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6 December 1864: “tell him to send your boys some money and something to eate”

Item Description: A letter from a slave at Fort Fisher sending thanks to his master for money and instructions for the care of his family. Despite difficulty spelling due to lack of education, he writes well and enough to communicate that … Continue reading

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28 November 1864: “We hear sad news from your State which makes us all very miserable about you”

Item Description: A letter to Elizabeth Seawell Hairston from her sister, E. Jentmeyer, describing the movements of family and friends within and outside the confederate army. Also, the letter describes some of her daily activities, and her worry for Elizabeth after … Continue reading

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18 November 1864: “it is at work instilling poison in the minds of the people”

Item Description: A letter from Bryan Grimes to his wife. Bryan was an officer in the Confederate Army during the Civil War. He was located in Virginia during the war, but was from North Carolina. In this letter, he mentions General … Continue reading

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16 November 1864: “This is the day set apart by President Davis as a day of public worship”

Item Description: A letter from James Graham to his mother. James Augustus Graham was an officer stationed in Virginia and South Carolina during the war. In this letter he requests items for his troops. It reveals a lot about what the soldiers … Continue reading

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24 October 1864: “The arming of a portion of negroes and making a regular military organization of them. “

Item Description: William Porcher Miles consulted Robert E. Lee regarding the use of slaves as soldiers in the Confederate Army, as well as the organization of the army. He represented Charleston, S.C. in the Confederate congress. Item Citation: From Folder 52, … Continue reading

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20 October 1864: “They put the men in the army and the women & children off in little huts to punish & freeze.”

Item Description: A letter, 20 October 1864, from Francis Hunt at Hunts Station, Tex. (or Tenn.), mentioning the poor condition of freedmen. She also mentioned family and personal matters. Item Citation: From Folder 5, in the Lipscomb Family Papers #429, Southern … Continue reading

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6 October 1864: “I cannot get anything to read here”

Item Description: Letter dated 6 October 1864 from J. D. from prison in Ohio. He writes to his Uncle Edwin in Philadelphia about finances. Item Citation: From folder 19 in Confederate Papers, #00172, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of … Continue reading

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3 October 1864: “The following transfers are hereby ordered”

Item Description: Orders issued by order of Lieutenant General Buckner for the transfers of Privates Gerod and Pool. Item Citation: Folder 34 from the George William Logan Papers, #1560, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel … Continue reading

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18 September 1864: “I believe a great many have left our Country for the North lately. I heard forty left Goldsboro last week.”

Item description: Letter, dated 18 September 1864, from Kate Chapman to Mary Ferrand Henderson of Salisbury, N.C. Item citation: From folder 36 in the John Steele Henderson Papers, #327, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at … Continue reading

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13 September 1864: “There is nothing like getting used to a thing.”

Item Description: Letter dated 13 September 1864. He writes extensively about dodging shells in the trenches. James Augustus Graham was a resident of Hillsborough, N.C., and an officer in Company G (Orange Guards), 27th North Carolina Infantry Regiment, Confederate States of … Continue reading

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