Monthly Archives: May 2013

21 May 1863: “I have seen the battle field of Chancelorsville and I am inclined to think that it has been greatly exaggerated…”

Item description: Letter, 21 May 1863, from John A. Ramsay to Julius D. Ramsay. John A. Ramsay of Salisbury, N.C., was captain of the Rowan Artillery, later Company D, 10th North Carolina Artillery Regiment, which served with the Army of … Continue reading

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20 May 1863: “…was recovered against him by the Confederate States…”

Item Description: A legal document describing the seizure of assets belonging to Thomas J. Judkins of Warren County by the Confederate government. More About This Item: The papers of Joseph Ramsey, a lawyer living in Rocky Mount, N.C., include documents relating to … Continue reading

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19 May 1863: ” . . . we begin to breathe more freely and to cast our eyes towards the Southwest with less misgivings than we had last week.”

Item: Editorial, The Daily Journal (Wilmington, N. C.), 19 May 1863, page 2, column 1. Transcription: Now that we know that General JOHNSTON has got down to the vicinity of Jackson and Vicksburg and taken the management of things in … Continue reading

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18 May 1863: “We shall look for further news from that quarter with much interest.”

Item: editorials and advertisements, The Daily Journal (Wilmington, N. C.), 18 May 1863, page 2, columns 1 and 2. Notes: 1) The Siege of Vicksburg began on 18 May 1863.  2) Colonel Thomas Purdie, of the 18th North Carolina Regiment, … Continue reading

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17 May 1863: “Say nothing about my writing so it will get out publicly. If I attempt it, I want it put through”

Item Description: Letter, 17 May 1863, Robert W. Parker to  to his wife, Rebecca Louise Fitzhugh Walker Parker, about possibly finding a substitute for him in the war. Parker served in the 2nd Virginia Cavalry of the Confederate States of America … Continue reading

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16 May 1863: “one thing I can say I was not in the least scart and filled up my pipe and had a good smoke while the bullets were fling pretty nimbly.”

Item Description: Letter, 16 May 1863, from George Washington Baker to his sister describing the Battle of Chancellorsville. Baker hailed from Washington County, N.Y., and served with Company K, 123rd New York Volunteers in the Civil War. The collection includes letters … Continue reading

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15 May 1863: “I am sorry to inform you that I unfortunately fell into the hands of the enemy on Sunday the 3rd inst.”

Item description: Letter, 15 May 1863, from Corporal Andrew J. Proffit to his father, William Proffit of Wilkes County, N.C., in which the son described his unsuccessful attempt to protect the North Carolina 18th Regiment’s colors (and himself) from capture … Continue reading

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14 May 1863: “… there was no Regiment under a hotter or longer fire than our Regiment and none stood fire better.”

Item description: Letter, dated 14 May 1863, from George Washington Baker to his mother.  Baker, a lieutenant in Company K, 123rd New York Volunteers, hailed from Washington County, NY.  In this letter he describes the battle of Chancellorsville and his attempt … Continue reading

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13 May 1863: “If you had known Ives you would be better able to understand the regret which we feel at his loss.”

Item description: Letter, 13 May 1863, from E.A. Evertson to Kate deRosset Meares. Evertson and Meares both served, at one time, on the faculty at St. Mary’s School in Raleigh, N.C. Evertson writes to deliver the news of the death … Continue reading

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12 May 1863: “In accepting your resignation as Military Governor of North Carolina, I cannot but express my regret that the Government, in this trying hour, should lose the benefit of your able and patriotic service.”

Item description: This letter was written by Edwin M. Stanton, United States Secretary of War, to Edward Stanly, who had served as Military Governor of North Carolina. In it Stanton comments on the “zeal and fidelity” Stanly showed while dealing … Continue reading

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