Monthly Archives: December 2012

11 December 1862: “My family…have been…but temporarily provided for; and, unless I can give them my personal attention, they will necessarily be subjected to suffering and great inconvenience.

Item Description: Letter, dated 11 December 1862, to Thomas L. Clingman from Captain Charles C. Clark, 31st North Carolina Infantry, requesting a leave of absence that is eventually denied. Thomas Clingman served terms in both the United State House and Senate … Continue reading

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10 December 1862: “…it has been down already this to 14° and the weather of late has been very cold but fine.”

Item Description: Letter, 10 December 1862, from Godfrey Barnsley of Woodlands Plantation, Cass County, Georgia to his son, Lucien Barnsley in the office of Dr. Gaillard, Medical Director of the 2nd Corps, Army of the Potomac.  The letter discusses the possibility that Lucien … Continue reading

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9 December 1862: “They will allow no negroes to pass out of town with or without passes.”

Item description:  Special order 30, dated 9 December 1862, relating to impressment of slave labor. Item citation:  From the T. L. Clingman Papers, #157, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Item transcription: Head Quarters Wilmington, … Continue reading

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8 December 1862: “He calls his famous proclamation a contemplated emancipation scheme.”

Item: article from the Carolina Watchman (Salisbury, N.C.), 8 December 1862 (Volume 20: number 29), page 2, column 3. Transcription: LINCOLN’S MESSAGE. Petersburg, Dec. 4.—The N. York Times, of the 2nd, has been received here.  Lincoln’s message was read on … Continue reading

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7 December 1862: “such military necessities as they are egregiously called will crush that spirit upon which the foundation of all republics are built- namely good will”

Item Description: Letter, 7 December 1862, from Arnoldus Brumby to his sister, Sarah Catherine (Kate) Brumby Simpson. Arnoldus studied medicine and became a physician in Holmes County, Mississippi. The letter mentions their brother Robert, who died in the war in 1864, and … Continue reading

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6 December 1862 “The Board will meet at your Head Quarters at 10 Oclock AM tomorrow for the examination of Officers of your command”

Item description: Orders, 6 December 1862, from Head Quarters in Wilmington to Brigadier General Thomas Lanier Clingman. More about Thomas Lanier Clingman: T. L. (Thomas Lanier) Clingman (1812-1897) was a businessman; mountain explorer; legislator for North Carolina and the United … Continue reading

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5 December 1862: ” I have no doubt but what several hundred of conscripts are lying out in those mountains, but I think that most of them are cowardly…”

Item Description: Letter, 5 December 1862, from Thomas Isaac Lenoir, to his brother, describing his volunteer company’s march into Tennessee and the search for conscripts and the capture of prisoners. [Transcription available below images]  Item citation: From the Lenoir Family Papers #426, Southern … Continue reading

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4 December 1862: “Dear Pa, It has become my painful duty to inform you of Preston’s death.”

Item description: Letter, 4 December 1862, from Ruffin Thomson, 18th Mississippi Infantry Regiment, to his “Pa” (William H. Thomson). In the letter, Thomson informs his father of the death of his slave, Preston (“Press”). More about Ruffin Thomson: Ruffin Thomson was … Continue reading

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3 December 1862: “The captain of the said schooner acknowledges his intention of running the blockade.”

Item description: “Report of Commander Parker, U. S. Navy, regarding the chase of the schooner Brilliant and the capture of the schooner Emma Tuttle. To read more from the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War … Continue reading

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2 December 1862: “This division of the enemy’s force seem to me very strange, but so many reports may indicate some movement of the enemy and I send them to you that you may be prepared.”

Item description: Letter, 2 December 1862, from Robert E. Lee to Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson. Item citation: From folder 248 in the Charles William Dabney Papers #1412 in the Southern Historical Collection, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Item transcription: Hd Qrs. Army Northern … Continue reading

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