||Soldiers DUE 10 Type Q with the Richmond, Va
CDS Powell Type 4a 20 JAN 1863. Blue paper folded letter complete
addressed to J. S. Claywell Esq, Morganton, Burke Co., North Carolina.
Endorsed at upper left "Saml McD Tate, Major 6th NC." One page letter entirely in the hand of and signed by Major Tate datelined "Camp near Fredericksburg Jany 17, 1863.
The letter mentions entering an engagement on the 13th of December
(Battle of Fredericksburg) which delayed the response and further deals
with quartermaster issues. Samuel McDowell Tate (1830-1897) entered
service as the Captain of Co D 6th NC Inf and
promoted Major 6/11/1862. He was wounded three times during the war
(Sharpsburg 9/17/1862, Cedar Creek 10/19/1864, Fort Stedman 3/25/1865)
and was paroled at Morganton 5/16/1865. At Gettysburg, he was promoted
Lt Col and led his regiment in an attack on Cemetery Hill and in the
battle on Seminary Ridge 7/2/1863 when the regiment's commander, Col
Isaac Erwin Avery, was killed. He commanded the regiment to the
end of the war. After the war, Lt Col Tate was a railroad president and
served the State of North Carolina in many capacities until his death
in 1897. He is revered as a North Carolina hero of Gettysburg. Very
Fine cover and an excellent letter.