Monthly Archives: October 2013

31 October 1863: “The objects of this association is to diminish the exorbitant rates at which the necessaries of life are selling…”

Item Description: On 31 October 1863, Cornelius noted attending a meeting of the Albemarle Mutual Relief Association. This organization was formed to try to combat the high prices brought about by the war, by buying in bulk at good prices … Continue reading

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30 October 1863: “My mind often steals away from the horrors of war and retrace the footprints of youth and pleasure.”

 Item Description:  Letter dated 30 October 1863, from Jacob H. Hanes to his sister Catherine E. Hanes, discussing friends and family, as well as details of the war such as encounters with Union soldiers, rations, and casualties.  This letter was … Continue reading

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29 October 1863: “Cotton is the King. He gets into queer corners and obtrudes himself where his neighbors don’t like him to come.”

Item Description: “Wilmington” (editorial), The Daily Journal (Wilmington, N.C), 29 October 1863, page 2, column 1. Transcription: No one familiar with the aspects of this place prior to 1861, can fail to recognize the marked difference in the Wilmington of … Continue reading

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28 October 1863: “I am the only officer with our Co now. The Co is a mere shadow of what it was when we left Gordonsville about 3 weeks ago.”

Item description: In this letter, 28 October 1863, James Augustus Graham, an officer in Company G (Orange Guards), 27th North Carolina Infantry Regiment, wrote again to his parents about the recent Battle of Bristoe Station. He provided a detailed description … Continue reading

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27 October 1863: “Consequently, the hard and long marches broke them down, so much so, that they were discharged. “

Item Description:  Letter dated 27 October 1863, from Thomas D. DuBose to Lieutenant Hamilton, in regards to the possibility of young men discharged during the Civil War, serving in Hamilton’s guard.  DuBose would like for Lieutenant Hamilton to give special … Continue reading

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26 October 1863: “The plan was to make me responsible for Polk’s supposed delinquency & give Pemberton the Corps. Polk’s manliness and P’s sense of propriety defeated the scheme.”

Item Description: “The following interesting letter, descriptive of the quarrels in the Confederate States’ Army, is printed from the original letter, now before us. We are indebted for it to our friend, Captain C. W. Elwell, of New York City.–Ed. … Continue reading

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25 October 1863: “His wife went to see him but he was buried the day before she reached Atlanta.”

Item description: Entry, dated 25 October 1863, from the dairy of Samuel A. Agnew.  Agnew describes a church service and news from engagements in Tennessee, Georgia, South Carolina, and Virginia. [transcription available below images] Item citation: From folder 9 of … Continue reading

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24 October 1863: “…the undersigned hereby assumes Command of the Department and Army of the Tennessee.”"

Item Description: General Orders, dated 24 October 1863, signed by Major General William T. Sherman and written to Major General James McPherson.  In this order, Sherman assumes command of the Department and Army of the Tennessee and names R. M. … Continue reading

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23 October 1863: “Be Kind to the Soldier”

Item Description: “Be Kind to the Soldier.” (newspaper editorial) Semi-weekly North-Carolina Standard (Raleigh), 23 October 1863. Transcription: Be Kind to the Soldier. The Editor of the Biblical Recorder, in his account of his recent journey to the Western part of … Continue reading

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22 October 1863: “…for consolation I can only give you your elder brother’s maxim of ‘Try somebody else.’”

Item Description:  Letter dated 22 October 1863, from Roulhac to Willie, recounting details of Willie’s failed attempt at elopement.  Roulhac also asks Willie to attend to “some business” regarding his boots. Item Citation:  Letter dated 22 October 1863, found in … Continue reading

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