Monthly Archives: July 2013

31 July 1863: “Reid was taken a prisoner and was killed while he was going off over the field so I did not see him any more but I reckoned that he was willing to die…”

Item Description: Letter, dated 31 July 1863, from J. F. Coghill to his sister Mit. Coghill served with the 23rd North Carolina regiment and survived the war, living until 1926. [Item transcription available below images.] Item Citation: Folder 1 of the John … Continue reading

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30 July 1863: “When north and south have been sufficiently humbled God will turn away his wrath from us.”

Item Description: A 30 July 1863 letter relates family casualties at Gettysburg (one member dead and another severely wounded) from M.J. Blackwell to his sister-in-law, Margaret Blackwell. [Item transcription below image] Item Citation: From Folder 1 of the Margaret E. Blackwell Papers … Continue reading

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29 July 1863: “If Sutch men as yo are is christians of heaven i want to know who is the hippocrits of hell”

Item Description: Letter, dated 29 July 1863, from Wilse Dial, James Dial, and Calvin Dial, three Unionists, probably in the mountains of North Carolina or Tennessee, addressed to Capt. Quill Hunter, possibly a Confederate conscription officer, threatening retaliation against attempts … Continue reading

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28 July 1863: “Gov I want to ask of you to give me a place if in your power in my own state NC”

Item Description: Letter, 28 July 1863, from W. T. Dickinson to Governor Zebulon Vance requesting placement in North Carolina. Dickinson survived Gettysburg and was in Virginia when petitioning Governor Vance. Item Citation: Folder 205, Zebulon Baird Vance Papers, #3952, Southern Historical Collection, … Continue reading

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27 July 1863: “I was in Richmond a few days ago when Gen Pettigrew’s body was carried through there.”

Item Description:  Letter, dated 27 July 1863, written by James Augustus Graham, stationed in Virginia, to his mother, residing in Hillsborough, NC. James Graham served in the 27th North Carolina Infantry Regiment, Confederate States of America and lived until 1908. … Continue reading

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26 July 1863: “…if it had not been for the warning of the slave he know doubt would have been captured perhaps murdered.”

Item identification: Diary entry by Levi Fritz, dated 26 July 1863.  Fritz discusses troop movements around Warrenton, Virginia, and recounts the story of a Union soldier being warned by a slave about an imminent ambush. Item citation: From folder 1 … Continue reading

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25 July 1863: General Orders No. 103

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24 July 1863: “…Nat Went in to the Battle in Pennsylvania and he supposed he was killed he had not bin herd since…”

Item description: Letter, dated 24 July 1863, from Sally A. Bouldin to her “dear sister” Sally Hundley, reporting that her husband Nat was missing and presumed to have been killed during the Battle of Gettysburg. Item citation: From folder 2 … Continue reading

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23 July 1863: “I have made myself a leg which I am beginning to use in walking about the farm.”

Item Description: Letter, dated 23 July 1863, from Walter Waightstill Lenoir to his brother.  Walter was a lawyer in Lenoir, N.C. before the war.  He had enlisted in the North Carolina 58th Infantry by early 1862 but was wounded at Ox … Continue reading

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22 July 1863: “The life, career, and death of young Burgwyn, convey a lesson to the youth of this Confederacy…”

Item Description: Obituary of Col. Henry K. Burgwyn, 22 July 1863, published in a Raleigh newspaper.  The obituary uses quotes from letters by Stonewall Jackson and D. H. Hill to describe Burgwyn’s character and concludes with extracts from letters written by … Continue reading

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