Monthly Archives: April 2012

30 April 1862: “I hear that hot water pipes are arranged so as to scald the assailants when they may dare to set foot on her.”

Item description: Letter, dated 30 April 1862, from Assistant Inspector of Ordnance H.A. Wise, U.S. Navy, to Lieutenant O.C. Badger, responding to Badger’s suggestions regarding the use of “liquid fire.” Item citation: Official records of the Union and Confederate Navies … Continue reading

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29 April 1862: “COMMITTED TO THE JAIL OF LINCOLN County, on the 18th instant, a Negro Boy named JIM…”

Item description: Advertisement, dated 29 April 1862 (as published in the Raleigh Register on 3 May 1862) regarding a slave boy named Jim who has been jailed in Lincoln County, N.C. Item citation: Raleigh Register, 3 May 1862. Raleigh, N.C.: … Continue reading

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28 April 1862: “…it was going the rounds, that we were toasting the Federals, and had them for regular beaux.”

Item description: Entry, dated 28 April 1862, from the diary of Cora Alice Ready. More about Cora Alice Ready: Cora Alice Ready (1842-1890) was born and grew up in Tennessee.  Although her family lived in Murfreesboro, Tenn., Cora Alice, who … Continue reading

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27 April 1862: “Fear of conscription threatens great injury here unless immediately allayed and I therefore urge prompt and earnest attention to the subject.”

Item Description: Letter of 27 April 1862 from David Swain to Charles Manly.  In this letter, President David Swain writes to Governor Manly concerning recent conscription legislation and the negative impact that the law will have on the University of … Continue reading

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26 April 1862: “…it always seemed to me that I was not destined to die here.”

Item description: Letter, 26 April 1862, from Union soldier Stephen Tippet Andrews to his beloved, Margaret (Maggie) Little. For an introduction to the correspondence between Andrews and Little, please see our post of 11 February 1862. [Transcription available below images.] … Continue reading

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25 April 1862: “tell him to write often for I really think three letters a year is but few he has ten times the chance to write I have”

Item description: Letter, dated 25 April 1862, from Robert W. Parker (2nd Virginia Cavalry of the Confederate States of America Army), near Gordonsville, Va., to his wife, Rebecca Louise Fitzhugh Walker Parker. Item citation: From volume 2 in the Robert … Continue reading

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24 April 1862: “the report is that some of the gun boats have passed the forts, & that there is every probability that the Federals or rather Lincolnites will be able to get up to the city.”

Item description: Letter, dated 24 April 1862, from Frances Devereux Polk to her husband Leonidas Polk, major general in the Army of Mississippi, about the imminent capture of the city of New Orleans. The letter comes a few weeks after … Continue reading

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23 April 1862: “The Negroes are getting off from here in crowds”

Item description: Letter from William C. Wood to his brother, Edward Wood, reporting on the ambiguous accounts of the Battle of South Mills in Camden County, N.C., and warning him to “watch his boats” since others in the area had … Continue reading

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22 April 1862: “Mr Thompson lost 7 & Mr Heath 2, they will give a reward of 50 dolls each for theirs”

Item description: An order given by Colonel Moon to men in the Edenton, N.C., area to intercept and capture a group of runaway slaves. Item citation: in folder 39 of the Hayes Collection #324 of the Southern Historical Collection, Wilson … Continue reading

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21 April 1862: “…whatever of blame and responsibility is justly attributable to any one for the defeat of our troops at Roanoke Island, on the 8th of February, 1862, should attach to Major General B. Huger and the late Secretary of War, J. P. Benjamin.”

Item description: This report, which was created at the behest of the Confederate Congress, examines “The Roanoke Island Defeat.” It attributes responsibility for the defeat to Major General Benjamin Huger and Secretary of War Judah P. Benjamin. North Carolina’s Confederate … Continue reading

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