Monthly Archives: April 2014

30 April 1864: Map “Jenkins Ferry, April 30 1864″

Item Description: “Jenkins Ferry, April 30 1864″ (map),  [Captain Richard Morton Venable, chief, Topographical Bureau for the District of West Louisiana and Arkansas, Confederate States Army]. Note: On April 29 and 30, 1864, Union troops fended an attack by Confederates … Continue reading

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29 April 1864: “Sir: I find it impossible to do much recruiting, without the assistance of a Guard and therefore I took the liberty of stopping Prvts Sealy and Shaw.”

Item Description: Letter, dated 29 April 1864, H.W. Brantley informing Col George W. Logan about the recruiting situation and his need of a guard in Vienna, LA. He mentions the illness of two other officers as well. [Item Transcription Available Below … Continue reading

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28 April 1864: “it is the duty of a soldier so to conduct himself as to dignify titles and not derive importance from them.”

Item Description: Correspondence, 28 April  and 8 May 1864, between General Edmund Kirby Smith  and Major General R. Taylor, in which Taylor expresses extreme dissatisfaction with Kirby Smith’s leadership and Kirby Smith denies his claims. Edmund Kirby-Smith was a United States and … Continue reading

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27 April 1864: “If elected I will do everything in my power to promote the interests, the honor and the glory of North Carolina, and to secure an honorable peace.”

Item description: This political advertisement by William W. Holden is found in the Hillsborough Recorder published on 27 April 1864. Holden announces his candidacy for governor of North Carolina, promising to “promote the interests, the honor and the glory of … Continue reading

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26 April 1864: “I had a long conversation with Gen Lee, a day or two ago since. He is in the highest of spirits…”

Item Description: Letter, dated 26 April 1864, from John Thomas Jones to his father, Edmund Walter Jones.  He describes movements in southern Virginia near Fredericksburg, camp life, and Lee’s North Carolina and Virginia strategy leading up to the Battle of … Continue reading

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25 April 1864: “I will let them rot and not disgace this Sheet by a recital of thier traitorous iniquities”

Item description: Chauncey Brunson Welton (1844-1908), a soldier in the 103rd Ohio Infantry Regiment, U.S. Army, wrote to his mother, Julia A. Welton, from camp at Bulls Gap in eastern Tennessee. His letter relates how his regiment had recently left … Continue reading

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24 April 1864: “If I could only look in upon you (wherever you are) I could cheer up and not have the blues again tonight. I wonder where you are and what you are doing?”

Item description: Letter, dated 24 April 1864, from Emma Clayton to her husband Thomas L. Clayton More about Thomas and Emma Clayton: Thomas L. Clayton (1834-1905) of Asheville, N.C., was the son of Ephraim Clayton (1804-1892) and Nancy McElroy Clayton (d. … Continue reading

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23 April 1864: “…it was heartrending to listen to their piteous appeals for mercy and soliciting interference on their behalf.”

Item description: Letter, dated 23 April 1864, from Bryan Grimes to his wife, Charlotte Emily Bryan.  Grimes describes challenges with the Confederate mail system and the necessity of the death penalty for deserters. [transcription available below images] Item citation: From … Continue reading

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22 April 1864: “. . . the principles enunciated by him, accord with the true spirit of our institutions, and constitute, in fact, the very ‘foundation stone’ of all liberty.”

Item Description: “Speech of Hon. A. H. Brown” (editorial), The Daily Conservative (Raleigh, N. C.), 22 April 1864, page 2, column 1. References: Speech of Hon. Alexander H. Stephens : delivered before the Georgia legislature, on Wednesday night, March 16th, … Continue reading

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21 April 1864: “…to complete the victory and capture the enemy now badly whipped and scattered.”

Item description: Letter, dated 21 April 1864, from Brigadier General John S. Marmaduke to Lieutenant Colonel J. F. Belton, Assistant Adjutant General under Brigadier General S. B. Maxey.  The letter gives and account of recent military engagements, including the Battle … Continue reading

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