Monthly Archives: June 2013

19 June 1863: “I wish you could see Johnnie in his dress, it hangs & fits beautifully.”

Item description: Letter, dated 19 June 1863, from Annie Maney Schon in Atlanta, Georgia, to her sister Bettie Maney Kimberly.  The letter discusses the sewing of clothes, as well as whether the sisters’ parents would take the oath of allegiance … Continue reading

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18 June 1863: “. . . dismissed, probably forever.”

Item description: Brief entry, dated 18 June 1863, from 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 … Continue reading

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17 June 1863: ” I wish I could have felt more lively and bouyant while at home, but it is attributable to the depression which pervades the whole country.”

Item Description: Letter, 17 June 1863, from Second Lieutenant Leonidas L. Polk to his wife. Leonidas La Fayette Polk (1837-1892) of Anson County, N.C., was a planter; editor; merchant; Confederate officer in the 26th and 43rd North Carolina infantry regiments; Democrat and … Continue reading

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16 June 1863: “…I tell you we are going to give it to them this time…”

 Item description: Letter, dated 16 June 1863, from Eldridge B. Platt to his family, including parents Enoch and Sallie Bronson Platt, of Waterbury, Connecticut. Eldridge B. Platt (b. 1847) enlisted as a drummer in the 2nd Connecticut Light Battery on 12 … Continue reading

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15 June 1863: “It is reported that our army will not be allowed to plunder or rob in Pennsylvania […]”

Item description: Letter, dated 15 June 1863, from General Lafayette McLaws to his wife, Emily.  He describes his division receiving orders to march into Pennsylvania, as well as orders for the army to not “plunder and rob.” Item citation: From … Continue reading

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14 June 1863: “The captain, without hesitation, acknowledged her to be a Confederate vessel and stated his cargo to consist of liquors, medicines, drugs, and provisions, with probably some articles for the rebel Government.”

Item description: “Capture of Confederate steamer Calypso, June 11, 1863. Report of Commander Bankhead, U. S. Navy, commanding U. S. S. Florida.” The report discusses the capture of the Confederate steamer Calypso off the North Carolina coast. The ship was … Continue reading

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13 June 1863: “In regards to discharge of negroes…”

Item description: Letter, 13 June 1863, concerning a slave named Harvey who has not been returned from impressment at Fort Beauregard, La. More about George W. Logan: George William Logan (1828-1896) was born in Charleston, S.C., to George William Logan … Continue reading

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12 June 1863: “we have been living entirely on credit, & obliged to remove one daughter from school.”

Item description: Letter, 12 June 1863, from Mary E. Bell to William S. Pettigrew. In the letter, Bell describes her family’s misfortunes and asks for monetary aid from Pettigrew so that she may pay for her daughter’s school fees to … Continue reading

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11 June 1863: “…News from all quarters is that desertion is progressing to an alarming extent and disloyalty is every where increasing and growing bolder”

Item description: In this diary entry of 11 June 1863, David Schenck (1835-1902),  who during the war held the post of receiver in Lincoln County, N.C., under the Sequestration Act, confided his doubts about the Confederacy’s chances for success. Not … Continue reading

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10 June 1863: “All along the route the streets were crowded to excess, and the win-dows were filled with ladies, who cheered the men with a will as they marched along.”

Item description: Excerpt from account written by Corporal Zenas T. Haines (Company D, 44th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment), titled Letters from the Forty-Fourth Regiment M.V.M.: A Record of the Experience of a Nine Months’ Regiment in the Department of North Carolina … Continue reading

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