Monthly Archives: September 2012

20 September 1862: “the legislature, if convened, would be cramped & hampered by the forms of the Constitution…”

Item transcription: Letter, 20 September 1862, from Weldon Nathaniel Edwards, Ridgeway, N.C., to William Alexander Graham, Hillsboro, N.C. The letter concerns the prospect of convening, in late 1862, a legislative convention in North Carolina. Edwards served as the president of the … Continue reading

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19 September 1862: “O what terrible fighting they are having in Maryland for the last five days…”

Item description: Letter, 19 September 1862, from Jonathan Lewis Whittaker to his wife Julia A. Wells Whitaker. More about Jonathan Lewis Whittaker: Jonathan Lewis Whitaker (fl. 1862-1865) was a physician of Orange County, N.Y., who served as a United States … Continue reading

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18 September 1862: “and we hear that the Yankees are dying by hundreds in New Orleans, this last is an awful thing to rejoice over, and yet such the fate of a bloody war and such are the feelings which it engenders, even in the merciful heart of a woman.”

Item description: Entry, dated 18 September 1862, from the diary of Sarah Lois Wadley. Item citation: From the Sarah Lois Wadley Papers, #1258, Southern Historical Collection,Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Item transcription: Wednesday Sep, 18th– I have time … Continue reading

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17 September 1862: “At Baltimore and Frederick it had risen to the highest pitch, and all the Union sympathizers on the Friday preceding the entry of our army into the latter town, had skedaddled for Pennsylvania.”

Item description: Newspaper article, “Latest News. From our army in Maryland,” from the 17 September 1862 issue of the Weekly State Journal (Raleigh, N.C.). The article reports on the latest news from the Maryland Campaign, leading up to the 17 September 1862 … Continue reading

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16 September 1862: “The large armies concentrated at Louisville and Cincinatti are held in check, by my advance.”

Item transcription: Letter, 16 September 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 in the invasion of Kentucky.  The invasion, led by Kirby-Smith and … Continue reading

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15 September 1862: “the ronaways is plenty in this naber hood…”

Item description: Letter, 15 September 1862, from Milton McGahey to William A. Graham. It is believed that McGahey was acting as overseer for one of Graham’s plantations at the time of the letter. He reports on the condition of crops … Continue reading

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14 September 1862: “Today there were three large steamers loaded with released prisoners came down the James – and a ragged looking set they were too – but they were happy to once more get their liberty…”

Item description: Letter, 14 September 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 mustered … Continue reading

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13 September 1862: “‘irrepressible conflict’ between the natural distinctions of race

Item Description: Article published on 13 September 1862 for the Southern Aegis. This article was later copied in the New York Caucasian on 22 November 1862. Item Citation: W. Stump Forwood Papers, #00260, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of … Continue reading

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12 September 1862: “The time of ironclad being ready is very indefinite. It is questionable if she will be finished for some time to come…”

Item description: Report, dated 12 September 1862, from Charles Wilkes, commanding officer of the James River Flotilla, to Gideon Welles, United States Secretary of the Navy. Item citation: Official records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion.. … Continue reading

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11 September 1862: “I hasen to give you all the particulars & facts that are in my posession in relation to his death if he is dead…”

Item description: Letter, 11 September 1862, from Lieutenant Edward Drake to Mrs. A.H. Hall (first name not known), sister of William Ray Wells, private in the 12th New York Infantry Regiment (“Onondaga Regiment”). Item citation: From the William Ray Wells Papers #2960-z, … Continue reading

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