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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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17 July 1864: “If you can, and will by penning a few words, do that which may lighten the wearisome prison hours of my son”

Item description: Letter from Seraphina Brooks Flowers to Lt. G. C. Lockwood, 17 July 1864. Flowers writes Lockwood, a federal officer, to petition to see her son who was taken prisoner. Item citation: From folder 56 of the Craig, Ferris, and … Continue reading

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15 July 1864: “You spoke in your last letter about trying to get a negro boy to be your servant and I think of trying to bring him up to Chicago with you. Now what would we do with him if we had him?”

Item description: Letter, dated 15 July 1864, from William Hunt to his brother Andrew Lucas Hunt.  Andrew Lucas Hunt (1843-1905) of Chicago, Ill., was an officer with the 134th Illinois Regiment, United States Army, during the Civil War. Item citation:  Letter dated … Continue reading

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14 July 1864: “Who would have thought then that he would never return.”

Item description:  Letter, dated 14 July 1864, from William Hunt to his brother Andrew Lucas Hunt. Andrew Lucas Hunt (1843-1905) of Chicago, Ill., was an officer with the 134th Illinois Regiment, United States Army, during the Civil War.  Item citation:  Letter … Continue reading

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26 June 1864: “Our regiment is in more danger from our own battery in the rear than from the rebels in front.”

Item description: Letter, dated 26 June 1864, from George Hovey Cadman, a soldier in the 39th Ohio Infantry Regiment, to his wife Esther. [Item transcription available below images.] Item citation: From folder 10 in George Hovey Cadman Papers (#122), Southern Historical Collection, … Continue reading

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25 June 1864: “I believe we shall find in the end that our re-enlistment was not legal. I do not care, anyhow.”

Item description: Letter, dated 25 June 1864, from George Hovey Cadman, a soldier in the 39th Ohio Infantry Regiment, to his wife Esther. [Item transcription available below images.]   Item citation: From folder 10 in George Hovey Cadman Papers (#122), Southern Historical … Continue reading

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