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  • Identified Confederate Saddle Bags Belonging to Captain George Gilliam, 52nd North Carolina

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    Identified Confederate Saddle Bags Belonging to Captain George Gilliam, 52nd North Carolina - Wounded and captured at Gettysburg.  With old type written provenience tag.  Tag reads as follows:

     "Saddlebags belonging to Captain George / Gilliam, who served in the late conflict /with Company C. of the 52nd North Carolina / Regiment and the Army of the Northern Vir-ginia / in General A.P. Hills Corps. / They have been kindly donated to the museum / by Capt. Gilliams daughter Elvis of Halifax / North Carolina." 

    George Gilliam -

    Residence Northampton County NC; a 27 year-old Merchant.

    Enlisted on 2/27/1862 at Chowan County, NC as a 1st Lieutenant.

    On 4/28/1862 he was commissioned into "C" Co. NC 52nd Infantry

    (Date and method of discharge not given)

    He was listed as:

    * Hospitalized 7/3/1863 Gettysburg, PA

    * POW 7/3/1863 Gettysburg, PA

    * Wounded 7/3/1863 Gettysburg, PA

    * Transferred 7/20/1863 David's Island, NY Harbor

    * Transferred 9/18/1863 Johnson's Island, OH

    * Paroled 3/14/1865 Johnson's Island, OH

    * Exchanged 3/22/1865 Cox's Landing, James River, VA


    * Capt 4/1/1863

    Other Information:

    Born in Gates County, NC

    52nd NC Infantry

    Organized: on 4/22/62

    Mustered Out: 4/9/65

    The 52nd North Carolina Infantry was formed in 1862. Originally they where part of the Dept. of North Carolina. They where transferred to the Army of Northern Virginia just before Gen. Lee's Northern Invasion into Pennsylvania. They where assigned to Brig. Gen. J.J.Pettigrew's Brigade, Heth's Division, Hill's Corps. Pettigrew's Brigade was heavily engaged July 1st at Gettysburg against the Union I Corps. After heavy fighting and casualties, they helped forced the Union I Corps to retreat thru the streets of Gettysburg to Cemetery Hill. Pettigrew's Brigade suffered very heavy losses the first day and where held in reserve July 2nd at Gettysburg. On July 3rd, Gen. Pettigrew assumed command of Gen. Heth's division due to Gen. Heth's head wound received July 1st. The 52nd N.C., along with Gen. Pettigrew's entire division, where temporarily transferred to Lt. Gen. James Longstreet's command and where assigned the left wing position of the Pickett-Pettigrew-Trimble Charge at the Union center on Cemetery Hill. Suffering major casualties they where forced to retreat. They where assigned the rear guard of the Army of Northern Virginia during Gen. Lee's retreat back to Virginia. Brig. Gen. Pettigrew was mortally wounded during the retreat when fighting near Falling Waters, Maryland. The 52nd continued fighting at battles such as Bristoe, Wilderness, Battle of the Crater, Petersburg, and others for the remainder of the war and surrendered at Appomattox along with the rest of the Army of Northern Virginia in 1865. The unit surrendered 60 men and 6 officers.

    Inventory Number: CON 034