Monthly Archives: November 2013

30 November 1863: “Praying that I may come out unhurt and that God will spare me to return home […]”

Item description: Letter, dated 30 November 1863, from James A. Graham to his mother, Susannah Sarah Washington Graham.  He writes from the “line of battle” in Virginia, describing maneuvers and engagements of the Mine Run Campaign. Item citation: From folder … Continue reading

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29 November 1863: “Gen. Bragg will fight again, and I hope his soldiers will do better. Some of them are said to have left the field without firing a gun”

Item Description: Letter, dated 29 November, 1863 from Nathaniel Henry Rhodes Dawson to his wife Elodie Todd Dawson (sister of Mary Todd Lincoln) from Montgomery, Alabama. The letter describes Dawson’s time as legislature and rumors about the campaign in Chattanooga. … Continue reading

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28 November 1863: “abate the pride, assuage the malice, and confound the devices of our enemies.”

Item: “Prayers for Peace” (editorial), The Daily Journal (Wilmington, N.C.), 28 November 1863, page 2 column 2. Transcription: From the Richmond Dispatch [The Daily Dispatch, 26 November 1863] Prayers for peace. The recommendation of Pius IX. that, on the 1st … Continue reading

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27 November 1863: “We have enough from the hire of hands to live comfortably upon & surely never did people meet kinder friends than we have done.”

Item description: Letter, dated 27 November 1863, from Frances Devereux Polk at Asheville, N.C., to Harriett [last name unknown], in which there is a description of family events of the previous year, including their removal to Asheville. Item citation: From folder 4 … Continue reading

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26 November 1863: “I know of no more fitting resting place for a brave soldier than the battle field in which he has laid down his life in the defense of the rights of his Country”

Item description: letter, 26 November 1863, from Robert E. Lee to R.H. Graves in which he regretfully acknowledges the loss of Captain H. A. Gordan at Gettysburg and the impossibility of recovering his body. He concludes that the battlefield is … Continue reading

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25 November 1863: “Ah the bitter humiliations of this disastrous day.”

Item description: Entry, dated 25 November 1863, in the D. Coleman Diary, describing engagements in Tennessee.  Captain Coleman describes in detail the Confederate defeat at the Battle of Missionary Ridge, following the Battle of Lookout Mountain in the Chattanooga Campaign. … Continue reading

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24 November 1863: “for horses will be horses next spring if we live to see the time”

Item Description:  Letter, 24 November 1863, in which Parker informs his parents that his horse was condemned by the Army, and asks them about the possibility of him buying another horse and keeping it with them during the winter. Parker served … Continue reading

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23 November 1863: “Instead of it being a Battle monument celebration, it was the dedication of a soldier’s cemetery at Gettysburgh, Penn.”

Item Description:  Letter dated 23 November 1863, from Elias Winans Price to his sister Henrietta McDowell Price,  describing the cemetery dedication ceremonies at Gettysburg, Pa., which he attended.  Elias Winans Price, born in 1829, served in Company A, 5th New … Continue reading

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22 November 1863: “In the day one negro woman was killed in ‘Beaufane’ or ‘Bofane’ street, near ‘King.’ At night the shells fell thick and fast around the Mills House.”

Item description: Letter, 22 November 1863, from Jeremy Francis Gilmer to his wife Louisa Fredericka Alexander Gilmer. In the letter, Gilmer describes shelling taking place in the city of Charleston, S.C. More about Jeremy Francis Gilmer: Jeremy Francis Gilmer was born … Continue reading

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21 November 1863: “In Buncombe the cavalry are scouring the country gathering up every man they find of conscript age and they have taken some that are beyond the age”

Item description: In this diary entry, dated 21 November 1863, Samuel A. Agnew recorded some of his usual comments on the weather and his doings and also noted the cavalry’s apparent ruthlessness in rounding up conscripts in Buncombe, Miss. Samuel … Continue reading

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