Campbell (W. B.) Papers, 1861-1863, 4 Items
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Cite As:W. B. Campbell Papers, 1861-1863, Pearce Civil War Collection, Navarro College, Corsicana, Texas
Forms Part of: Pearce Civil War Collection
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Accession Number: 2004.474
Processed by: Rosalie Meier, November 2005
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Abstract: In three letters written to his Aunt Wood in Montgomery County, Texas, W. B. Campbell tells of life in the army including a description of his experience at the battle of Antietam. Included in the collection is one postal cover addressed to Mrs. E. A Wood.
Known as “Bose,” W. B. Campbell was born in Alabama ca. 1834, son of William Archibald Campbell and Elizabeth A. Barnes. He was orphaned as a young boy and was sent to live with his brother, Duncan G. Campbell in Huntsville, Walker County, Texas. Campbell served in Company D of the 5th Texas Infantry, known as Hoods Texas Brigade from 1861 until he was paroled in May 1865 at the end of the war. In December, 1863 he was captured at Knoxville, Tennessee and spent the remainder of the war at Rock Island Prison in Illinois. According to family information Campbell never married and died sometime during the 1880’s.
Scope and Content Note
In a letter written from Richmond dated September 20, 1861, Campbell expresses feelings of homesickness writing, "A trip of this sort is the best school to learn one to appreciate the love of friends and comforts of home." He also indicates he is tired of marching when he says "I was never made for walking. I have become so perfectly disgusted with it that if I ever get home horse flesh will be bound to suffer." Campbell has visited the city and found the women to be "the ugliest set of ladies I ever saw."