Monthly Archives: August 2012

21 August 1862: “Sir I desire some information respecting persons sojourning in the South that reside in the North there chance of returning through Newbern or any other way…”

Item description: Letter, dated 21 August 1862, from George Washington Pegram, Harnett County, N.C., to Gen. T.L. Clingman asking for advice on the matter of gaining passage for two schoolteachers who, prior to the war, had traveled from their home … Continue reading

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20 August 1862: “The Yankees have come back, a few days ago they came down the river, took a cargo of arms which was lying at the landing…”

Item description: Diary entry from Sarah Lois Wadley, dated 20 August 1862. Item citation: From the Sarah Lois Wadley Papers, #1258, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Item transcription: Wednesday, Aug. 20th– The Yankees … Continue reading

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19 August 1862: “They have burned and destroyed the salt works on the Sound, destroyed corn & pillaging as they go…”

Item description: Clerk’s copy of a letter, dated 19 August 1862, from Captain E.W. Ward to Col. Collett Leventhorpe, colonel of the 11th North Carolina (and in charge of the defenses for the District of Wilmington). Item citation: From folder … Continue reading

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18 August 1862: “as to a sick man’s getting home now, that is almost impossible, unless he is able to dodge the guard and run the blockade, as they are carried, as I am informed, by the doctors now.”

Item description: Letter, 18 August 1862, from Robert W. Parker of the 2nd Virginia Cavalry to his wife, Rebecca Louise Fitzhugh Walker Parker, at home in Bedford County, Va. Item citation: From volume 2 in the Robert W. Parker Papers, … Continue reading

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17 August 1862: “The state of my health renders it absolutely necessary that I should rest at home as long as possible before the inauguration.”

Item description: Letter, 17 August 1862, from Governor-elect Zebulon B. Vance to former North Carolina governor, William A. Graham (governor from 1845 to 1849). Vance was elected in August 1862, running as the candidate from the Conservative Party. His victory … Continue reading

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16 August 1862: “it seems likely that another general engagement like that of Manassas will occur on that line…”

Item description: Letter, 16 August 1862, from Charles Woodward Hutson to his father. Item citation: From the Charles Woodward Hutson Papers, #362, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Item transcription: 16th Aug. 1862. … Continue reading

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15 August 1862: “I send you today the authority desired by you for arresting deserters from your Regt.”

Item description: Letter, 15 August 1862, from Edward White, Assistant Adjutant General of Clingman’s Brigade, to Col. John Kerr Connally, 55th Regiment North Carolina Troops, giving the authority to arrest deserters. Item citation: From folder 2 of the T. L. Clingman Papers, … Continue reading

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14 August 1862: “I feel that I am not as yet in fit condition to undertake a weary march under an August sun…”

Item description: Letter, 14 August 1862, from Charles Woodward Hutson to his mother. The letter also includes two follow up notes: one dated 15 August 1862, and one undated. Item citation: From the Charles Woodward Hutson Papers, #362, Southern Historical … Continue reading

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13 August 1862: “all the counties in the eastern part of the state bordering on the lines of the enemy are required to furnish at once one fourth of the able bodied slave laborers within their limits…”

Item description: Notice, dated 13 August 1862, ordering North Carolina slaveholders to furnish slave labor for the construction of Confederate fortifications around Richmond and Petersburg, Va. Item citation: From folder 2 of the T. L. Clingman Papers, #157, Southern Historical … Continue reading

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12 August 1862: “They would be of great-service here enabling me to assist vessels running the blockade and drive off the blockaders.”

Item description: Letter, 12 August 1862, from Col. George A. Cunningham, Commandant of Fort Caswell (N.C.), to Col. Collett Leventhorpe, colonel of the 11th North Carolina (and in charge of the defenses for the District of Wilmington). Item citation: From … Continue reading

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