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12 March 1865: “All communication in the way projected has been stopped at least for the present- we can only communicate by flag of truce”

Item Description: Letter written by John Kimberly to his wife Bettie.  He writes about the lack of communication to and from Chapel Hill and the resulting sadness he feels from being cut off from his family.  He hopes that they … Continue reading

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10 March 1865: “if this want of trains can be ascertained to last two or three days longer there troops would save time by marching to the same parts.”

Item Description: John Marshall Otey was assistant adjutant general under General P. G. T. Beauregard during the Civil War. The collection consists of one letter, 10 March 1865, from E. Willis to Colonel John Marshall Otey (J. M. Otey), discussing … Continue reading

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7 March 1865: “Troops are assembling at Lynchburg and Fitz Lee will move up James River.”

Item Description: Letter from Robert E. Lee to Alexander Robert Lawton.  He discusses Union troop movements and gives orders for the movement of Confederate troops. Item Citation: Folder 4, in the Alexander Robert Lawton Papers, #415, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson … Continue reading

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5 March 1865: “The building after they were rifled were nearly all burnt & the Provisions & stock destroyed.”

Item description: A. G. Magrath was the confederate governor of South Carolina during the Civil War. This letter reports back on relief efforts sent to Columbia after it was burned and remarks on both the condition of the town and … Continue reading

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2 March 1865: “we are living on very simple fare and it is likely to become worse so”

Item Description: Letter written by Godfrey Barnsley to his son George.  He discusses food shortages in the area.  He writes that it is hard to cultivate crops because Union troops and marauders have been stealing all the horses and mules. … Continue reading

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26 February 1865: “I now have the honour to tender my resignation”

Item Description: Frank G. Ruffin turns in his resignation to his commanding officer. He cites his failing health and other personal reasons. Ruffin owned a plantation in Virginia before the war. Item Citation: Folder 58, in the Frank G. Ruffin … Continue reading

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12 February 1865: “The shells were thrown at the fort but when they exploded, the fragments flew in different directions, which caused us to do some tall dodging.”

Item Description:  Letter written by Zaccheus Ellis to his sister.  He discusses the living arrangements at Fort Anderson in North Carolina including the shelling by Union gunboats.  He also mentions fall in morale regarding Wilmington and lack of faith in … Continue reading

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7 February 1865: ” I am in a big hurry to get away from this place as I fear we are all destined to go up if we stay here long.”

Item Description: Letter from William Henry Tripp to his wife Araminta Guilford Tripp.  He describes evacuation Savannah and Bald Head.  He also details the dire situation at Fort Anderson which is under attack from Union naval ships.  He has submitted … Continue reading

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2 February 1865: “The inclination of my mind at present is that the proposed change in the charter of the Danville Bank would be unconstitutional.”

Item Description: Letter written by John Gilmer to William T. Sutherlin.  He writes about the constitutionality of a change to the charter of Danville Bank in Danville, VA. Item Citation: Folder 21, in the William Thomas Sutherlin Papers, #3327, Southern … Continue reading

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31 January 1865: Organization of the Army of Northern Virginia (Commanded by General Robert E. Lee)

Item Description: Pamphlet describing the make up of and the commanding officers of the Army of Northern Virginia on January 31, 1865. Item Citation: Folder 43, in the William Nelson Pendleton Papers, #1466, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of … Continue reading

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