Monthly Archives: February 2012

18 February 1862: “For breakfast, schedule reads ‘biscuits’; for dinner ‘biscuits & salt beef’, for supper sometimes ‘biscuits’, oftenest ‘nothing with tea or coffee’.”

Item description: Letter, 18 February, 20 February, and 21 February 1862, from Charles Woodward Hutson to his mother. Hutson describes the availability of food in camp and details a skirmish near the Occoquan River in Virginia. [Transcription available below images.] … Continue reading

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17 February 1862: “…the State of North Carolina will, and doth hereby assume the payment of the tax known as the war tax, levied by the government of the Confederate States upon the people of North Carolina…”

Item description: This ordinance, passed by North Carolina’s Secession Convention, called on state government to “assume the payment of the tax known as the war tax, [which was] levied by the government of the Confederate States upon the people of … Continue reading

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16 February 1862: Events crowd rapidly upon us and every moment seems full of history—The enemy are pressing us at every point and the crisis is also hard. Fort Henry on the Tennessee River has fallen and the enemy steamed down to Florence in Alabama destroying the shipping as they went

Item description: Diary entry, 16 February 1862 , of David Schenck (1835-1902).  Entry discusses military events in Tennessee and plans for intervention by England and France. Item citation: From folder 4 (volume 3) of the David Schenck Papers #652, Southern … Continue reading

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15 February 1862: “WHEREAS, Robert K. Smith hath proposed to finish up the entire work of the Cape Fear and Deep River Improvement…”

Item description: In this report, a North Carolina Secession Convention committee recommends an ordinance calling for navigational improvements on the Cape Fear and Deep Rivers. The work would be overseen by Robert K. Smith, and, if completed, would provide better … Continue reading

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14 February 1862: It seems that on Monday the enemy got possession of Elizabeth City. Henningsen was there & retreated – When last heard from he was at Newby’s Bridge & probably escaped to Suffolk or some point on the Rail Road to Norfolk.

Item description: Entry, 14 February 1862, from the diary of Thomas Bragg (Attorney General of the Confederate States of America, 1861-1863), written in Richmond, Va. Bragg comments on the capture of Elizabeth City, military affairs, diplomacy, and the burden felt … Continue reading

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13 February 1862: “Mr Johnson had a number of fine rose cuttings from his garden and left them on route…”

Item description: In this note, displaced Southerner L.A. Johnson writes to her friend Octavia Wyche. Mrs. Johnson appears to have fled from her home to a safer location, at which her husband had been trying to meet her, but had … Continue reading

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12 February 1862: “I deem it best to send my negro man and boys out of the reach of the invading foe.”

Item description: Letter dated 12 February 1862, from William S. Pettigrew at Scuppernong, N.C., to Richard or William Smith, Esquires, in Scotland Neck, N.C. Pettigrew wrote that he was removing his slaves inland in the company of a neighbor, Malachi … Continue reading

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11 February 1862: Introducing Stephen Tippet Andrews and Margaret “Maggie” Little

About Stephen Tippet Andrews: Stephen Tippet Andrews enlisted in the 85th New York Infantry Regiment on 26 August 1861. He helped organize Company F, and was mustered in as first sergeant of the company in the second half of 1861. … Continue reading

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10 February 1862: “An Ordinance Granting Bounty To Certain North-Carolina Volunteers”

Item description: This ordinance, passed by North Carolina’s Secession Convention, called on state government to pay those volunteer soldiers to whom bounty pay was due–regardless of how they entered military service. [Continue reading ordinances passed by this Convention] Item citation: … Continue reading

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9 February 1862: “…they are steady and prudent not partaking of the vices so common in camp – George told me he had been often begged to play cards – he told them he did not know how and never intended to know…”

Item description: Letter, 9 February 1862, from Frances Goggin Parker to her son Robert W. Parker, a soldier in the 2nd Virginia Cavalry. [Transcription available below images.] Item citation: From volume 2 in the Robert W. Parker Papers, Southern Historical … Continue reading

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