COMMENTING ON THE CHARACTERISTICS OF "aristocrats" and poor folks in New Bern, North Carolina, along with some general comments about the land and agriculture in the area, in an autograph letter, signed June 7, 1862, to his father in Allentown, Pennsylvania.

Newbern [sic], NC: 1862. 8vo. Five pages, approximately 400 words, in part: "The Aristocrat walks very erect, very seldom converses upon any subject and as a general thing turns up his nose in defiance of a Federal Soldier, but keeps docile thinking no doubt discretion the better part of valor. They dress in varieties of homespun and create a fantastic appearance, they live in poorly erected buildings that have neither witnessed lime nor paint for a century, but as a general thing splendidly furnished ... they are a valorous people but deficient in pride. The poorer class display remarkable qualities of lamentable ignorance, they are eager to converse [and are] poorly educated ... this class is principally engaged in fishing they not having gifted sense enough to learn a trade. The land here is in my opinion completely wore out, it is poorly manured ... there is no lime put on it as that is a scarce article ... there are no cellars to their houses ... the buildings are generally raised a few feet from the ground by placing a few bricks under each corner. Crops raised here are of the poorest sort, cotton in particular." Clifton, born in Allentown, Pennsylvania, served as an enlisted soldier in the 51st Pennsylvania Volunteers, participating in the capture of New Bern in March, 1862, and other unit campaigns as a part of the Army of the Potomac in Virginia; he died in Easton, Pennsylvania. Ink faded in a few places, but the text is quite legible and provides an interesting description of New Bern and its inhabitants, from the perspective of an enlisted garrisoned Union soldier. Folded as for mailing. (10795). Item #64415

Price: $275.00

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