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18 April 1864: “We can buy peas and other things of that sort from the sutler and in that way make out very well.”

Item description: Letter, dated 18 April 1864, from James Augustus Graham to his mother.  He describes camp life around Orange Court House, Virginia, specifically the availability of food and the frequency of packages deliveries. [transcription available below images] Item citation: … Continue reading

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2 April 1864: “I cannot help but hope that this will be the last year of the war, they cant carry on the war successfully & a presidential election.”

Item description: This letter, dated 2 April 1864, was written by Confederate private J.T. Kern while he was stationed in Dalton, Georgia. Kern’s mother had written him about the trials of living under Union occupation in Mississippi and his anger … Continue reading

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31 March 1864: “…to frighten them he pointed the gun at them…”

Item description: Entry, dated 31 March 1864, from the diary of Samuel A. Agnew.  Agnew describes the accidental death of Franky, the son of two of his Aunt Rilla’s slaves, due to a gun misfiring. [transcription available below images] Item … Continue reading

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24 March 1864: “…as I mentioned yr name a flush spread over her and there was a momentary flash of the eye as if I was treading on forbidden ground.”

Item description: Letter, dated 24 (and 27) March 1864, from George S. Barnsley to Lancelot Minor “Lanty” Blackford.  Barnsley writes about his time as a surgeon in Richmond, and also discusses gossip regarding Blackford’s brother and a popular “Miss Jennie.” … Continue reading

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22 March 1864: “Negroes must not be connected with this in any manner whatsoever.”

Item Description:    Letter dated 22 March 1864, written by  George William Logan, about burying ammunition in secret stockpiles, with a note, “Negroes must not be connected with this in any manner whatsoever.”  George William Logan (1828-1896) served as a lieutenant … Continue reading

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19 March 1864: “I have never yet met any of the negro soldiers and hope I never may.”

Item Description:  Letter, dated 19 March 1864, written by James Augustus Graham. James Graham served in the 27th North Carolina Infantry Regiment, Confederate States of America and lived until 1908. [Transcription available below images.] Item Citation: From the James Augustus Graham Papers, #00283, … Continue reading

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9 March 1864: Southern Express Company receipt for North Carolina currency

Item: March 9, 1864 Southern Express Company receipt.  Clicking on image above leads to its record in “Historic Moneys in the North Carolina Collection.” Historical Note: This receipt records the shipment by Southern Express Company of $6,500* in North Carolina … Continue reading

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4 March 1864: “now and then you could see the blood in their tracks as they marched along.”

Item Description: Letter, 4 March 1864, from James Augustus Graham to his mother. Graham was a resident of Hillsborough, N.C., and an officer in Company G (Orange Guards), 27th North Carolina Infantry Regiment, Confederate States of America. [Item transcription available below images] … Continue reading

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3 March 1864: “father’s message to you is that he intends running you as candidate for baliff they tell him if you are elected you can get to come & stay at home…”

Item description: Letter, 3 March 1864, from Frances Margaret Espey to her brother Joseph S. Espey.   Item citation:  From the Joseph Espey Papers, #3349-z, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Item transcription:  Texas … Continue reading

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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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