Monthly Archives: January 2014

31 January 1864: “some of the rebs says that they had to kill ther mules to keep from starving to death”

Item Description: 31 January 1864, letter from J. W. Clark, a Federal soldier at Camp Smith, Nashville, Tenn., to his brother giving news of friends and describing life around camp at Nashville. [Transcription available below image]   Item Citation: Folder 2, John … Continue reading

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30 January 1864: “I think the man by whom John Davis sent my other letter fell into the hands of the Yankees; I am very much afraid none of these letters will reach the destination.”

Item Description:  Diary entry dated 30 January 1864, written by Sarah Lois Wadley about her brother, William Wadley, joining the Confederate cavalry, but subsequently performing mostly quartermaster work.  This entry also describes Sarah’s worries regarding the difficulties of sending mail … Continue reading

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29 January 1864: “it is however extremely dull about this once lively city”

Item Description: Letter dated 29 January 1864 in which the siege of Charleston is mentioned. Item Citation: Folder 88, Ruffin, Roulhac, and Hamilton Family Papers, #643, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Item Transcription: … Continue reading

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28 January 1864: “Here we remained without interruption until the 15th of Nov, when a cavalry force of the enemy made its appearance opposite Warton’s ford”

Item Description: Report from Captain Harrington on Jones’ Battalion movements and actions from November 3rd until the 23rd while the battalion was under the command of Captain Harrington. Item Citation: Folder 37 in the William Nelson Pendleton Papers, #1466, Southern … Continue reading

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27 January 1864: “Dear relatives and friends I once more take up my pent to write you a few lines to inform you that I am as yet among the living.”

Item Description: Letter 27 January 1864 from Robert S. Sifford written from Hammond General Hospital at Point Lookout, Md., where he was a prisoner of war. The letter is generally addressed to family and friends and is meant to be … Continue reading

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26 January 1864: “A bill to be entitled An act to authorize the impressment of meat for the use of the army, under certain circumstances.”

Item Description:  This document, dated 26 January 1864, represents a copy of a bill to authorize the impressment of meat for the use of the Confederate army, under certain circumstances.  This bill was presented before the Confederate States of America … Continue reading

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25 January 1864: “He has had all the shops in Memphis pressed to shoe their horses preparitory to the raid.”

Item description: Diary entry, 25 January 1864, written by Samuel Andrew Agnew. Agnew grew up and attended college and seminary in Due West, S.C. In 1852, he moved to Mississippi, and thereafter lived in the northeastern part of the state, chiefly in … Continue reading

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24 January 1864: “It was a lovely day.”

Item Description: Diary entry, 24 January 1864. Brief entry describing a visit to church and a sick neighbor. Myra Inman was born in Cleveland, Tenn. in 1845 and lived in eastern Tennessee; her diary goes from 1860-1866. In 1876 she married … Continue reading

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23 January 1864: “Colored troops, under General Wild, liberating slaves in North Carolina.”

Item description: Illustration, published in Harper’s Weekly on 23 January 1864, entitled “Colored troops, under General Wild, liberating slaves in North Carolina.” The illustration depicts the liberation of slaves in Camden County, North Carolina. Item citation: From the North Carolina … Continue reading

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22 January 1864: “…Every man ought to represent only such means as properly belongs to him; otherwise taxation might be very unequal.”

Item description: In this letter dated 22 January 1864, Gunn & Bowe Boot and Shoe Makers sent to Thomas Ruffin the remaining cents due on a note they had paid off in October 1863. Gunn & Bowe could not help … Continue reading

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