Monthly Archives: July 2012

21 July 1862: “MAP of Marches Made July 21′, 1862 and July 4th 1863″

Item description: Newton Wallace, Company I, 27th Massachusetts Infantry, drew this map of the marches he made while in North Carolina with the Union Army. Item citation: Diary commencing Oct. 14, 1861 – ending Sept. 20th, 1863 / Newton Wallace, … Continue reading

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20 July 1862: “If a soldier or a legitimate follower of the army be fired upon from any house, the house shall be razed to the ground, and the inhabitants sent prisoners to the headquarters of this army.”

Item description: General Orders, Number 7, dated 20 July 1862, issued by command of Major General John Pope. These orders appear as they were published in the Supplemental Report of the Joint Committee on the Conduct of the War, In … Continue reading

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19 July 1862: “Any Cotton Among us Belonging to Traitors!”

Item description: Newspaper article, “Any Cotton Among us Belonging to Traitors!,” as re-published in the 19 July 1862 issue of the Wilmington Daily Journal. The article was originally published in the Atlanta Confederacy newspaper. Item citation: “Any Cotton Among us … Continue reading

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18 July 1862: “I never the happiness of peace until I felt the bitterness, the weariness of war, now the peaceful seems to as a dream…”

Item description: Diary entry from Sarah Lois Wadley, dated 18 July 1862. In this entry, Wadley recounts seeing cavalry from Texas, and her personal emotional burdens dealing with the war. [Transcription available below images]  Item citation: From the Sarah Lois … Continue reading

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17 July 1862: “The coffin was wrapped with the flag & two handsome wreaths upon it.”

Item description: Letter, 17 July 1862, from Ann Claypole Meares to Catherine Douglass DeRosset Meares, the widow of Col. Gaston Meares (3rd. North Carolina Infantry Regiment). Col. Meares was killed on 1 July 1862 at the Battle of Malvern Hill. … Continue reading

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16 July 1862: “…if this plan is carried out we will have nothing but a military government in a few years from which the Lord deliver me from ever seeing”

Item description: Letter, 16 July 1862, from Elijah Graves Faucett, a private from Orange County, N.C., in the 6th North Carolina Infantry stationed near Richmond, to William Alexander Graham, a former governor of North Carolina who had opposed secession until … Continue reading

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15 July 1862: “…We have been compelled by the pressure of our enemies to give up more of our mother state to their brutal army.”

Item description: Letter, 15 July 1862, from Robert W. Parker of the 2nd Virginia Cavalry to his wife, Rebecca Louise Fitzhugh Walker Parker, at home in Bedford County, Va. Parker wrote of his company’s retreat from Culpeper to Rapidan Station, … Continue reading

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14 July 1862: “Maggie I had hoped to see you in a month or so for I had thought this cursed rebellion was about played out but this defeat sets it back for a long time…”

Item description: Letter, 14 July 1862, from Union soldier Stephen Tippet Andrews to his beloved, Margaret (Maggie) Little. Stephen Tippet Andrews enlisted in the 85th New York Infantry Regiment on 26 August 1861. He helped organize Company F, and was … Continue reading

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13 July 1862: “Noble Vicksburg, I am proud of her, she still holds out, though the large Yankee fleet before the city is constantly bombarding her”

Item description: From the diary of Sarah Lois Wadley, 13 July 1862. In this entry, Wadley talks about the battle of Vicksburg and about hearing reports of formerly enslaved African Americans in Union camps that want to return to their … Continue reading

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12 July 1862: “I myself found a Yankee in a thicket on Friday who had been shot through the lungs the previous Monday & was still alive.”

Item description: Letter, 12 July 1862, from Benjamin Lewis Blackford, in camp near Chesterfield, Va., to his mother Mary B. Blackford. Blackford, an accomplished draftsman, was at this time employed as a topographical engineer in the Confederate army. This letter … Continue reading

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