Monthly Archives: June 2012

30 June 1862: “I am induced to believe that the law is not as “distasteful” as his Excellency imagines and with his cooperation and assistance there would be comparatively no objection to it.”

Item description: Letter, 30 June 1862, from Peter Mallett, head of Conscription for North Carolina, to Gen. George W. Randolph, Confederate Secretary of War.   Item citation: From folder 6 in the Peter Mallett Papers, #480, Southern Historical Collection, The … Continue reading

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29 June 1862: “The west or right bank of James River is entirely in the hands of the rebels. Nearly the whole power of the Southern Confederacy is within a few miles of us.”

Item description: “Report of Commander [John] Rodgers, U. S. Navy, of the sending the submarine propeller back to Fortress Monroe for further orders.” The report discusses naval actions in support of the Union Army’s movements during the Seven Days Battle, … Continue reading

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28 June 1862: “THE RICHMOND BATTLE — ENEMY DEFEATED — THEY BURN THEIR STORES — CONFEDERATE SUCCESS — OUR WOUNDED ARRIVING — YORK RIVER RAILROAD AND BATTERIES CAPTURED — NO PRISONERS REPORTED”

Item description: The Wilmington Daily Journal of 28 June 1862 included this report, received by telegraph, of military action around Richmond, Virginia. The article was published on the fourth day of the Seven Days Battles. Item citation: The Daily Journal. … Continue reading

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27 June 1862: “he says he fears a famine for the country. isn’t it a fearful prospect?”

Item description: Letter, 27 June 1862, from Jane Caroline North Pettigrew (wife of Charles Lockhart Pettigrew) to her brother-in-law, William S. Pettigrew. The letter illustrates how dispersed the Pettigrew family has become at this point in the war. The writer, … Continue reading

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26 June 1862: “Our own opinion, from the best information we can obtain, is that the contest at Richmond will be decided within the next forty-eight hours.”

Item description: Newspaper article, “The Armies at Richmond,” from the 26 June 1862 issue of The Wilmington (N.C.) Daily Journal. The article was published on the second day of the Seven Days Battles. Item citation: The Daily Journal. 24 June … Continue reading

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25 June 1862: The Daily Telegraph (single sheet)

ITEM: The Daily Telegraph, June 25, 1862, single sheet, 12.5 x 9.0 inches, printed on one side. CITATION: The Daily Telegraph (Raleigh, N.C.) 25 June 1862, single sheet.  North Carolina Collection call number: VC071 C748 folder 5.  Wilson Library, University … Continue reading

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24 June 1862: “The conscript act is very distasteful to our people and doubts of its constitutionality have been raised…”

Item description: Clerk’s copy of a letter, dated 24 June 1862, from North Carolina Governor Henry T. Clark to Maj. Peter Mallett, head of Confederate conscription in North Carolina.       Item citation: From folder 6 in the Peter Mallett … Continue reading

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23 June 1862: “General Hunter drove us out to the camp of the black regiment…”

Item description: Entry dated 23 June 1862 from the diary of Laura Towne. In this entry she notes the regiment of African American troops organized under General Hunter. In June, Gen. Hunter organized the 1st S. C. volunteers, a regiment composed of … Continue reading

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22 June 1862: “Dear Parents…Well I was in the fight on the 16th & got slightly wounded in the Right Arm just below the Shoulder.”

Item description: This letter, dated 22 June 1862, was written by William Cooley to his parents in Connecticutt. A member of the Connecticutt Volunteers, Cooley recounts the horror of assaulting fixed Confederate positions near Hilton Head, South Carolina. Wounded in … Continue reading

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21 June 1862: “You inform that my people generally meet the approval of those who have hired them.”

Item description: Letter, 21 June 1862, from William S. Pettigrew at Haywood to William C. Campbell, in which Pettigrew requested that his friend intervene on behalf of a couple of slaves who had been hired out following their removal from … Continue reading

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