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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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23 December 1864: “went to bed early as usual only dreading the disclosures of the morrow.”

Item Description: Entry dated 23 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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22 December 1864: “Father had been dreadfully harassed during the morning for his house”

Item Description: Entry dated 22 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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21 December 1864: “the Yankees entered our peaceful little city in a much more orderly way than I anticipated”

Item Description: For the next several days, we will be posting diary entries from Fanny Cohen Taylor as she chronicles the Northern occupation of Savannah, Georgia. Here is her first entry from 21 December 1864. Item Citation: Folder 46, Volume … Continue reading

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19 December 1864: “will pay $450 per year for Train hands, Firemen and Mechanics”

Item Description: Notice dated 19 December 1864 from the Richmond and Danville Railroad hiring hands at $450 and $400 per annum. Item Citation: Folder 7, George W. Burwell Papers, #04291, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at … Continue reading

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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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