Archive for June, 2013

In Search Of Lawtons & Basingers: Names of Members Of The 18th Ga. Battalion

June 10, 2013

These next several pages are faded, or perhaps the ink was faint all along, and the writing is very difficult for me to read.

Perhaps you’d like to have a go at it.






We’re almost at the end of all the papers for the William Starr Basinger file at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  Next will be a contract for a house to be built in Savannah on Liberty Street, then a few random newspaper clippings, and then.  We’re. through!  But only with the segment of his life.

In Search Of Lawtons & Basingers: William Starr Basinger Writes To His Mother, July 30, 1865

June 5, 2013

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                                New York, July 30, 1865

My dear Mother,

                Was released on Tuesday, & went over to Sandusky that

evening.  Stiles would not accept the terms, to my great regret.  On

Wednesday went to Niagara.  Spent Thursday at the Falls, & went that

evening to Lockport, where I spent the night at the house of the broth-

er-in-law of a fellow prisoner.  On Friday went to Albany, & thence on

Saturday by steamer hither.  Found Screven at this hotel, & got some of

his clothes to wear until tomorrow.  Went to hear Dr. Hawke this morn-

ing, & am now about to set out with Screven to take tea with Miss Mar

garet Hunter.  Tomorrow will buy some clothes etc, & sometime during the

week will start on my homeward course.  Screven sends his regards.  My

love to all.

                                Affly yours

                                Wm. S. Basinger



In Search Of Lawtons & Basingers: William Starr Basinger Writes To His Mother, July 25, 1865

June 4, 2013

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                Johnson’s Island, July 25, /65

My dear Mother –

                My sister’s letter of the 15th arrived

yesterday, with the check for $5 in time.  The order

for our release has come, & I leave here this

afternoon or to–morrow for N. York.  I wish you

had explained how the check was obtained,

for unless it was upon my own credit I shall

feel restraint in using it.  I will write you

from N.Y. as to my future movements, so you

had better not write again until you get

that letter.  Those of 15th from yourself & Uncle

C. have also come to hand, also, Eddie’s from

Ft. McHenry.  Say to Uncle C. I will be glad

if he will get up such information as he can

about (?), & the offers the Emperor is reported

to have made, so that I can be delayed as

little as possible after my return in making

up my mind as to my future course.  I hardly

feel as if I were regaining liberty upon leaving

this place.  It seems the last spot of the Confede-

racy.  Here freedom of thought & respect prevail,

& I feel as if I were leaving my country to go

on exile into the world.  But we’ll talk about

these things hereafter.  Love to all,

                                Affly – Wm. S. Basinger

P. S.  On second thought you will be safe in

writing me to Washington to Mrs. Smith’s.


In Search Of Lawtons & Basingers: William Starr Basinger Writes To His Mother, July 20, 1865

June 1, 2013





                                              Johnson’s Island

                                                                July 20, 1865

My dear Mother – My sister’s letter,

with $5, (has?) come.  Yours of 12th came

this morning.  I am glad you (say?) (no?)

thing to R or P or any such.  I feel pre-

cisely as you suppose.  And I prefer

you should not see old (Sippn?)  Indeed,

when I wrote that letter, I expected to

have more use for money than I will

have.  But, as I wrote you all the 16th,

I have from Canada the information we

wanted, & there is no longer a sufficient

motive for going there.  The rest of my

plan, however, I must carry out,& for

that I can procure (?) in N. Y.  I

have already, in a great measure, (?)

(?) for it.  I am glad, however, to

have Allen’s address; though I must

know something more about them before

resorting to them.  A Mr. Devill (of N. Y.)

has written to Col. Stockton, a fellow prisoner,

to let him know at once whether there

is such a person here as myself.  I do

not know him, or what he wants but

suppose he’ll write.  Col. S. was in (?)

(?) old regiment, & helped to bury his

remains.  Col. Clark, whom I mentioned

to you last winter, is also here.  I

have not suffered at all for want of

clothing, though my supply has been

scanty.  A clean shirt daily is a luxury

not to be thought of in a prison; es-

pecially as we do our own washing.

I had yesterday a letter from Mrs. Hays

to inform me she had sent me some

things I wrote to her for.  When I am

really in want, I’ll call on Mrs. Smith.

Mrs. H. told me of Guerard’s death.  Who

could have done so much for poor Geo?

I (?) it was (Dr. Dupose?).  That saves

me some delay in Baltimore.  I can’t

stop to see Mrs. Webb.  Mr. Devill

thinks we will be released by Aug. 1.

We have many statement of similar

tenor.  Heaven grant there may be

something in them!  This long delay is

a very “weariness of the flesh.”  Yet I

find nothing pleasant in the antici-

pation of a return.  Henceforth life has

little in it but more duties, divested of

all those sentiments which make du-

ties pleasant.  Can Jack D. & Pearson

receive letters?  Love to all.

                                Affly Yours

                                                Wm. S. Basinger