Monthly Archives: May 2012

31 May 1862: “That fifteen lashes be inflicted upon any colored man or woman, who, for the sake of convenience, and unaccompanied by any white person, may walk on forbidden ground…”

Item description: At the 31 May 1862 meeting of the Philanthropic Society, a committee recommended passage of the following law: “That fifteen lashes be inflicted upon any colored man or woman, who, for the sake of convenience, and unaccompanied by … Continue reading

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30 May 1862: “I sent an officer to them yesterday morning to attempt to give him some instruction. Apparently to little purpose.”

Item description: In this letter, 30 May 1862, General Joseph E. Johnston wrote to another Confederate general (possibly General Stonewall Jackson), regarding the improper behavior of cavalry pickets from the 10th Virginia Cavalry, “Wise’s Legion,” as reported by General Robert … Continue reading

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29 May 1862: “the commanding General does not seem it necessary to invoke the troops of this Army to emulate the deeds of their noble comrades in the valley”

Item description: Official copy, dated 29 May 1862, of General Orders, No. 58, celebrating the Confederate victory at the First Battle of Winchester, part of Stonewall Jackson’s campaign through the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Item citation: From folder 23 of … Continue reading

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28 May 1862: “‘Of course you are aware,’ said the Governor, ‘that the laws of the State make the opening of such schools a criminal offence.'”

Item description: This transcript, which details a conversation about schools for recently freed slaves in occupied North Carolina between Edward Stanly, Military Governor of North Carolina, and Vincent Colyer, Superintendent of the Poor under Union General Burnside, is extracted from … Continue reading

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27 May 1862: “4 miles S.E. of Hanover C.H. Va.”

Item Description: Hand drawn map of the Battle of Lebanon Church [Hanover Court House], Va., 27 May 1862.      Item Citation: William James Harriss Bellamy Papers, #1559-z, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel … Continue reading

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26 May 1862: “I was in Wilmington a few nights ago, and saw the famous blind Tom of whom you have seen articles in the papers.”

Item description: F. W. Bird, an uncle of lawyer and legislator Robert Winston, wrote to his sister about life at Camp Davis, his regiment, and most importantly about seeing enslaved black musician Blind Tom, who was an autistic musical savant … Continue reading

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25 May 1862: “One of the men belonging to the Port Royal received a Minié ball in his leg, making amputation necessary.”

Item description: Report of Commander Smith, U. S. Navy, of a reconnoissance up the James River, May 23, 1862. To read more from the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, click here. … Continue reading

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24 May 1862: “Capture of Fort Macon” and “The End of the Merrimac”

Item: Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper, XIV:334 (24 May 1862), cover. (Hand-colored at later date.) Two illustrations on cover with following captions: Top: CAPTURE OF FORT MACON—COMPANIES A AND B OF THE 5TH RHODE ISLAND REGIMENT COVERING THE WORKING PARTIES WHILE … Continue reading

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23 May 1862: “Men of the south! Shall our mothers, our wives, our daughters and sisters, be thus outraged by the ruffianly soldiers of the North, to whom is given the right to treat, at their pleasure, the ladies of the South as common harlots?”

Item description: The Wilmington Daily Journal of 23 May 1862 included this compilation of material related to General Benjamin F. Butler’s General Order No. 28. Declaring that “ladies of New Orleans” who “shall, by word, gesture or movement, insult or … Continue reading

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22 May 1862: “I hope you destroy my letters.”

Item description: Letter, 22 May 1862, from Lavinia Morrison Dabney at the Union Theological Seminary (Farmville, Va.) to her husband, Robert Lewis Dabney, who served in the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia, first as a chaplain with the 18th Virginia … Continue reading

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