Author Archives: avelte

26 April 1865: “Conference between General Sherman and General Johnston”

Item Description: An image published in Harper’s Weekly Newspaper depicting General Johnston and General Sherman meeting to negotiate terms of surrender. Jefferson Davis had ordered Johnston to continue fighting, but Johnston had heard about the General Lee’s surrender and recognized the … Continue reading

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24 April 1865: “the vessel and ways were put in order under my direction”

Item Description: Two telegraph reports from the U.S. Navy regarding the seizure of the C.S.S. Beaufort by the U.S.S. Maumee, and the seizure of a confederate tug boat by U.S.S. Phlox in the James River. These telegrams display of the actions … Continue reading

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19 April 1865: “By accepting the terms proposed, you will preserve Western Louisiana and Texas from the devastation and misery which have been the lot of nearly every Southern State”

Item Description: This is a copy of an official communication regarding negotiations between Grant and General Lee to the confederate army in Missouri. The communication asks for surrender to the terms made by the representing U.S. military official. Item Citation: From … Continue reading

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18 April 1865: “I feel provoked to hear the college bell sounding on as though the college was in full blast—a miserable set— not one true man among them and they desire to hand it down in History that the dear Yankees, did not interfere with the regular exercise of the college—when in truth there were not five students here when Wheeler left us.”

Item Description: Letter from Charles P. Mallet to his son Charles B. Mallet.  Written over the course of a few weeks, he describes the Confederate retreat from Chapel Hill and the Union occupation.  He describes the pillaging and foraging going … Continue reading

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April 13 1865: “it would be simply lunacy for Dick Ewell to go to Nashville. Whatever you may think of it I donot believe he would be safe from mob violence.”

Item Description: Letter from Thomas T. Gantt  to his cousin Lizinka Campbell Ewell. He advise her not to bring Richard Ewell or Campbell Brown to Nashville once they were paroled. Richard Ewell and Campbell Brown were captured by Federal troops … Continue reading

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8 April 1865: “Lee’s attack on Grant’s lines”

Item Description: These pages from Harper’s Weekly newspaper published on April 8th, 1865 contain images depicting events from the war. The articles shows update readers on the War in North Carolina and tell of Lee’s final attack on Grant’s lines … Continue reading

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7 April 1865: “The evacuation of Richmond Petersburg on Sunday last was a hard blow to our cause but I am not discouraged God will yet save us from our Enemies”

Item Description: A letter from a concerned father in Greensboro to his daughter in Chapel Hill who is staying with her Aunt and Uncle. He fears that if Raleigh falls, Chapel Hill will become violent, and is expresses concern that she … Continue reading

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5 April 1865: “We found that the rebel rams and gunboats had all been blown up.”

Item Description: This is a report of rear admiral Porter, U. S. Navy, regarding operations following the evacuation of Richmond. He reports on the progress of the removal of torpedoes left by Confederate ships. [Scans courtesy of Google Books and Cornell … Continue reading

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30 March 1865: “Oh Darling my heart yearns after you by day and night and if U could only look into it and see how it is filled with love”

Item Description: Letter from Edward Porter Alexander to his wife.  He writes about how much he misses her and the children. Item Citation: Folder 22a, in the Edward Porter Alexander Papers, #7, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North … Continue reading

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28 March 1865: “I am once more a free man, Thank God!”

Item Description: Stephen Tippet Andrews served in the 85th New York Infantry Regiment during the War. In Spring 1864 he was captured by the confederates and imprisoned in Columbia. This letter was written upon his release. He describes his escape from prison … Continue reading

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