Monthly Archives: January 2012

21 January 1862: “Cameron has resigned as Secretary of War after having through his friends fleeced the Government…”

Item Description:  In this diary entry, Rev. Overton Bernard discusses the resignation of Union Secretary of War, Simon Cameron, as well as damage to Burnside’s Fleet. Item Citation: From folder 2 of the Overton and Jesse Bernard Diaries #62-z,  Southern Historical Collection, Wilson … Continue reading

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20 January 1862: “It is desirable that Constitutions, based on sound republican principles, should be as seldom subjected as possible to general revisions and changes…”

Item description: Signed by William Woods Holden and Ervin A. Thompson, this report explains their dissenting views concerning new modes of amending North Carolina’s constitution, which were proposed by the state’s Secession Convention. They argue against extraneous calls for and … Continue reading

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19 January 1862: “Except that I know what a comfort it is to Mama to have me at home…”

Item description: Letter, 19 January 1862, from Mary Pendleton to her father, William Nelson Pendleton. In the letter, Mary writes to ask her father’s advice on a difficult decision. It is believed that she has been asked to go to … Continue reading

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18 January 1862: “thare is some boys knows how to handle a gun yet on that soil…”

Item description: Letter, 18 January 1862, from Malachi J. White to William S. Pettigrew. Throughout 1861 and 1862, William S. Pettigrew was in Raleigh, serving as Washington County’s representative to the North Carolina Secession Convention. During his absence from his … Continue reading

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17 January 1862: Upon the whole the President was much irritated and declared if such was to be the course of the States towards the Gov’t the carrying on the war was an impossibility – that we had better make terms as soon as we could, and those of us who had halters around our necks had better get out of the Country as speedily as possible – I have not seen him so gloomy – I wish he was a dictator.

Item description: Entry, 17 January 1862, from the diary of Thomas Bragg (Attorney General of the Confederate States of America, 1861-1863), written in Richmond, Va. Bragg comments on political gossip, pending legislation, the growing tension between the Confederate Government and … Continue reading

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16 January 1862: “All is quiet.—We feel anxious about Roanoke Island.”

Item Description: editorial from The Daily Journal (Wilmington, N. C.), 16 January 1862, page 2 column 1.  “The ships that left Norfolk” are those of the Burnside Expedition. Transcription: THE DAILY JOURNAL. CONFEDERATE STATES OF AMERICA. WILMINGTON, N. C., THURSDAY, … Continue reading

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15 January 1862: “Death of Colonel J. W. Allen, Surgeon Weller and the Second Mate of the Ann E. Thompson, January 15, 1862.”

Item Description: Illustration “Death of Colonel J. W. Allen, Surgeon Weller and the Second Mate of the Ann E. Thompson, January 15, 1862.”  Illustration from unknown source, but first published as part of the article “Tragic Incidents of the Burnside … Continue reading

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14 January 1862: “If active operations are under taken in the spring, an Ammunition train of three times the present size (55 wagons) will be necessary…”

Item description: Letter, 14 January 1862, from Edward Porter Alexander to Gen. P.G.T. Beauregard. Alexander reports on “deficiencies and defects in the Engineer and Ordnance Departments” of the Army of the Potomac (CSA). [Transcription available below images.] Item citation: From … Continue reading

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13 January 1862: “Wreck of the City of New York”

Item Description: “The Wreck of the ‘City of New York,’ of the Burnside Expedition, off Hatteras Inlet.” Harper’s Weekly, February 15, 1862, pages 104-105. (Scan made from 4″x5″ copy color transparency.) A powerful northeaster storm struck the mid-Atlantic coast between … Continue reading

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12 January 1862: “If there is an honorable road to get home, I shall spare no effort to find it as speedily as possible.”

Item description: Letter from Elisha Franklin Paxton to his wife, Elizabeth, dated 12 January 1862. Paxton is frustrated at being denied a furlough while other officers of equal rank have been receiving them. He informs his wife that he is … Continue reading

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