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25 February 1864: “… they are used for paving stones & are calculated generally to last ’3 years or during the war’”

 Item description: Letter, dated 25 February 1864, from Edward W. Allen to his parents.  In this letter, Allen describes activities at Camp Randall, Wisconsin, including a description of hardtack, friends in the Hospital, and sending photographs to friends and family. … Continue reading

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22 February 1864: “…being called thither on business with his Excellency the President.”

Item description: Letter, dated 22 February 1864, from Major Charles Scott Venable to Lieutenant General Richard Stoddert Ewell.  The letter informs Major Ewell that his commanding General (General Robert E. Lee) would be leaving his position to visit President Jefferson … Continue reading

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16 February 1864: “The Sheriff of the County summoned a ‘Posse’ of about thirty of us to break up a camp of run away Negroes, which we most effectually did…”

Item description: Letter from Henry A. London to Lilla London, 16 February 1864. London reports to his sister news of the family. He helped break up a camp of runaway negroes, and students who were avoiding military service were taken … Continue reading

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15 February 1864: “Have you thought of making requisitions for cartridge boxes, belts, cap boxes, and bayonet scabbards. The guns will be useless almost without the cartridge and cap boxes at least.”

Item description: Letter, dated 15 February 1864, from Daniel Scully to Col. George Logan.   Item citation: From folder 22 in the George William Logan Papers #1560, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. … Continue reading

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15 January 1864: “Our best protections will be our poverty and bad roads…”

Item description: In this letter dated 15 January 1864, Walter Waightstill Lenoir (1823-1890) wrote from Crab Orchard in Watauga County, N.C., to his mother, Selina Louisa Avery Lenoir (1783-1864) in Fort Defiance, Caldwell County, N.C., about the weather and its … Continue reading

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8 January 1864: “Fellow-citizens, I have no ambition other than the redemption of our beautiful State and the independence of our common country.”

Item Description: Announcement, 8 January 1864, detailing a John T. Pickett’s run for a congressional seat in the Confederate States of America. In it, Pickett makes the case for his candidacy. [Item transcription available below image] Item Citation: From Folder … Continue reading

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7 January 1864: “I wish our Ladies Solidiers Aid Society in Hillsboro would make about fifty prs of gloves for our Company as very few of the men have gloves and they would be very acceptable such weather as this especially on picket.”

Item description: Letter, dated 7 January 1864, from James A. Graham to his mother. Item citation: From the James A. Graham Papers #00283, Southern Historical Collection,The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Item transcription: Camp 27th No. Ca. Inf’y near … Continue reading

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4 January 1864: “There was a most horrid murder perpetrated in Monroe the other day; Mr. Baker’s little son, only seven years old was riding through town attended by a negro boy when he was shot through the head and instantly killed…”

Item description: Entry, dated 4 January 1864, from the diary of Sarah Lois Wadley, which includes details about the murder of a young boy in Monroe, La., by a Mexican member of a Texas regiment. More about Sarah Lois Wadley: Sarah Lois … Continue reading

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31 December 1863: “I had an eggnog Christmas Eve night and a splendid dinner Christmas day.”

Item description: Letter, 31 December 1863, from James A. Graham to his mother. Item Citation: From the James A. Graham Papers #00283, Southern Historical Collection,The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Item transcription: Camp 27th No. Ca. Inf’y near Orange … Continue reading

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29 December 1863: “I cannot tell you how disappointed I was, that you were not with us at Christmas, I thought it might be the last Christmas we might ever spend in the old homestead…”

Item description: Letter, dated 29 December 1863, from Eliza Jane Lord DeRosset to her daughter Katherine Douglas DeRosset Meares (1830-1914).   [image] Item citation: From the DeRosset Family Papers #214, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Item … Continue reading

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