Nathaniel Wiley Harbin Civil War letter
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Nathaniel Wiley Harbin Civil War letter

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center. 130 West Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta, GA 30305. 404.814.4040.
Creator: Harbin, Nathaniel Wiley
Title: Nathaniel Wiley Harbin Civil War letter
Dates: 1861 July 30
Quantity: 1.0 Folder
Identification: ahc.MSS136f

Biographical/Historical Note

Nathaniel Wiley Harbin was born about 1841 to Caroline M. Reeder and Thomas W. Harbin in South Carolina. He joined Company E of the 4th Regiment of South Carolina Infantry as a sergeant, and was promoted to 3rd lieutenant on October 15, 1861. Harbin participated in the First Battle of Manassas (Bull Run). Harbin died during the Civil War. Additional biographical information about Nathaniel Wiley Harbin has not been determined.

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of a letter written by Nathaniel Wiley Harbin to his father about the First Battle of Manassas. Harbin gives an account of the battle, where he acted as a "skirmisher," and describes the rout of the Federal army and the supplies they abandoned during their retreat. Harbin includes a casualty list for his company and writes about the capture of Federal prisoners.

Index Terms

Bull Run, 1st Battle of, Va., 1861
Manassas, 1st Battle of, Va., 1861
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Battlefields
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Personal narratives, Confederate
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Prisoners and prisons

General Notes

America's Turning Point: Documenting the Civil War Experience in Georgia received support from a Digitizing Historical Records grant awarded to the Atlanta History Center, Georgia Historical Society, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, and the Digital Library of Georgia by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Nathaniel Wiley Harbin Civil War letter, MSS 136f, Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 1973

Description Control

This collection was re-processed in 2012.


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. All requests to publish, quote, or reproduce must be submitted through the Kenan Research Center.

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1Civil War letter, 1861 July 30 View online.