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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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2 January 1865: “We had a very pleasant evening and were regaled in honour of the new year, which yesterday being Sunday was celebrated today, with egg-nog, Confederate cake and pop-corn.”

Item description: Entry, dated 2 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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28 December 1864: “our only pleasure now is in seeing our friends”

Item Description: Entry dated 28 December 1864 from the journal of Fanny Cohen Taylor, describing Northern occupation of Savannah, Georgia.  Item Citation: Folder 46, Volume 7, Phillips and Myers Family Papers, #00596, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel … Continue reading

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26 December 1864: “If we are Conquered I see no reason why we should receive our enemies as friends”

Item Description: Entry dated 26 December 1864 from the journal of Fanny Cohen Taylor, describing Northern occupation of Savannah, Georgia.  Item Citation: Folder 46, Volume 7, Phillips and Myers Family Papers, #00596, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel … Continue reading

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25 December 1864: “This is the saddest Christmas that I have ever spent”

Item Description: Entry dated 25 December 1864, Christmas Day, from the journal of Fanny Cohen Taylor, describing Northern occupation of Savannah, Georgia.  Item Citation: Folder 46, Volume 7, Phillips and Myers Family Papers, #00596, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina … Continue reading

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24 December 1864: “he walked out like a well bred dog and I rather think he will not make his appearance again”

Item Description: Entry dated 24 December 1864 from the journal of Fanny Cohen Taylor, describing Northern occupation of Savannah, Georgia.  Item Citation: Folder 46, Volume 7, Phillips and Myers Family Papers, #00596, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel … Continue reading

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