Monthly Archives: September 2011

20 September 1861: “We spend many of our leisure hours in fishing, which at this place is not an uninteresting business you may suppose.”

Item description: Letter, 20 September 1861, from William H. Proffitt, Company B, 1st Regiment N.C. State Troops, about fortifications at Aquia, Virginia. Item citation: From folder 1 of the Proffit Family Letters, #3408-z, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University … Continue reading

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19 September 1861: Confederate Deserter Coming into the Federal Lines at Munson’s Hill

Item description: page 411, with two Illustrations, from The Illustrated London News, October 19, 1861: “Fort Ocracoke, on Beacon Island, North Carolina, Destroyed by Fire on the 17th ult., by the Federalists.” “A Confederate Deserter Coming into the Federal Lines … Continue reading

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18 September 1861: “Be it ordained, That no person shall discharge or shoot a gun, pistol or fire arms of any description, within the limits of the town”

Item description: Ordinance for the town of Hillsborough (as published in the 18 September 1861 issue of the Hillsborough Recorder) concerning the discharge of firearms within town limits. Item citation: “Town Ordinance,” Hillsborough Recorder,” 18 September 1861. Hillsborough, N.C.: Dennis … Continue reading

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17 September 1861: Destruction of Fort Ocracoke on Beacon Island, at the entrance of Pamlico Sound

Item description: “Destruction of Fort Ocracoke on Beacon Island, at the entrance of Pamlico Sound, Sept. 17, 1861, by an expedition under command of Lieut. Eastman, of the ‘Pawnee’.” As published in The New York Illustrated News, October 7, 1861, … Continue reading

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16 September 1861: “Intercepted an American schooner with released prisoners on board from Hatteras Inlet. She was boarded by the U.S.S. Union…”

Item description: General report of Flag-Officer S. H. Stringham, U. S. Navy, commanding Atlantic Blockading Squadron, transmitting reports of vessels boarded and captured by the U. S. ships Dale and St. Lawrence. To read more from the Official Records of … Continue reading

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15 September 1861: “I fear the result of the action of the K.Y. Leg. [Legislature] has damaged us very much, and that Tennessee now as a border state, will suffer severly, although the Confederate Army may & I believe will succeed in the end…”

Item Description: Letter,  A. Gardner to William S. Pettigrew, 15 September 1861. [Transcription available below images]   Item citation: From folder 246 in the Pettigrew Family Papers (#592), Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. … Continue reading

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14 September 1861: “General view of Forts Hatteras and Clark, North Carolina, captured on the 29th of August, 1861″

Item description: Dare County, Hatteras Island, N.C. “General view of Forts Hatteras and Clark, North Carolina, captured on the 29th of August, 1861, by the United States naval and military forces under the command of Commodore Stringham and Major-General Butler.” … Continue reading

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13 September 1861: “The General commanding the Brigade is thus stringent not that he is unwilling to grant every proper indulgence, but for the interest of the service and in justice to those officers and men who will not leave the command without authority duly obtained.”

Item description: General Order No. 25, dated 13 September 1861, regarding improper leaves of absence from the area of military command. [Item transcription available below images.] Item citation: From folder 18 of the Boykin Family Papers (#78), Southern Historical Collection, The … Continue reading

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12 September 1861: “The Commanding General has great satisfaction in making known the excellent conduct of Colonel J.E. Stewart, and of the officers, and men of his command, in the affair of Lewinsville…”

Item description: General Order No. 19, Laudatory of Col Stewart’s affair at Lewinsville, 12 September 1861 The Boykin family of Camden, S.C., included Alexander Hamilton Boykin (1815-1866), cotton planter, state legislator, and Confederate officer. During the Civil War, Hamilton Boykin … Continue reading

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11 September 1861: “I do not think you can understand the peculiar horror with which we seeing death in its more sudden forms & hearing of it almost daily & coming to regard it as natural here, are affected when we are told that the place of some dear one in the quiet scenes of our home life is vacant forever.”

Item description: Letter, 11 September 1861, from Charles Woodward Hutson to his mother. [Transcription available after images.] Item citation: From folder 3 of the Charles Woodward Hutson Papers, #362, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at … Continue reading

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