Monthly Archives: March 2013

21 March 1863: “Her bondage, if such it can be called, sits lightly upon her; but she has no sympathy for rebels…”

Item description: Published letter, dated 21 March 1863, written by Corporal Zenas T. Haines, Company D, 44th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment. The letter is an excerpt from Haines’ account, Letters from the Forty-Fourth Regiment M.V.M.: A Record of the Experience of a Nine … Continue reading

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20 March 1863: “…will you do me the favor to have the boy placed in jail before he is aware that the Dr. doesn’t get him, or I fear he will run off before I can get him.”

Item Description:  Letter, dated 20 March 1863, from T. George Walton to O. Bartlett, Esq., relating to the sale of a slave and the seller’s refusal to accept Confederate money. Item Citation: 20 March 1863 letter from folder 151, in the … Continue reading

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19 March 1863: “It makes a man feel strong to know that he is all the world to somebody”

Item Description: Letter,19 March 1863, from Charles W. Hill, serving with the 5th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry in New Bern, N.C., to his wife Martha Hill in West Medway, Mass. Letter mentions military movements of his regiment and brigade, dislike of a superior officer’s … Continue reading

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18 March 1863: “…Be not troubled with any of my relatives as they have no reason & will give you a great deal of annoyance if you listen to all their wants.”

Item description: In this letter, 18 March 1863, James Cathcart Johnston, a planter in eastern North Carolina, wrote to his friend Mr. Henry J. Futrell about a shipment of tools that he would convey via a third party. Clandestine movement … Continue reading

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17 March 1863: “I have a frail good for nothing body, but I have more heart for the work than some of these big fellows…”

Item description: Letter, 17 March 1863, from D.H. Hill to James Longstreet, Goldsboro, N.C., requesting Ransom’s brigade or another be ordered to Goldsboro to help fortify Kinston, N.C., while other brigades moved on Greenville, N.C. Item citation: From the D. … Continue reading

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16 March 1863: “several of the citizens of my parish have hired out some of these slaves since the act of the Legislature…”

Item description: Letter, 16 March 1863, concerning La. sheriffs impressing slaves into Confederate service at Fort Beauregard, La. More about George W. Logan: George William Logan (1828-1896) was born in Charleston, S.C., to George William Logan and Anna d’Oyley Glover … Continue reading

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15 March 1863: “Mr. Wells has my receipts for the boys Christopher, Cushinbury, & Joe, Call on him for the receipts…”

Item description: Letter, 15 March 1863, from V.O. Bryan to Col. George Logan, concerning impressed slaves who were not returned to their owner. More about George W. Logan: George William Logan (1828-1896) was born in Charleston, S.C., to George William … Continue reading

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14 March 1863: “Sallie and I are studing Caesar it is as hard as it can be …”

Item description: On 14 March 1863, Sue Hubard, daughter of Edmund Wilcox Hubard, wrote a long letter to a cousin describing school life, teachers, and pupils. From folder #184, box 16, in the Hubard family papers, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson … Continue reading

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13 March 1863: “I was crowded to the wall, and was compelled to retire, the only alternative being to resign, or make war upon the President.”

Item description: Letter, 13 March 1863, from Gustavus Woodson Smith to Edmund Kirby-Smith. G.W. Smith writes to Kirby-Smith regarding a promotion for his friend, Jilson P. Johnson. He also comments on the recent resignation of his commission as major general. … Continue reading

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12 March 1863: “The Yankees have erected a small earthwork immediately opposite New Berne at a place called Barrington’s Ferry.”

Item description: Entry, dated 12 March 1863, from the diary of Henry King Burgwyn, Jr. More about Henry King Burgwyn, Jr.: Henry King “Harry” Burgwyn, Jr. (1841-1863), known as “The Boy Colonel,” was the oldest son of Henry King Burgwyn … Continue reading

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