Monthly Archives: January 2013

11 January 1863: “Dr. Mallet had vaccinated the children before the letter came but if it does not take I will have it repeated with your scab.”

Item description: Letter, 11 January 1863, from Bettie Maney Kimberly, Chapel Hill, N.C., to her sister Annie Maney, Nashville, Tenn. Item citation: From the John Kimberly Papers #398, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. … Continue reading

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10 January 1863: “I have rented my home to them & we are living at the Hotel, quite a change for us…”

Item description: Letter, 10 January 1863, to Mary Elizabeth Garrett Lenoir. The name of the letter’s writer is illegible. Item citation: From the Lenoir Family Papers, #426, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Item transcription: [Mrs. Thos. … Continue reading

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9 January 1863: “I havent opened my snack yet”

Item description: Letter, dated 9 January 1863, from Robert W. Parker, describing rejoining the Army of the Northern Virginia in Spotsylvania County, Virginia. Parker was born in 1838 in Pittsylvania County, Va. His father, Ammon H. Parker, and mother, Frances Goggin Parker, eventually … Continue reading

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8 January 1863: “We have had several cases of fever lately, occasioned, it is said, by malaria from the lower swamps in the neighborhood.”

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 book … Continue reading

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7 January 1863: “President Davis passed down in the cars on Saturday last, on his return to Richmond…”

Item description: Newspaper article, “President Davis,” as published in the 7 January 1863 issue of the Hillsborough Recorder. The article describes President Jefferson Davis’ visit to North Carolina. Item citation: “President Davis,” Hillsborough Recorder. 7 January 1863. Hillsborough, N.C. : Dennis Heartt, 1820-1879. C071 … Continue reading

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6 January 1863: “All deserters [...] will be restored to duty without trial.”

Item description: Copy of General Orders, No. 2, dated 6 January 1863, granting amnesty to deserters who return to the Army of the Trans-Mississippi by the 1st of February 1863. Item transcription: HdQtrs. Trans Miss. Dept. Little Rock, Jany. 6, 1863 … Continue reading

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5 January 1863: “Alice and the little girls came safely to hand on Saturday in company with President Davis who made a pretty little speech at the station.”

Item description: Letter, 5 January 1863, from Paul Cameron to Thomas Ruffin. Item citation: From folder 453 in the Thomas Ruffin Papers #641 in the Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Item transcription: Hillsboro, Jany. 5th ’63 My Dear … Continue reading

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4 January 1863: “For such a servant, I would gladly give $2500.”

Item description: Letter, 4 January 1863, from Jeremy Francis Gilmer to his wife Louisa Fredericka Alexander Gilmer. More about Jeremy Francis Gilmer: Jeremy Francis Gilmer was born in Guilford County, N.C., on 23 February 1818. He entered the United States … Continue reading

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3 January 1863: “Enemy sent in a flag of truce to ask for the body of a Kentucky Captain, as they said – in reality to see our position – their request was refused.”

Item description: Entry, dated 3 January 1863, from the diary of Taylor Beatty, Confederate officer of Thibodaux, Lafourche Parish, Louisiana. More about Taylor Beatty: The chief figure in these papers is Taylor Beatty (born 1837), son of Charlotte Beatty (1810-1847). … Continue reading

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2 January 1863: “…the ladies were under a guard of Federal Soldiers haing spent the night in Jail and part of the time in a Criminals Cell!!

Item Description: Rev. Overton Bernard recounts the changing social conditions brought about by Union occupation and notions of emancipation. A white slave owner’s son, wife, and his wife’s friends were briefly imprisoned after an enslaved or servant woman was slapped for her … Continue reading

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