MARCH 2, 1864.
FIRST NORTH CAROLINA COLORED INFANTRY.
This letter is from an article printed in the Boston Journal; March 2, 1864; pg. 2, col. 1.
It is made available here through the courtesy of Thomas Hayes (see below).
However, I am in possession of several documents provided by James G. Bogle, Jr of South Carolina, which show that Major Bogle survived the battle and actually died in Oakland, California on October 11, 1893, almost 30 years later. Bogle's full name on the Certificate of Death is listed as "Col. Archibald Bogle." His birthplace is listed as Scotland and the reason for his death is listed as "Alcoholic Cirrhosis of the Liver." Complications were listed as "Valoular Heart Disease. Kidneys became inactive toward the last and Dropsy resulting." Bogle was 53 years old when he died. It is easier to understand his alcoholism when you read his adventures after his capture. Bogle left a wife, Anna Conover—35 years old—whom he married on August 10, 1893.
Plus, records of the 35th U.S.C.T. show that Major Bogle rejoined the regiment in May 1865, after coming through the lines in March. And, he was brevetted to lieutenant colonel as of 18 March 1865.
But the story goes on... James Bogle sent me additional information on Archibald Bogle showing that the cause of death might not have been from "Alcoholic Cirrhosis of the Liver" after all. His widow submitted numerous papers to the Department of the Interior in 1924 to prove her claim to pension benefits after she was widowed for a second time. Some of these papers include statements by medical physicans who treated him later in life and before his death. One letter states that Archibald Bogle died from "malarial condition of the liver" and "bowels obstructed caused by a stricture from a gunshot wound, received in service in the Civil War." The doctor who claimed that Bogle died from "Alcoholic Cirrhosis of the Liver" also changed his statement to read "malarial poison and general dropsy" as the cause of his death. One wonders if the medical doctors took pity on Bogle's widow and reported that his death was service related so that she could obtain the pension.
Hayes stated, "I have filed, by date, a little over 3,300 letters. These are from the Soldiers, Sailors, Nurses, Correspondents and Politicans. This project started out as a simple endeavor to find that one letter from my Grandfather, Walter A. Hewes, who served in the 1st Mass. Infantry and 4th Mass. Cavalry. To date, no luck, but I have about 30 more papers to research."
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