Monthly Archives: July 2012

31 July 1862: “Well, the poor soldier has paid out his little wages (if indeed he has received it,) for clothing and shoes, or nearly so, and consequently has none of any consequence to pay these extortionary prices for vegetables.”

Item description: Letter to the editors of the Wilmington (N.C.) Daily Journal, written by a “Soldier from Wake,” as published in the 31 July 1862 issue of the Journal. Item citation: “Extortion – The Soldier,” The Daily Journal (Wilmington, N.C.), … Continue reading

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30 July 1862: “…so the wise Dr. concluded to saw the poor boys leg off a third time above the knee which caused his death.”

Item description: Letter, 30 July 1862, from Harry Lewis, 16th Mississippi Infantry Regiment, to his mother, Mrs. John S. Lewis, of Woodville, Miss. Item citation: From the Harry Lewis Letters, #1222-z, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North … Continue reading

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29 July 1862: “Don’t hoard up and hold back things in the eating line.”

Item description: Newspaper editorial, “Speculating,” from the 29 July 1862 issue of the Wilmington (N.C.) Daily Journal. Item citation: “Speculating,” The Daily Journal (Wilmington, N.C.), 29 July 1862.  North Carolina Collection call number: C071 Z.  Wilson Library, University of North … Continue reading

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28 July 1862: “The junction with Genl. Bragg if effected in time will I trust enable the two armies to crush Buells column and advance to the recovery of Tennessee and the occupation of Kentucky.”

Item description: Letter, dated 28 July 1862, from Jefferson Davis to Edmund Kirby Smith. Item citation: From the Edmund Kirby-Smith Papers, #404, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Item transcription: Confederate States of … Continue reading

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27 July 1862: “Started this morning & marched about 4 miles then had to wait till 4 PM for a Bridge to be built…”

Item description: Newton Wallace, Company I, 27th Massachusetts Infantry, comments on his company’s movements while in eastern North Carolina, near New Bern. The march was a part of the Union Army’s expedition from New Bern to Trenton and Pollocksville. See … Continue reading

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26 July 1862: “…started this morning & marched about 5 miles when the advance surprised a Picket Headquarters & drove them off..”

Item description: Newton Wallace, Company I, 27th Massachusetts Infantry, comments on his company’s movements while in eastern North Carolina, near New Bern. The march was a part of the Union Army’s expedition from New Bern to Trenton and Pollocksville. See … Continue reading

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25 July 1862: “…had orders to be ready to march this afternoon with 3 days rations…”

Item description: Newton Wallace, Company I, 27th Massachusetts Infantry, comments on his company’s movements while in eastern North Carolina, near New Bern. The march was a part of the Union Army’s expedition from New Bern to Trenton and Pollocksville. See … Continue reading

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24 July 1862: “Stonewall Jackson is a rigid Presbyterian and does not believe in the infallibility of this Pope . . .”

Item Description: editorial, The Daily Journal (Wilmington), 24 July 1862. Transcription: THE DAILY JOURNAL. CONFEDERATE STATES OF AMERICA. WILMINGTON, N. C., THURSDAY, JULY 24, 1862. The Yankees have a last got a hero.  They have got a “coming man.”  They … Continue reading

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23 July 1862: “There are very many ill of the fever & Ellen & I spend a good deal of time driving to Eustis’s, where there is a crowded & sickly set of people…”

Item citation: Diary entry of Laura Towne, dated 23 July 1862. In this entry Towne notes gathering provisions for the formerly enslaved men and women of Edisto Island, as well as the health of the African American population on St. … Continue reading

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22 July 1862: “Buel is fast concentrating for attack, Forrest’s operations in middle Tenn. have delayed him as I intended they should…”

Item description: Letter, dated 22 July 1862, from Gen. Edmund Kirby-Smith to his wife Cassie Selden Kirby-Smith. At the time of the letter, Kirby-Smith was commanding the Army of East Tennessee. He comments on an apparent dispute with Confederate Congressman … Continue reading

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