R. P. Crawford, in camp near Wilmington, North Carolina, Michels [Mitchells]
Sound, to his cousin, Wm. Eastis [also, Estes, Estice], September 29, 1861.
Crawford writes of the regiment’s encampment near the sea coast, his
health, camp conditions, new uniforms and guns that have been issued, ships
in the Union
fleet, and the position of Union troops.
Robert P. Crawford of Jackson County, North Carolina, enlisted in May, 1861,
and was assigned to the North Carolina 25th Infantry Regiment, Company B (North
Carolina Troops, vol. 7, p. 372).
Thomas Lanier Clingman was made a colonel in the 25th Regiment in August, 1861
(North Carolina Troops, vol. 7, p. 354). Thaddeus Dillard Bryson of
Jackson County, North Carolina, was a captain in Company B after May, 1861 (North
Carolina Troops, vol. 7, p. 368). Also, as mentioned in Crawford’s
letter, the soldiers were issued uniforms and firearms in September, 1861 (North
Carolina Troops, vol. 7, p. 350).