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11 February 1864: “…should my life be spared through this war, I should so much like to have a little daughter to cheer our home.”

Item Description:  Letter dated 11 February 1864, from Samuel J. C. Moore to his wife, Ellen, describing  a skirmish at Morton’s Ford on the Rapidan River.  Samuel J. C. Moore, lawyer and planter of Berryville, Clarke County, Va., was an … 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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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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19 January 1864: “…the Rail Road now being constructed between Danville and Greensboro…”

Item Description:  Letter dated 19 January 1864 from Henry St. George Offutt, Chief of the Cantract Bureau of the Confederate Postal Department, Richmond, Va., to Thomas A. Ratliff, Postmaster of Wentworth, N.C., concerning mail routes between Danville, Va., and Greensboro, … Continue reading

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23 November 1863: “Instead of it being a Battle monument celebration, it was the dedication of a soldier’s cemetery at Gettysburgh, Penn. On the Old Battle Field, where the battle was fought, on the ever memorable days of 1st 2nd and 3rd of July 1863…”

Item Description:  Letter dated 23 November 1863, from Elias Winans Price to his sister Henrietta McDowell Price,  describing the cemetery dedication ceremonies at Gettysburg, Pa., which he attended.  Elias Winans Price, born in 1829, served in Company A, 5th New … Continue reading

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20 November 1863: “I hope that you will continue in prayer for me that I may be able to discharge my duties as a Christian soldier while I am permitted to live in this unfriendly world of sorrow.”

Item Description:  Letter dated 20 November 1863, from Calvin Leach to his mother Rebecca Leach, discussing military life and activities, as well as the conditions of other soldiers from his hometown.  Calvin Leach was born in 1843 and was the … Continue reading

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16 November 1863: “I know of no more fitting resting place for a brave soldier than the battlefield on which he has laid down his life in the defense of the rights of his Country.”

Item Description:  Letter dated 16 November 1863, from Robert E. Lee to R. H. Graves, about locating the remains of Captain H. A. Gordon at Gettysburg.  Robert E. Lee was a United States Army officer, 1829-1861; commander of Virginia forces in … Continue reading

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30 October 1863: “My mind often steals away from the horrors of war and retrace the footprints of youth and pleasure.”

 Item Description:  Letter dated 30 October 1863, from Jacob H. Hanes to his sister Catherine E. Hanes, discussing friends and family, as well as details of the war such as encounters with Union soldiers, rations, and casualties.  This letter was … Continue reading

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27 October 1863: “Consequently, the hard and long marches broke them down, so much so, that they were discharged. “

Item Description:  Letter dated 27 October 1863, from Thomas D. DuBose to Lieutenant Hamilton, in regards to the possibility of young men discharged during the Civil War, serving in Hamilton’s guard.  DuBose would like for Lieutenant Hamilton to give special … Continue reading

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22 October 1863: “…for consolation I can only give you your elder brother’s maxim of ‘Try somebody else.’”

Item Description:  Letter dated 22 October 1863, from Roulhac to Willie, recounting details of Willie’s failed attempt at elopement.  Roulhac also asks Willie to attend to “some business” regarding his boots. Item Citation:  Letter dated 22 October 1863, found in … Continue reading

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