Monthly Archives: August 2013

31 August 1863: “Jack I hope you will not show this letter but burn it as soon as read.”

Item description: Letter, dated 31 August 1863, from Mrs. Catherine “Carrie” Roulhac to a friend named Jack.  She discusses his recent visit and the departure of fifty soldiers from Hillsboro to Charleston. Item citation: From Folder 85 of the Ruffin-Roulhac-Hamilton Family … Continue reading

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30 August 1863: “Be pleased to aid me in collecting these monies…”

Item Description: In a letter dated 30 August, 1863 from James Bryan to William Alexander Graham, Bryan details financial loans and happenings. William Alexander Graham was a lawyer, legislator, United States senator, Confederate senator, Secretary of the Navy, and Whig … Continue reading

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29 August 1863: “Col. Spear’s cavalry passing through the swamp.”

Item description: Illustrations from Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper, dated 29 August 1863, depicting troop movements in North Carolina. Item citation: Hertford County, N.C. “Col. Spear’s cavalry passing through the swamp.” 1863. Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper, August 29, 1863, p. 368. … Continue reading

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28 August 1863: “Compliments of Lieut. Genl. Hardee”

Item description: Published letter, dated 28 August 1863, of Genl. W.J. Hardee on the topic of organizing paroled soldiers. [item transcription available below image] Item citation: From folder 9 of the James T. Harrison Papers #2441, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson … Continue reading

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27 August 1863: “We left them in trouble on account Henrietta’s eldest child having diptheria”

Item description:  Letter, dated 27 August 1863, from Jane Gibert Pettigru North to her daughter, Jane Caroline “Carey” North Pettigrew.  In the letter, she discusses the lives and health of friends and family members, as well as her recent experience … Continue reading

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26 August 1863: “This is to certify that John Bradley…paid $500 rec’d his Certificate of exception for a year.”

Item description: Court order, written on 25 August 1863 and certified on 26 August 1863, certifying a conscription exemption for a plantation overseer.  The document shows $500 paid for the exemption and is an example of the so-called “Twenty-Slave Law” in … Continue reading

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25 August 1863: “I have no one elce […] he is the only one that can manage them. if he was taken from them now they would become a nuisance in the county.”

Item description: Letter, 25 August 1863, from Olivia Andrews, St. Joseph, La., to George Logan. Andrews, apparently a widowed plantation mistress, writes Logan to ask for a conscription exemption for her plantation overseer, John L. Dulaney, because she worries that his absence … Continue reading

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24 August 1863: “You are my best earthly gift.”

Item description: Letter, dated 24 August 1863, from Benjamin Franklin Little to his wife, Mary Jane Reid Little.  He describes his recovery from an amputation in a Union hospital in Gettysburg. [transcription available below image] Item citation: From folder 6 … Continue reading

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23 August 1863: “The grazing here is getting to be very scarce & bad & we have had no corn for two days past.”

Item description: Letter, dated 23 August 1863, from a Confederate army officer to General William Pendleton. The writer discusses food shortage and requests to move his command to Charlottesville, V.A. [transcription available below image] Item citation: From folder 34b of … Continue reading

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22 August 1863: “You say Father says I must “come down a peg or two;” I am willing, if he can prove to me that I am spending more than the necessary amount of money to carry me through this session.”

Item Description: Letter dated August 22, 1863 from John S. Henderson to his mother, sent from the University of North Carolina. The letter features a disagreement about living expenses between father and son (via his mother) that would likely resonate with … Continue reading

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