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10 April 1865: “the conviction had become established in the minds of a large majority of our best officers, + men that the army in its extremely reduced state could not be extricated from its perilous condition”

Item description: Three items from the day after the surrender at Appomattox Court House. The first is a paroled prisoner’s pass. Upon surrender, Confederate soldiers received paroles allowing them to return home without fear of arrest as long as they did … Continue reading

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3 April 1865: “You will be careful and thorough in dragging the river for torpedoes and send men along the banks to cut the wire.”

Item Description: Report of Lieutenant Commander R. Chandler, United States Navy, 3 April 1865, regarding the removal of obstructions in the James River, transmitting instructions to Union navy ships on the James River in Virginia for similar operations. [Scans courtesy of Google Books … Continue reading

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18 March 1865: “I will be 27 years old, almost four years older than when you last saw me.”

Item Description: In a letter dated 18 March 1865, Felix Buchanan rights home and discusses the scarcity of mail, that his age was 27, that he had been wounded three times since last writing home, and that he had not been … Continue reading

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17 March 1865: “I have sent her to New Orleans for adjudication, together with papers found on board and the proper witnesses required.”

Item description: Report of Commander William Spicer, of the U.S.S. Quaker City, United States Navy, to Gideon Welles, Secretary of the Navy, regarding the capture of the blockade-running schooner the George Burkhardt. Item citation: Official records of the Union and … Continue reading

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6 March 1865: ” What have you decided to do with your family and yourself in case the enemy come to Raleigh?”

Item Description: William Horn Battle was born in Edgecombe County in 1802, graduated from the University of North Carolina in 1820. He served on a commission that revised the statutory laws of North Carolina in 1833. In 1840, he was appointed … Continue reading

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21 January 1865: “the feeling owing on people that negroes right to be considered, is gaining strength daily”

Item Description: A letter written to Walter Lenoir from his cousin W. Bingham regarding the opening of his school, and his hopes for creating the moral character of the boys there. Walter Lenoir was a lawyer during the Civil War, … Continue reading

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18 January 1865: “I hope the war will be over and the rebellion crushed before another Christmas comes around”

Item Description: A letter from Robert Stuart Finley to his fiancee, Mary A. Cabeen, describing his movements with his Regiment through Georgia and South Carolina. He served in the 30th Illinois Infantry. He describes skirmishes on their way to Beaufort, as well overcoming the African … Continue reading

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12 January 1865: “…wish I had been born here instead of in Georgia! That whole State is utterly demoralized, and ready to go back into the Union.”

Item description: Entry, dated 12 January 1865, from the diary of Emma Florence LeConte, the daughter of scientist Joseph LeConte of Columbia, S.C. Item citation: From the Emma LeConte Diary, #420-z, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at … Continue reading

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4 January 1865: “Father said the Yanks made a clean sweep of everything, and we have lost all our worldly possessions except the few negroes here.”

Item description: Entry, dated 4 January 1865, from the diary of Emma Florence LeConte, the daughter of scientist Joseph LeConte of Columbia, S.C. Item citation: From the Emma LeConte Diary, #420-z, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at … Continue reading

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3 January 1865: “I went to the dairy to get a bucket with a little milk in it, a yankee came running half bent asking “what you got” I turned it bottom upwards and kept on”

Item Description: A letter from Alabama describing what the Union Army took during their occupation, as well as some of the conditions of the confederate people and animals.   Item Citation: From Folder 271, in the Pettigrew Family Papers #592, Southern Historical … Continue reading

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