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29 August 1863: “Col. Spear’s cavalry passing through the swamp.”

Item description: Illustrations from Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper, dated 29 August 1863, depicting troop movements in North Carolina. Item citation: Hertford County, N.C. “Col. Spear’s cavalry passing through the swamp.” 1863. Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper, August 29, 1863, p. 368. … Continue reading

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28 July 1863: “Gov I want to ask of you to give me a place if in your power in my own state NC”

Item Description: Letter, 28 July 1863, from W. T. Dickinson to Governor Zebulon Vance requesting placement in North Carolina. Dickinson survived Gettysburg and was in Virginia when petitioning Governor Vance. Item Citation: Folder 205, Zebulon Baird Vance Papers, #3952, Southern Historical Collection, … Continue reading

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18 June 1863: “. . . dismissed, probably forever.”

Item description: Brief entry, dated 18 June 1863, from Leaves from a Diary Written While Serving in Co. E, 44 Mass., Dep’t of No. Carolina, an account, written by John Jasper Wyeth of Co. E, of the experiences of the 44th Massachusetts … Continue reading

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01 June 1863: “instead of belonging to Massa John Brown, they now belong to Massa Uncle Sam”

Item: news article, New York Herald, 1 June 1863, page 5, column 1. Transcription: NEWS FROM NORTH CAROLINA. Progress of the Negro Enlistments. Important Order on the Subject from Major General Foster, &c., &c., &c. Correspondence of Mr. Samuel R. … Continue reading

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24 May 1863: “to hear once more and it might be for the last time the blending of sweet female voices . . .”

  Item: entry, D. Coleman diary, 24 May 1863. Notes: D. Coleman is Daniel Coleman. In his entry for Saturday, 23 May, Coleman wrote, “Make a visit to some dear friends – Mrs. Irving, Miss Roe Webster, Mrs I E … Continue reading

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23 May 1863: “About 9 a.m. the enemys firing being still kept up and proving very annoying I endeavored to drive off the enemy with Capt. Moody’s Battery”

Item description: Letter, 23 May 1863, from Edward Porter Alexander, providing great detail about the Battle of Chancellorsville. His original report contained several edits in blue ink, which are noted in the transcription below in brackets. Interestingly, in the report … Continue reading

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20 May 1863: “…was recovered against him by the Confederate States…”

Item Description: A legal document describing the seizure of assets belonging to Thomas J. Judkins of Warren County by the Confederate government. More About This Item: The papers of Joseph Ramsey, a lawyer living in Rocky Mount, N.C., include documents relating to … Continue reading

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19 May 1863: ” . . . we begin to breathe more freely and to cast our eyes towards the Southwest with less misgivings than we had last week.”

Item: Editorial, The Daily Journal (Wilmington, N. C.), 19 May 1863, page 2, column 1. Transcription: Now that we know that General JOHNSTON has got down to the vicinity of Jackson and Vicksburg and taken the management of things in … Continue reading

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18 May 1863: “We shall look for further news from that quarter with much interest.”

Item: editorials and advertisements, The Daily Journal (Wilmington, N. C.), 18 May 1863, page 2, columns 1 and 2. Notes: 1) The Siege of Vicksburg began on 18 May 1863.  2) Colonel Thomas Purdie, of the 18th North Carolina Regiment, … Continue reading

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21 April 1863: “Okra the best Substitute for Coffee”

Item Description: ”Okra the best Substitute for Coffee” (newspaper article), The Daily Journal (Wilmington, N. C.), 21 April 1863, page 2. Transcription: Okra the best Substitute for Coffee Everybody, we presume, knows how to cultivate Okra.  It is a most delicious table vegetable, … Continue reading

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