Monthly Archives: April 2013

10 April 1863: “A great many spectators especially ladies _ for whom Genl Hardee has given the entertainment _ he has several at his house _ and this is the second or third time they have come up from Huntersville.”

Item description: Diary entry, 10 April 1863, by Taylor Beatty (b. 1837), a lawyer from Thibodaux, Lafourche Parish, Louisiana, serving under General Braxton Bragg . On 12 January 1863, General Bragg offered Beatty a position, which he accepted, in the … Continue reading

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8 April 1863: “My leg is finished at last, and I have been using it for over a week. It is, I suppose, as good as they make ‘em,’ but it is a wretched substitute for the one that I left in Virginia.”

Item description: Letter, dated 8 April 1863, from Walter W. Lenoir to his brother Thomas I. 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: [“Tucker’s … Continue reading

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7 April 1863: “I woald be glad for the ware to come to eand and we cold cone home.”

Item description: Letter, dated 7 April 1863, from William Sprinkle, located near Fredericksburg, to Thomas Poindexter.  This letter is part of a collection of material that was owned by John R. Peacock and transferred to the Southern Historical Collection in the … Continue reading

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6 April 1863: “I do not think it would be agreeable to military etiquette to call on a Col’s. wife and therefore, though I much desire her acquaintance, I think I must defer the pleasure until freed from my uniform.”

Item Description: Letter, 6 April 1863, from a Union solder named Carl, written in camp, New Bern, N.C., discussing the Confederate blockade of the river and the Union occupation of the town. The letter also mentions the free time the soldier had … Continue reading

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5 April 1863: Drawing of “Gunboat Princess Royal”

Item description: Drawing, dated 5 April 1863, of “Gunboat Princess Royal,” drawn by Herbert E. Valentine, a private in Company F of the 23rd Massachusetts Volunteers, who served in the United States Army between 1861 and 1864 in eastern Virginia, North … Continue reading

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4 April 1863: “Paid Mrs Suky midwifes fees…”

Item description: Receipt, dated 4 April 1863, presumably signed by Edmund Wilcox Hubard (E.W. Hubard), for midwifery services performed by “Mrs. Suky.” [Item transcription available below images.] From folder #185 in the Hubard Family Papers, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, … Continue reading

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3 April 1863: “The house servant that you wanted to buy, when down, I have not seen one that is for sale that I thought would suit.”

Item description: Note, 3 April 1863, to Ann McNeely of Salisbury, N.C., from W.T. Gilmore about the sale of cotton and the purchase of a house servant. Item citation: From folder 6 of the Macay and McNeely Family Papers #447, Southern … Continue reading

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2 April 1863: “Let the soldier laugh if he can.”

Item Description: editorial, The Daily Journal (Wilmington, N. C.), Thursday, 2 April 1863, page 2, column 1. Transcription: The performance to-night at the Theatre will pre- sent an unusual and attractive variety, as fоur pieces will be given, as well … Continue reading

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1 April 1863: “…and there obtain from Lt. Col. Logan a sufficient force of negroes …”

Item description: Letter, 1 April 1863, concerning slaves who were being impresssed into Confederate service at Fort Beauregard, La.                                           … Continue reading

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