Monthly Archives: November 2012

20 November 1862: “…she was partially burned and waterlogged, loaded with rosin. No clue could be found by which to identify her. I did everything possible to destroy and render her useless.”

Item description: Report of Acting Volunteer Lieutenant Trathen, U. S. Navy, of the capture of an unknown schooner, November 5, 1862. The schooner was captured off the coast of North Carolina, near New Inlet. To read more from the Official … Continue reading

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19 November 1862: “I have to-day sent over to Charleston three negroes belonging to Nassau, West Indies. They formed part of a crew of a small schooner which, loaded with salt, was endeavoring to run the blockade…”

Item description: Report of Brigadier-General Whiting, C. S. Army, commanding defenses of Cape Fear River. To read more from the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, click here. Item citation: Official records … Continue reading

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18 November 1862: “Now I tell you if you want to see him alive you must come shortly for he cant live long the fix he is in…”

Item Description: Letter of 18 November 1862 from Captain Arthur Walker to the father of William A. Collins, who was wounded at the Battle of Antietam and lay dying at Chimborazo Hospital No. 4 in Richmond, Va. [Transcription available below … Continue reading

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17 November 1862: “No Sentimental Journey”

Item Description: “No Sentimental Journey,” The New York Herald, 17 November 1862, page 1, column 3. Item Note: The writer refers to Kinston, N.C. as “Kingston.” Transcription: INTERESTING FROM NORTH CAROLINA. Adventures of One of Our Correspondents. NO SENTIMENTAL JOURNEY. … Continue reading

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16 November 1862: “I was greatly disappointed in the appearance of the city, it is the most dilapidated looking place…”

Item description: Charles M. Alley was a private in the 44th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment of the United States Army during the Civil War. After the war, he participated in a number of business ventures in Boston, Mass., and Hartford, Conn. … Continue reading

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15 November 1862: “. . . when lo ! what did he hold in his hand but a wig.”

Item Description: excerpt from The New York Herald, 15 November 1862, page 1, column 3. Transcription: IMPORTANT FROM NORTH CAROLINA. General Foster’s Recent Movements and Their Results. The Losses Sustained by the Union Troops. THE TAR RIVER NAVAL EXPEDITION. Destruction … Continue reading

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14 November 1862: “I am very anxious to go to my native state to defend the soil that that the miserable abolitionists of the hated and cowardly state of Massachusetts are now polluting.”

Item description: Letter, 14 November 1862, from D.G. Cowand to William S. Pettigrew. Cowand wrote to thank his friend for lobbying the governor on his behalf for a command in North Carolina should troops be raised to defend the home … Continue reading

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13 November 1862: “So much for a little party.”

Item Description: a portion (text from columns 1 and 2; map and headlines from columns 3-4) of The New York Herald, 13 November 1862, page 1. Transcription: IMPORTANT FROM NORTH CAROLINA. ADVANCE OF THE UNION FORCES. Combined Naval and Military … Continue reading

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12 November 1862: “I would ask you to write more than once a week if you write a long letter, but prefer two short ones at lesser intervals.”

Item description: Letter, 12 November 1862, from Gen. Edmund Kirby-Smith to his wife Cassie Selden Kirby-Smith. He complains about the fact that he has not received a letter in several days. Mrs. Kirby-Smith has just given birth to the couple’s … Continue reading

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11 November 1862: “He said that those negroe regiments the Yankees have are more trouble than use to them, they have to watch them closely to prevent their running back to their masters.”

Item description: Entry, 11 November 1862, from the diary of Sarah Lois Wadley. The entry includes a brief mention of black Union soldiers that were stationed in New Orleans in the fall of 1862. More about Sarah Lois Wadley: Sarah Lois … Continue reading

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