military regiments, and construction of forts and batteries. Other interesting contents from this...
Dates: Majority of material found within 1861-02-01 - 1861-02-28
File — Box 1, Folder: 5
Scope and Contents Folder five contains documents and correspondence from March 1861. Included is another letter concerning an enslaved man, Arthur or Thomas Lynch [see folders three and four]; a detailed letter to South Carolina’s governor Francis Pickens from Lucius Quinton Washington, a distant relative of George Washington, from Washington DC on the national political situation in the wake of President Abraham Lincoln’s inaugural speech and including strategy and intelligence on Fort Sumter and Pensacola...
Dates: 1861-03-01 - 1861-03-31
File — Box 1, Folder: 6
Scope and Contents Folder six contains documents and correspondence from April to December of 1861. Included in this folder are reports of the Provisional Army of the Confederate States after the attack on Fort Sumter assessing the fort’s damage and detailing the evacuation of the United States soldiers stationed there during the siege. Other important documents include a contract for enlisted members of a South Carolina militia company of German immigrants; David F. Jamison’s letter of resignation as South...
Dates: 1861-04-02 - 1861-12