Monthly Archives: August 2014

31 August 1864: “My woman Angelina gave the little boy Wilson a most unmerciful thrashing.”

Item Description: Diary entry, dated 31 August 1864, written by John Houston Bills. Bills was a Tennessee planter who was active in the Democratic Party, the Freemasons, a temperance society, and was a friend of President James K. Polk.  Diary … Continue reading

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30 August 1864: “extra pay will be allowed certain men in General Hospitals…”

Item Description: A circular, dated 30 August 1864, from the War Department, Surgeon General’s Office regarding extra pay for certain men in General Hospitals. Item Citation: Circular no. 17. Richmond : Surgeon-General’s Office, 1864. 1004.5 Conf., Rare Book Collection, Wilson … Continue reading

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23 August 1864: “We are in the trenches near Petersburg”

Item description: Letter from William Martin. Martin’s letter of 23 August 1864 stated that he was entrenched near Petersburg, Va. He also related that Benjamin Brown had been wounded in the hand. The same letter comments on short rations and … Continue reading

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22 August 1864: “It is also rumered that a raiding party is in our rear composed of 6000 Yanks.”

Item Description: A letter from J. J. Jacocks to his brother from the battle line around Atlanta. He describes several deaths that have occurred and a brief account of their situation. Item Citation: From Folder 7, in the Jonathan Jacocks Papers … Continue reading

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20 August 1864: “it is also rumored that a raiding party is in our rear composed of 6000 Yanks.”

Item Description:  Letter from J. I. Jacocks to his brother.  He writes that he fought in the battle on July 22nd and that his company lost 4 men but took many prisoners.  He also states that it is rumored that … Continue reading

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12 August 1864: “an investigation of the negroes of the neighborhood during the Yankee Raid.”

Item Description:  An invitation to George W. Burwell to attend an a trial investigating the conduct of negroes during a Union raid. He was a business man and physician in Virginia. Item Citation: From Folder 7, in the George W. Burwell Papers #4291, … Continue reading

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11 August 1864: “hear some vague rumours about our position there which awaken much anxiety and disquiet in our minds”

Item Description: Diary entry dated 11 August 1864 by Sarah Lois Wadley. In this entry she recounts the company that she has kept throughout the past weeks. She also briefly mentions her brother’s health as well. Item Citation: From volume … Continue reading

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10 August 1864: “Hoping that this application may receive your favorable consideration”

Item Description: Request by Lieutenant R. G. Smith to Major J. K. Gourdain asking that men confined in the Guard house with no pending charges be transferred to the 2nd Louisiana Battalion Heavy Artillery, Company B. Item Citation: In Folder … Continue reading

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4 August 1864: “Election day. Voted for Vance.”

Item Description: Diary entry dated 4 August 1864 written by Leonidas Jones. He was superintendent of the Western Railroad in Fayetteville. Item Citation: Volume 2 of Leonidas Campbell Jones diaries, #04523, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina … Continue reading

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3 August 1864: “I pray fervently for divine help.”

Item Description: Diary entry dated 3 August 1864 from Sarah Lois Wadley. She writes of her brother’s illness and news that she has heard about the War. Item Citation: From volume 4 (folder 5) in the Sarah Lois Wadley Papers, … Continue reading

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