Monthly Archives: August 2011

21 August 1861: “I therefore call upon you to come forward with your gifts, and lay them bountifully upon the altar of your country.”

Item description: This newpaper ad appeals to the ladies of Orange County, North Carolina, to provide socks and blankets for the soldiers. Among the gentlemen designated to receive articles for the solders is John W. Carr, proprietor of a store on the … Continue reading

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20 August 1861:”The articles brought were my new hat…two beautiful palmetto cockades, a letter from Marion, a false lemon made of wax, sent me by that wicked little elf, the coquettish Miss Minnie, & a very saucy letter from the same unreverential source.”

Item description: This is a letter from 10 August 1861, from Charles Woodward Hutson to his sister, discussing life in camp as part of the Hampton’s Legion South Carolina Infantry. Charles Woodward Hutson (1840-1936) grew up on plantations in Beaufort District, … Continue reading

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19 August 1861: “If we are to winter near the Potomac, I think I will certainly need flannel drawers, but not until the winter-season fairly sets in.”

Item description: In this letter of 19 August 1861 to his family, Charles Woodward Hutson comments on the large number of cases of typhoid fever and other ailments plaguing his fellow soldiers, noting, “too many suffer from a disease still … Continue reading

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18 August 1861: “Our Captain is sick our 1st Lut., acting Agt. Gen., our 2nd sick so we are commanded by the 3rd Lut. who is very young and inexperienced so if we were to have a fight soon we would be in a bad fix.”

Item description: In this letter, dated 18 August 1861, James Keen Munnerlyn describes the poor condition of his company, particularly the poor health of the officers, “Our Captain is sick our 1st Liet., acting Agt. Gen., our 2nd sick so … Continue reading

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17 August 1861: “I go to school to Miss Margaret Mitchel and like her very much indeed. I am studying.”

Item description:  Letter of 17 August 1861 from Susie Mallett, in Chapel Hill, N.C., to her father Peter Mallett, a Confederate captain with Company C of the 3rd Infantry Regiment (North Carolina). It appears that Susie Mallett was staying with … Continue reading

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16 August 1861: “At the suggestion of Genl. Longstreet I enclose herewith a cypher found on the battle field of the 21st.”

Item description: Letter, 16 August 1861, from William Mumford, Lt. Col., 17th Regiment, to Edward Porter Alexander, enclosing a captured “cypher” letter. According to Mumford, the letter was found on the battlefield at First Bull Run (First Manassas), the author … Continue reading

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15 August 1861: “Gen Magruder…carried about 7 or 8 thousand soldiers the other day from this place…down to Hampton and burned the entire place…”

Item Description: This letter, dated 15 August 1861, is from Francis W. Bird in Yorktown, Virginia to his sister, discussing sickness in his camp as well as the burning of Hampton, Va. Bird enlisted in the Confederate Army on 1 … Continue reading

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14 August 1861: “There are only three boys in the Senior class, four in the Junior, four in the Sophomore and eleven in the Freshman’s class.”

Item description:  Prior to enrolling in the University of North Carolina, John Steele Henderson attended a preparatory school near Melville, N.C. The school was run by Dr. Alexander Wilson. In this letter home to his mother, dated 14 August 1861, … Continue reading

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13 August 1861: “The Canadian Press generally…should abolish the use of the insulting misnomer ‘rebels.’”

Item description: A reprinted editorial from the Toronto Leader (22 July 1861) as found in the Wilmington Daily Journal of 13 August 1861. In it, the editors claim that the Canadian press should refrain from using the term “rebel” when … Continue reading

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12 August 1861: “Nearly three hundred of our men are under the Surgeon’s charge. Most of these are down with the measles.”

Item description: Still convalescing after being wounded at the Battle of First Bull Run (First Manassas), Charles Woodward Hutson writes this letter to his sister to update her on the progress of his recovery and the general health of his … Continue reading

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