Monthly Archives: December 2012

21 December 1862: “Next week will be Christmas, and I hope a happy one to the loved wife and children of my own home.”

Item description: Published letter, dated 21 December 1862, as collected and published in Memoir and Memorials (The Neale Publishing Co., 1907), a memoir of Elisha Franklin Paxton. Elisha Franklin Paxton was born in Rockbridge County, Virginia in 1828. He studied at Washington College … Continue reading

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20 December 1862: “…you never sean men go so fast in your life…”

Item Description: Letter, 20th December 1862, from George W. Harris, a sailor on the U.S.S. Richmond in the vicinity of New Orleans, LA, to his aunt in Philadelphia, PA. Item Citation: From the George W. Harris Letters #3657-z, Southern Historical Collection, … Continue reading

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19 December 1862: “…we have lost in the Regt 13 since we organized, but we have at least 200 on the sick list, some of whom will die…”

Item Description: Letter, 19 December 1862, from Adoniram Judson Withrow, first lieutenant of Company C, 25th Regiment Iowa Volunteers, United States Army to his wife, Libertatia America Arnold Withrow in Salem, Iowa. [Transcription available below images.] Item Citation: From folder 1 of … Continue reading

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18 December 1862: I was not present when he died But what I know was told me by the Ward Master He was perfectly resigned to his fate and expressed himself that he had made his peace with God

Item Description: Letter of 18 December 1862 from J. T. McCreight to the father of William A. Collins, reporting his son’s death on December 14th.  [Transcription available below images.]   Item Citation: William A. Collins Papers #5095-z, Southern Historical Collection, … Continue reading

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17 December 1862: “MAP of The Route Marched by the Foster Expedition Dec, 1862″

Item description: Newton Wallace, Company I, 27th Massachusetts Infantry, drew this map of the route the Foster expedition took through eastern North Carolina, moving from New Bern to Goldsboro in December 1862. It includes towns, railroads, roads, water features, and … Continue reading

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16 December 1862: “a part of the time the flag of the 9th New Jersey was unfurled behind us also, which might have drawn an extra amount of fire…”

Item description: Item description: Portions of “Leaves from a Diary Written While Serving in Co. E, 44 Mass., Dep’t of No. Carolina,” an account, written by John Jasper Wyeth of Co. E, of the experiences of the 44th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment. The … Continue reading

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15 December 1862: “It is my painful duty to write you a few lines informing you of the death of your son, cousin Benjamin N. Long.”

Item description: Letter, 15 December 1862, from James W. Jones to his uncle John Long informing him of the death of his son, Benjamin N. Long. The Long family of Alamance County, N.C., included John Long and Letitia R. Long … Continue reading

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14 December 1862: Program for a reunion of the Forty-fifth Massachusetts Regiment, held on 14 December 1887 in Boston, Mass.

Item description: Program for a reunion of the Forty-fifth Massachusetts Regiment, held on 14 December 1887 in Boston, Mass., on the 25th Anniversary of the Battle of Kinston (N.C.) (fought on 14 December 1862).   Item citation: “Twenty-fifth anniversary of the Battle of Kinston, … Continue reading

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13 December 1862: “…ought not this provision to be made, looking forward to the possibility that the Abolitionists may get possession of our Capitol?”

Item description: Letter, 13 December 1862, from Judge Robert Reed Heath, Raleigh, N.C., to William A. Graham. In the letter, Heath discusses, at length, the matter of judges’ salaries and also gives his opinion that the North Carolina Legislature ought … Continue reading

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12 December 1862: “The following is a list of substitute money delivered by me to Col. Peter Mallett, Commdt. at Camp Holmes near Raleigh N.C. on Dec. 12th 1862.”

Item description: List, dated 12 December 1862, of substitutes, as reported to Col. Peter Mallett, head of Confederate conscription in North Carolina. Item citation: From the Peter Mallett Papers, #480, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  

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