August 30, 1863

Office Prov. Marshal, Hilton Head, S.C.

Dear Mally: …

I am still on duty here as Provost Marshal far from the glories and dangers of the siege of Charleston.  Our regt was not [illeg. word] to go, there were so many vacancies in it.   Only one field officer for duty, the Col. being under arrest.  It was a great disappointment for us not to be allowed to participate in the only important service that has been or will be in the history of this Department. …

I have three companies here numbering about 270 men, and about the same number of prisoners of all sorts.

It is quite healthy here considering the latitude and everything, and if the yellow fever does not visit us we shall not lose many men.  Company “I” has lost but one man by disease since last fall, nearly a year ago.  I take some pride in stating this as I believe it is in part owing to the rigid enforcement of cleanly habits, attention to their kitchens, &c., &c. …

William McArthur to his brother, Malcolm McArthur [McArthur Family Papers]

August 29, 1863


My Dr Sir

Your favor of the 15th is before me – I am much obliged for the copies of orders [illegible]. I suppose you have had sent you some 200 conscripts, which will prevent your being relieved from service as you requested – your Regt being in the first Army Corps is the first to be recruited with conscripts – hope you will be able to get get at least an other 200, which I think you will – altho the draft will not give to exceed 315,4000 conscripts – In the mean time remain.

Governor of Maine, Abner Coburn to A. B. Farnham [Augustus Bowman Farnham Papers]

August 25, 1863

A DARING ATTEMPT AT ROBBERY—A bold attempt of burglars to plunder the millinery rooms of Mr. James Coverly, on the second floor of No. 139 Tremont street, at the corner of Winter Street, was frustrated last evening, although the proprietor had a narrow escape for his life.  Mr. Coverly, who had just returned from an absence from the city, was sitting at his desk about eight o’clock, after the place had been closed for the day, when he was suddenly startled by the appearance of a young burglar who had descended through a skylight, or glass window at the back.  Mr. Coverly challenged him and demanded his business, but the young desperado only drew a pistol, and warned him away, at the same time advancing towards the door.  Mr. Coverly was not intimidated but followed him up, when the young rascal made his retreat through the door, firing at Mr. Coverly, at the moment of closing it.  Mr. Coverly received the ball in his right cheek, and although stunned for an instant, pursued the burglar who took to his heels down the stairs.  The street was, of course, at that time in the evening well filled with people, who were warned of the trouble by the outcry raised.  The young fellow was tripped up before he got across the street, and secured, as we are informed, by Mr. F. A. Shaw.  Mr. Coverly took charge of his burglar and conducted him in triumph to the station house, where he was secured for the night.  The prisoner, who seems unusually sly and crafty, gave his name as Daniel Delany and his age as fifteen years.  He states that he came from Portland last week, but it is much more probable that he is a professional housebreaker from New York.  It is thought that he had an accomplice with him, although he, himself, denies it.  No burglar’s instruments were found, except a doubled rope, knotted to serve as a ladder.  Mr. Coverly’s wound, although likely to prove troublesome, is not, it is hoped, of a serious nature.  We are informed by the police that an early hour in the evening is considered the best for breaking into a store, since at that time a man with a bag of plunder has little risk of being stopped by the police.

“Local Matters,” Boston Daily Advertiser, August 25, 1863, front page [Historic Newspaper Collection] 

August 24, 1863


Dear Hubbard,

I shall be in Augusta on the 2nd Sunday in Sept. (the 13th) and would like to know if you will be at home at that time. I shall arrive in A. on Saturday and shall leave on Monday following. If there is an opportunity of my seeing you I wish to improve it – I intend to leave here next week and if you expect to be in H. at the time […] I should be glad if you wd. inform me soon.

William T. Stowe to Thomas Hubbard [Hubbard Family Papers]

August 23, 1863

No change of camp.  Am very tired of staying in camp so long.  Have not had a fight for over 1 ½ months.  Hope it will not be long ere we have another one.  Am in need of a great many articles which only the Yanks can furnish at the present time.  Want to get new horses & harness for guns & clothing for myself.  Rec’d 2 letters from home July 1st & 20th.

Diary of A.M. Riddle [Civil War Miscellany]

August 22, 1863

Rikers Island


I have the honor to address you to request a favor for myself if the granting of it is found consistent with your opinion on the subject. My request is if you think my past services and present capability entitle me to hold the rank of Brig. Genl of Vols. that you recommend me for that promotion. […]

Col. Charles Coster to Oliver Otis Howard [Oliver Otis Howard Papers]