Lowd (Sedley) Papers, 1864, 1 Item

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Cite As:Sedley Lowd Letter, 1864, Pearce Civil War Collection, Navarro College, Corsicana, Texas

Forms Part of: Pearce Civil War Collection

Location: 1-E1-c

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Accession Number: 2005.054

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Abstract: One letter, (December 28, 1864; 3 pages) written by William Lowd to Colonel Long, concerning Lowd's son Sedley. "Having heard my son Sedley A Lowd was arrested for desertion I have endeavored to ascertain the fact of the case." On October 14, 1864, Sedley was mustered into the 1st New Hampshire Heavy Artillery against his will. He was considered a deserter on October 18, and was apprehended on December 24, 1864. In this letter, William Lowd asserts that his son was deceived by a Mr. Eastman and did not desert.

Biographical/Historical Sketch

Sedley Lowd was born on April 21, 1841 in Portsmouth, to William and Martha Lowd. He mustered into 2nd New Hampshire Infantry, Company K, on June 8, 1861. He was listed as a deserter on April 18, 1863 and returned to Company K on September 2, 1863. He was mustered out on June 21, 1864. Lowd was mustered into the 1st New Hampshire Heavy Artillery, Company L, on October 14, 1864. He was listed as a deserter on October 18 and was apprehended on December 24, 1864. On June 10, 1865 he was transferred from Company L to Company A. Lowd was discharged on September 9, 1865. After the war he married Julia M., and records show that by 1900 they had one son, William, age 14.

Scope and Content Note

In this letter (December 28, 1864; 3 pages) to Colonel Charles H. Long, William Lowd pleads his son Sedley's case. Sedley had been arrested four days earlier for desertion. "The fifth ward of Manchester, wanting one man to make out its quota, and one Eastman who was enlisting men for that place offered this young man 900, dollars if he would enlist and agreed to pay the money when he was mustered in at Concord, but previous to going to Concord he dreged him with liquor, had the papers made out, and signed, and sent him to Concord, where he received but 500, dollars, And found he was regularly mustered into the service and deceived, But says he has no recolection of signing papers or taking the oath, He came back to Portsmouth two days afterwards and has been here ever since." It is unknown how successful William Lowd was in pleading his son's case, but Sedley did remain in the 1st New Hampshire Heavy Artillery until September 5, 1865, when he was discharged.


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