Monthly Archives: November 2012

10 November 1862: “Genl. McClellan has been removed–producing excitement in the Fedl Army–.”

Item description: Entry, dated 10 November 1862, in the diary of Rev. Overton Bernard. He reports the news of General George McClellan’s dismissal as General-in-Chief of the Union Army and relays the challenges to civilian travel within an occupied city. … Continue reading

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9 November 1862: “my sister in one of her letters not long ago spoke of that ‘Little love affair’ of mine, how she found out our secret I dont know nor do I care…”

Item description: Letter, 9 November 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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8 November 1862: “I would like to know whether a man that volunteers and receives Bounty, and hires a substitute will have to pay back this bounty or not.”

Item description: Letter, 8 November 1862, from L.H. Mewborn to William A. Graham. Mewborn asks Graham for advice on a legal matter, namely whether or not he will have to repay the Confederate government the bounty pay he received for enlisting, … Continue reading

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7 November 1862: “we seem to be threatened with something like a famine here. If our farmers have any thing to sell, they will not part with it at present…”

Item description:  Letter, 7 November 1862, from William Horn Battle to his son, Kemp Plummer Battle. Not long after learning about the death of his son Junius in a military hospital in Maryland, Judge Battle writes to his son Kemp … Continue reading

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6 November 1862: “Press is a faithful servant to me considering the chances he has. I am satisfied with him.”

Item description: Letter, 6 November 1862, from Ruffin Thomson, 18th Mississippi Infantry Regiment, to his “Pa” (William H. Thomson). Thomson reports on the status of his regiment following the Battle of Antietam (Sharpsburg). He also mentions his satisfaction with his body … Continue reading

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5 November 1862: “We know as a fact, that there were eleven white persons buried yesterday – ten at Oakdale Cemetery…”

Item description: Selected articles from the 5 November 1862 issue of the Weekly State Journal (Raleigh, N.C.), all relating to the yellow fever epidemic raging in the city of Wilmington, N.C. Item citation: Selected articles, Weekly State Journal, 5 November 1862. Raleigh, … Continue reading

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4 November 1862: “He is a perfect skeleton, and could not walk up stairs, but is anxious to get home and would have started today, but it is threatening rain, and Mother thought he had better not go.”

Item description: Entry, 4 November 1862, from the diary of Sarah Lois Wadley. More about Sarah Lois Wadley: Sarah Lois Wadley was born in 1844 in New Hampshire, the daughter of railroad superintendent William Morrill Wadley (1813-1882) and Rebecca Barnard Everingham … Continue reading

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3 November 1862: “the nights are colder here on the border of the Dismal Swamp than they are at the north…”

Item description: Letter, 3 November 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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2 November 1862: “One of my negro men is very sick at this place.”

Item description: Letter, 2 November 1862, from William S. Pettigrew to a Dr. Hanks, asking the doctor to come to Haywood Plantation to attend to a sick slave named Aaron. Item citation: From Folder 259 of the Pettigrew Family Papers, #592, Southern … Continue reading

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1 November 1862: “Nine States in the Black Confederacy will hold elections on the 4th of this month…”

Item description: A broadside printed on 1 November 1862 by the Wilmington (N.C.) Daily Journal. The document reports on an outbreak of yellow fever in the Wilmington area, Halloween, elections and other news from the North, reports of England’s and … Continue reading

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