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1 July 1864: “A negro man named Sam called at my house this morning, who says he was freed from his master’s farm in Mecklenburg (Dr. Burwell) by the Yankees this Sunday and was with them till Tuesday when he made his escape and is now trying to make his way home.”

Item Description:  A note dated 1 July 1864, from Blanche W. Sydnar to George W. Burwell, a physician, planter, and businessman of Mecklenburg County, Va., with the news of Sam, claiming that he had been forced from George’s home by … Continue reading

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30 June 1864: “The rebels still hold this big hill in our front, and there seems no disposition on the part of our Generals to hurry them off.”

Item Description:  Letter, dated 30 June 1864, from George Hovey Cadman to his wife. Cadman (fl. 1862-1864) was a soldier in the 39th Ohio Infantry Regiment during the Civil War. [Item transcription available below images.] Item Citation:  From the George … Continue reading

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29 June 1864: “It would amuse you to notice the sounds of the different shells. The Rodman gives a sharp snap like a thunderbolt striking when it is fired, and the shell whizzes through the air like the sound of a locomotive at full speed.”

Item Description:  Letter, dated 29 June 1864, from George Hovey Cadman to his wife. Cadman (fl. 1862-1864) was a soldier in the 39th Ohio Infantry Regiment during the Civil War. [Item transcription available below images.] Item Citation:  From the George … Continue reading

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28 June 1864: “You see, my love, that death is no respecter of persons, and that old and young die, at home as well as on the battlefield.”

Item Description: Letter, dated 28 June 1864, from George Hovey Cadman. Cadman (fl. 1862-1864) was a soldier, 39th Ohio Infantry Regiment, during the Civil War. [Item transcription available below images.] Item Citation:  From the George Hovey Cadman Papers, #122, Southern Historical … Continue reading

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27 June 1864: “…I told you that our company was then on the skirmish line but none of our boys had been brought in, and I supposed they were all safe. Alas, it was not so. We lost one of our best men, Corporal McFarland.”

Item Description:  Letter, dated 27 June 1864, from George Hovey Cadman to his wife Esther. Cadman (fl. 1862-1864) was a soldier in the 39th Ohio Infantry Regiment during the Civil War. [Item transcription available below images.] Item Citation:  From the … Continue reading

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26 May 1864: “AN ACT to provide Passports for Senators and Representatives in Congress, when traveling in the Confederate States.”

Item Description:   Confederate passport issued to James G. Ramsey and signed by Judah P. Benjamin, Secretary of State for the Confederate States of America (1862-1865).  James Graham Ramsay (1823-1903) attended Davidson College and Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia.  He practiced medicine … Continue reading

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22 May 1864: “[...]I hope I shant hear of any more deaths but I am afraid I shall if they don’t get rid of the small pox a round there[...]“

Item Description:  This letter, dated 22 May 1864, was penned by Eldridge B. Platt to his parents Enoch Platt and Sallie Bronson Platt, in Waterbury, Conn.  Platt discusses camp life, receiving payment, and fighting “rebs”.  He also expresses his concern over … Continue reading

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9 May 1864: “We have met the enemy at last and so far we have whipped him completely…”

Item Description:  Letter dated 9 May 1864, from James Augustus Graham to his mother.  This letter describes a skirmish with Yankees and the injuries and deaths within Graham’s company following the confrontation.  In terms of his own injuries, Graham tells his … Continue reading

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7 May 1864: “The enemy have been active but have accomplished nothing at all. They are regarded as badly whipped and greatly demoralized and from the tenor of this correspondence between wives, sweethearts and husbands.”

Item Description:  Letter dated 7 May 1864 from Bryan Grimes to his wife, Charlotte Emily Bryan Grimes.  He writes about the lewdness of Yankees, based on letters he has seen to Union wives.  Bryan Grimes (1828-1880) was a cotton planter of … Continue reading

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1 May 1864: “To the Ladies of Wilmington NC, I have been thinking for more than two years that I would write you a letter + for what you may ask am I writing you all this letter, for your kindness to us Georgia Soldiers.”

Item Description:  This Civil War letter, dated 1 May 1864,was written by R.H. Hutchinson, a confederate soldier from Georgia, to the Ladies of Wilmington, N.C.   In this letter, Hutchinson thanks the Ladies of Wilmington, N.C. for all of the … Continue reading

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