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Roderick and James Shaw served in the Confederate Army during the Civil War. Roderick Gospero Shaw enlisted in Company G of the First Florida Infantry (the Young Guards) and was later made a lieutenant in the Fourth Florida Infantry. Roderick's brother, James Kirkpatrick Shaw, was a soldier in the First Georgia Infantry and later the Fifth Florida Cavalry Battalion.
This collection contains 14 Civil War letters of Roderick Gospero Shaw and James Kirkpatrick Shaw, which were written primarily to Mrs. Jesse Shaw Smith of Quincy, Florida, sister of the soldiers. One letter and a notated clipping are addressed to the soldier's uncle, Mr. Thomas R. Smith. The correspondence begins with the service of Roderick Shaw around Pensacola in 1861. Included is information on military activities and family matters. Shaw describes the Confederate attack on Santa Rosa Island in October, 1861; the Battle of Murfreesboro (Stones River), Tennessee in December, 1862 to January, 1863; the Battle of Chickamauga in September, 1863; and the Atlanta Campaign in 1864. The last letter in the collection is an unfinished one written by Roderick Shaw on May 27, 1864 on the eve of his death in battle. An undated newspaper clipping includes a letter by Washington M. Ives of the Fourth Florida, describing Shaw's death, and his premonition of death the night before. Also in the collection is a letter from A. M. Harris to T. R. Smith, detailing the death and burial of Roderick Shaw.
The single letter from James Kirkpatrick Shaw is dated December 19, 1861 from Winchester (Virginia?), and describes military affairs in the region and camp news concerning his regiment.
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Confederate States of America. Army. --Florida Infantry Regiment, 1st. Confederate States of America. Army. --Georgia Infantry Regiment, 1st. Confederate States of America. Army. --Florida Cavalry Battalion, 5th. Confederate States of America. Army. --Florida Infantry Regiment, 4th.
Chickamauga (Ga.), Battle of, 1863. Murfreesboro, Battle of, 1862-1863. Atlanta Campaign, 1864.
Florida History Civil War, 1861-1865 United States History Civil War, 1861-1865 Pensacola (Fla.) Santa Rosa Island (Fla.)
Shaw, James Kirkpatrick.
Ives, Washington, 1843-1925