Monthly Archives: September 2013

30 September 1863: “…we took the cars for Charlottes-ville, which place we reached without any remarkable incident …”

Item description: Diary entry, dated 30 September 1863, written by Charles Dabney.  He describes his journey to Charlottesville to begin classes at the University of Virginia. [transcription available below images] Item citation: From folder 1 of the Cornelius Dabney Diary … Continue reading

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29 September 1863: “How we are spreading ourselves as a family this year, hey?”

Item Description: Letter dated 29 September, 1863 to Edward “Porter” Alexander from his sister Harriet. In this letter, Harriet congratulates her brother on the birth of his twins, Edward Porter and Lucy Roy, by his wife, Bettie Mason Alexander. She also … Continue reading

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28 September 1863: “Lieutenant-Commander Gillis reported that ‘the blockade running in Mobjack Bay had been effectually stopped by placing the schooner Samuel Rotan at the mouth of York River.’”

Item description: “Report of Captain Gansevoort, U. S. Navy.” In this document, Captain Guert Gansevoort reports to Gideon Welles, Secretary of the Navy (United States), on naval actions and blockade running around Mobjack Bay (between the York and Rappahannock Rivers), … Continue reading

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27 September 1863: “It would be almost unspeakable joy to me to know that peace was made and I could return home again…”

Item Description:  Letter dated 27 September 1863, from John Fuller Coghill to his sister Mildred Coghill, describing movements and counter-movements of the 23rd Regiment N.C. troops, as well as his encounter with “Yankee” pickets. Item Citation:  Letter dated 27 September … Continue reading

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26 September 1863: “He snatched for the book but she clung to it and insisted upon keeping it…”

Item description: Diary entry, 26 September 1863, of William H. Tillson of Company E, 84th Illinois Infantry Regiment, United States Army. Tillson was captured by Confederate troops while foraging for water on 21 September 1863, the day after the Battle … Continue reading

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25 September 1863: “My whole heart & Soul have been with you & your brave Corps in your late battle.”

Item description: In this letter, 25 September 1863, General Robert E. Lee wrote to General James Longstreet with congratulations for brave fighting at the recent Battle of Chickamauga and urged him to return quickly to the Rapidan River in northern … Continue reading

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24 September 1863: “Truly the ways of providence are strange. But we have been taught that they are right.”

Item Description: Letter, 24 September 1863, from W.G. Lewis to his cousin Kemp Plummer Battle. The letter discusses military operations and the death of Kemp’s brother, Wesley Lewis Battle. [Transcription available below images]   Item Citation: From the Battle Family Papers #3223, Southern … Continue reading

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23 September 1863: “To have and to hold the aforesaid lands…”

Item Description: Land indenture in Orange County, North Carolina, dated 23 September 1863, from an Edmund Strudwick and William Augustus Graham to a Charles Freeland. Item Citation: Folder 205, William Graham Papers, #00285, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North … Continue reading

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22 September 1863: “If they are unsuccessful, we must nerve ourselves to face many new trials.”

ITEM DESCRIPTION: editorial, The Daily Journal (Wilmington, N. C.), 22 September 1863, page 2, column 1.  NB. The editorial describes the Battle of Chickamauga, fought 19-20 September 1863. TRANSCRIPTION: THE DAILY JOURNAL. CONFEDERATE STATES OF AMERICA. WILMINGTON, N. C., TUESDAY, SEPT’R. … Continue reading

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21 September 1863: “Such a drunken crowd you never have seen, Generals, Colonels, Majors [...]“

Item description: Letter, dated 21 September 1863, from John Andrew Ramsay to his cousin Julius.  Ramsay describes the movement of his company toward Tennessee, changes in command, and camp life.  He also requests boots be finished for him, and sends … Continue reading

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