Monthly Archives: March 2012

21 March 1862: You wrote to me to know if I wanted any thing to write for it I do not want any thing but a pair of shoes

Item Description:  Letter of 21 March 1862, from Richard Godwin Joyner to his mother, Julia Joyner.  This brief and slight letter home is meant to reassure his family that all was well and to request a better pair of shoes. … Continue reading

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20 March 1862: “The sunshine of secesion never sets in my soul: and, I hope, our country will be purified by the firery furnice we are passing through.”

Item description: Julius Alexander Robbins (1832-1864) was a Confederate soldier from Randolph County, N.C and Selma, Alabama. This letter was written by Julius Alexander Robbins to his cousin while serving on the Virginia Peninsula in 1862. The letter gives an account … Continue reading

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19 March 1862: i take my pensil in hand to let you no that i am well at present I wood be glad to see you all though I am satsfide hear

Item Description: Letter dated 19 March 1862, from John A. Reeves to his father, A J Reeves, and mother, Elizabeth Reeves.  The letter discusses life in the army with mention of food, the election of officers, sickness, and drilling near … Continue reading

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18 March 1862: “I stuck to it til a vile ball struck me on my brest plate the brest plate glanced the ball away it gave me quite a clip but did not hirt me…”

Item description: Letter, 18 March 1862, from Jeremiah Stetson, from New Bern, N.C., to his wife Abbie F. “Happy” Stetson, in Hanson, Massachusetts. Jeremiah Stetson was born in Pembroke, Mass., on 27 June 1810. At the outbreak of the Civil … Continue reading

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17 March 1862: “I had heared of his death before your last letter reached me, and have written since, but Celestia when I saw the curly lock of hair, I had to weep again…”

Item description: In a 9 March 1862 letter that we recently featured, Union soldier Emmett Cole wrote to his sister Celestia that he had just learned from a mutual acquaintance that Emmett and Celestia’s younger brother Edgar, who was too … Continue reading

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16 March 1862: Federal gunboat and mortar boat attack on Island No 10. between Columbus and New Madrid

Item Description: page 178 from an unidentified source (probably Famous Leaders and Battle Scenes of the Civil War, published in 1896). Page contains two illustrations: “Transfer of the released federal prisoners from the steamer ‘Pilot Boy’ to the ‘Cossack,’ in … Continue reading

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15 March 1862: “We hear daily from Genl Beauregard who is anxious for reinforcements from this army to assist him…”

Item description: Letter, 15 March 1862, from Jeremy Francis Gilmer to his wife Louisa Fredericka Alexander Gilmer. In this letter, Jeremy Gilmer writes to his wife about the difficulties with the weather and his living quarters in Alabama, as well as … Continue reading

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14 March 1862: “Battle of Fort Thompson NC March 14, 1862″

Item description: Pictorial envelope depicting military action at Fort Thompson, located along the Neuse River, during the Battle of New Bern (North Carolina). Item citation: “Battle of Fort Thompson NC March 14, 1862,” [Envelopes]. [S.l. : s.n., 186-?-18–?] VCC970.7 C58, … Continue reading

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13 March 1862: Sketch showing the route to Newbern, pursued by the Burnside Expedition, March 13, & 14, 1862

Item description: This map is included with Major General J. G. Foster’s report to the Joint Committee on The Conduct of the War, a Congressional oversight committee set up in 1861. Although Foster’s report was published in 1866, the map … Continue reading

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12 March 1862: “A proud consciousness of having performed our duty in these days of trouble & difficulty must be our reliance, popular favor or condemnation amounts to nothing, never give up!”

Item description: In this letter, dated 12 March 1862, Jeremy Francis Gilmer wrote to his wife, Louisa Fredericka Alexander Gilmer, to catch her up on war news. He described probable Confederate and Union troop movements on the Tennessee River and … Continue reading

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