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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21 August 1864: “Yet I have puzzled, and planned, and worried, till my head has grown sick”

Item Description: Letter from Annie to her “Sister-Cousin” Mary. She writes sorrowfully of her difficulties in teaching at Kentucky, where it appears she has recently moved. Item Citation: Folder 2, Confederate Papers, #172, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of … 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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18 August 1864: “I am sorry you could not hear from your son”

Item Description: Letter dated 18 August 1864 from Susan Foster to Mrs. Joiner. She seeks to help Mrs. Joiner in obtaining additional information about her son after his injury. The post from August 2nd documents Susan Foster’s first letter to … Continue reading

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17 August 1864: “how I had long desired to join the Church”

Item Description: Diary entry dated 17 August 1864 from Sarah Lois Wadley. She writes about the impending visit of an episcopal minister and her desire to join the church. Item Citation: From volume 4 (folder 5) in the Sarah Lois … Continue reading

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16 August 1864: “Tell her I had rather the ladies of K__ + C__ would not marry until I return.”

Item Description: Letter dated 16 August 1864, written by K. Johnston to his mother. He gives detailed advice about the work around their property back home. Item Citation: Folder 2, Confederate Papers, #172, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of … Continue reading

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15 August 1864: “my heart is tonight agitated and troubled”

Item Description: Diary entry dated 15 August 1864 from Sarah Lois Wadley. She writes about her brother Willie returning to camp and the rumors that she has heard about the fighting around her. Item Citation: From volume 4 (folder 5) … Continue reading

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