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8 April 1864: “A different spirit seems to be pervading our troops from what I have ever seen and I feel that this is the last year of the war and hope that by this time next year we will be blessed with peace and will be an independent nation.”

Item Description: Letter, 8 April 1864, from James Augustus Graham to his mother. In it, Graham describes a fasting day in the camp, along with the spiritual climate, detailing the church service schedule along with the creation of a Soldiers Christian … Continue reading

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29 March 1864: “It distresses me to have you go into the army as a private. I think it is throwing so much away.”

Item Description: Letter dated 29 March 1864 from Mary Pettigrew to her brother, William Pettigrew. In it, Mary begs William to serve a position at a hospital in Raleigh rather than join the army. She also briefly discusses news from … Continue reading

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21 March 1864: “So by Father’s request I now write to inform you of the result of last Saturday’s election which terminated in you being elected.”

Item Description: Letter dated 21 March 1864 from Maggie Espey to her brother, Joseph Espey. In it, Maggie discusses Joseph’s victory in a local election, potentially getting him excused from his military duty as a result, the weather, her parents’ activities, … Continue reading

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20 February 1864: “…I bind myself, my heir, executors, and administrators firmly by these presents. Sealed with my seal, and dated this 20th day of Feb. 1864.”

Item Description: Draft of a legal document, dated 20 February 1864 concerning the will of Martha Burke Eppes, who died on December 6, 1863.  Item Citation: Folder 188 of the Hubard Family Papers #00360, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University … Continue reading

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12 February 1864: “He has come to take Newberne and he has sent you down here to take this camp and cart off supplies and he expects you will do it.”

Item description: Entry, dated 12 February 1864, in the diary of John L. Swain.  In it he writes about the assembly of Confederate troops under General James G. Martin in Eastern North Carolina with the objective of recapturing cities under … Continue reading

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20 January 1864: “I hope though you will get my letter before he sends for the brandy as it is paid for I would hate very much to disappoint him.”

Item Description: Letter, 20 January, 1864 from Archibald Hunter Arrington to his wife, Kate. Arrington was a planter from Nash County, NC and served in the US Congress from 1841-1845 and then in the Confederate Congress in 1861. In his letter, … Continue reading

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29 November 1863: “Gen. Bragg will fight again, and I hope his soldiers will do better. Some of them are said to have left the field without firing a gun”

Item Description: Letter, dated 29 November, 1863 from Nathaniel Henry Rhodes Dawson to his wife Elodie Todd Dawson (sister of Mary Todd Lincoln) from Montgomery, Alabama. The letter describes Dawson’s time as legislature and rumors about the campaign in Chattanooga. … Continue reading

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17 November 1863: “I hope we that we will not have any more fighting to do this winter; for I am not so fond of fighting as anybody might suppose.”

Item Description: Letter, dated 17 November 1863 from James Augustus Graham to his mother. In it, Graham describes a picket shift, an encounter with Yankees, rumors about the progress of the war, and asks for food items from his mother. Item … Continue reading

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11 November 1863: “I am slow to believe the evacuation of Corinth.”

Item Description: Diary entry, 11 November 1863. Samuel A. Agnew was a Presbyterian minister, teacher, farmer, and prominent local citizen in Mississippi. The diary entry details Agnew’s thoughts about the certain happenings of the war. [Item transcription available below image] … Continue reading

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31 October 1863: “The objects of this association is to diminish the exorbitant rates at which the necessaries of life are selling…”

Item Description: On 31 October 1863, Cornelius noted attending a meeting of the Albemarle Mutual Relief Association. This organization was formed to try to combat the high prices brought about by the war, by buying in bulk at good prices … Continue reading

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