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30 August 1864: “extra pay will be allowed certain men in General Hospitals…”

Item Description: A circular, dated 30 August 1864, from the War Department, Surgeon General’s Office regarding extra pay for certain men in General Hospitals. Item Citation: Circular no. 17. Richmond : Surgeon-General’s Office, 1864. 1004.5 Conf., Rare Book Collection, Wilson … Continue reading

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23 August 1864: “We are in the trenches near Petersburg”

Item description: Letter from William Martin. Martin’s letter of 23 August 1864 stated that he was entrenched near Petersburg, Va. He also related that Benjamin Brown had been wounded in the hand. The same letter comments on short rations and … Continue reading

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22 August 1864: “It is also rumered that a raiding party is in our rear composed of 6000 Yanks.”

Item Description: A letter from J. J. Jacocks to his brother from the battle line around Atlanta. He describes several deaths that have occurred and a brief account of their situation. Item Citation: From Folder 7, in the Jonathan Jacocks Papers … Continue reading

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20 August 1864: “it is also rumored that a raiding party is in our rear composed of 6000 Yanks.”

Item Description:  Letter from J. I. Jacocks to his brother.  He writes that he fought in the battle on July 22nd and that his company lost 4 men but took many prisoners.  He also states that it is rumored that … Continue reading

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12 August 1864: “an investigation of the negroes of the neighborhood during the Yankee Raid.”

Item Description:  An invitation to George W. Burwell to attend an a trial investigating the conduct of negroes during a Union raid. He was a business man and physician in Virginia. Item Citation: From Folder 7, in the George W. Burwell Papers #4291, … Continue reading

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10 August 1864: “Hoping that this application may receive your favorable consideration”

Item Description: Request by Lieutenant R. G. Smith to Major J. K. Gourdain asking that men confined in the Guard house with no pending charges be transferred to the 2nd Louisiana Battalion Heavy Artillery, Company B. Item Citation: In Folder … Continue reading

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31 July 1864: “So many horrible rumors have floated through the army”

Item Description: A letter from Charles H. Olmstead, an officer from Georgia, regarding Battle of Atlanta (Johnston’s and Hood’s retreat from Sherman) and a quarrel with another officer. Item Citation: From Folder 5, in the Charles H. Olmstead Papers, #1856, … Continue reading

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29 July 1864: “some Yankee is making money, as he charges ten cents for every one that wishes to see the rebels.”

Item Description: Diary entry, dated 29 July 1864, written by Louis Leon, a Confederate soldier in the North Carolina Infantry.  At this point in the war is a prisoner of the Union Army and recently moved to a new prisoner … Continue reading

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26 July 1864: “…the Rebels have found their last ditch and are determined to die in it rather than yield.”

Item Description: Letter from Robert Stuart Finley to his fiancee Mary A. Cabeen.  Finley was a member of the 30th Illinois Infantry, serving in Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana, and Georgia.  In his letter, he describes the events of the Battle … Continue reading

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19 July 1864: “Very rough no drug suffered enormous”

Item description:  Diary entry dated 19 July 1864 of William Beavans, Company D, 43rd North Carolina, mortally wounded in a skirmish at Snicker’s Gap in the Shenandoah Valley on July 18, 1864. The diary breaks off in the middle of … Continue reading

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