Monthly Archives: February 2013

18 February 1863: “Of the colored race those the nearest white are the most to be pitied they look kind of sad as tho they do not like the position they occupy”

Item Description: Letter, 18 February 1863, from Silas Everett Fales, a soldier with the 42nd Massachusetts Infantry, to his wife Mary. Fales wrote from Bayou Gentilly and then New Orleans, about army life, the climate and bustling activity in the … Continue reading

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17 February 1863: “To arms, fellow citizens, come to share with us our dangers, our brilliant success, or our glorious death.”

Item Description: Letter, 17 February 1863, to the authorities and citizens of Savannah, GA, and Charleston, SC, warning of an impending attack on both cities, and Special Orders No. 44, issued to Brigadier General Thomas Lanier Clingman, advising his brigade to prepare … Continue reading

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16 February 1863: “He had hard usage by that court martial…”

Item Description: Letter, dated 16 February 1863, from Jane Gibert Pettigru North (abbreviated JGN) to her brother.  She describes the “restless” nature of a visiting relation named Sue, as well as conditions at her plantation, Badwell, and the trials of … Continue reading

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15 February 1863: “If you were hear with your boyes you would have no trouble to get shut of them”

Item Description: A letter, 15 February 1863, from Charles Atwood to William Pettigrew at Haywood, N.C. Atwood sought information about the pending arrival of Dick, a slave he apparently agreed to hire out from Pettigrew. His letter also suggests that … Continue reading

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14 February 1863: “This is Valentines day and I hope to get one from her.”

Item description: Letter, 14 February 1863, believed to be from James M. and Laura Gwyn to their aunt, Mary Elizabeth (“Lizzie”) Garrett Lenoir. Item citation: From folder 151 of the Lenoir Family Papers, #426, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina … Continue reading

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13 February 1863: “Attention! Conscripts! Recruits Wanted!”

Item description: This broadside, with a purported date written in pencil on the bottom left of the document, calls for recruits to the defend the “Old North State” and “drive back the vile invaders of our soil.”   Item Transcription: … Continue reading

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12 February 1863: “I am here gathering up conscripts straglers and absentees and hope you will come up before I leave”

Item description: Letter, 12 February 1863, from Robert E. Brumby to his sister Sarah Simpson, while he was on leave in Goodman, Mississippi. [Item transcription available below images.] Item citation: From the Simpson and Brumby Family Papers, #1408-z, Southern Historical Collection, The … Continue reading

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11 February 1863: “I find myself disappointed upon inquiring as the the efficiency of the artificial legs, and will have to make up my mind to be a worse cripple than I had hoped for.”

Item description: Letter, 11 February 1863, from Walter Lenoir to his brother Thomas Isaac Lenoir. Item citation: From folder 151 of the Lenoir Family Papers, #426, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Item transcription: [Thos. I. Lenoir] Tucker’s … Continue reading

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10 February 1863: “When we first began the life of a soldier our biscuits would have given a mule the despipsia; now rolls, light and luscious, grace our table.”

Item description: Letter, 2 February 1863, from Ruffin Thomson, 18th Mississippi Infantry Regiment, to his “Pa” (William H. Thomson). More about Ruffin Thomson: Ruffin Thomson was the oldest child and only son of William H. Thomson and Hannah Lavinia Thomson. He studied … Continue reading

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9 February 1863: “I was particularly edified by a Pocahontas in a low necked white mans lin saving the life of Captain Smith, (C.S. Uniform) from Powhatan gorgeously arrayed in Masonic regalia and feathers”

Item Description: Letter, 9 February 1863, from Benjamin Lewis Blackford to his mother, Mary B. Blackford, discussing events in Richmond. The Blackford family was a prominent, although not wealthy, Virginia family. Item Citation: From folder 84 of the Blackford Family Papers … Continue reading

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