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6 August 1863: “I want some peaches very much but cannot get them. W.G. Parker is dead. He was shot in the head and died at Winchester.”

Item description: Letter, dated 6 August 1863, from Francis W. Bird to his sister, discussing casualties, recent campaigns, and the accuracy of newspaper accounts. Bird enlisted in the Confederate Army on 1 May 1861 in Bertie County, N.C., as a Second Lieutenant. … Continue reading

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29 May 1863: “Wishing for you, General, new laurels, and that your path to glory may not be darkened by a Single cloud…”

Item description: In this letter, 29 May 1863, to Brigadier General Raleigh E. Colston, a committee of officers (Francis Wayland Bond, John Cowan, Henry W. Horne, and William Henry Thomson) from the 1st and 3rd North Carolina Infantry regiments took … Continue reading

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21 May 1863: “I have seen the battle field of Chancelorsville and I am inclined to think that it has been greatly exaggerated…”

Item description: Letter, 21 May 1863, from John A. Ramsay to Julius D. Ramsay. John A. Ramsay of Salisbury, N.C., was captain of the Rowan Artillery, later Company D, 10th North Carolina Artillery Regiment, which served with the Army of … Continue reading

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2 December 1862: “This division of the enemy’s force seem to me very strange, but so many reports may indicate some movement of the enemy and I send them to you that you may be prepared.”

Item description: Letter, 2 December 1862, from Robert E. Lee to Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson. Item citation: From folder 248 in the Charles William Dabney Papers #1412 in the Southern Historical Collection, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Item transcription: Hd Qrs. Army Northern … Continue reading

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21 November 1862: “Some of the citizens of Martin thought that they had carried off no less than 3000 negroes…”

Item description: Letter, 21 November 1862, from Robert D. Graham to his father William A. Graham. Robert writes about marching from North Carolina into Virginia, the destruction of property by Union soldiers, and African Americans leaving with the Union troops. … Continue reading

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16 November 1862: “I was greatly disappointed in the appearance of the city, it is the most dilapidated looking place…”

Item description: Charles M. Alley was a private in the 44th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment of the United States Army during the Civil War. After the war, he participated in a number of business ventures in Boston, Mass., and Hartford, Conn. … Continue reading

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3 October 1862: “My Dear mis I rite you a few Lines for to Let you Know how we ar i hav Bin Sick all this week But am gitting Better…”

Item description: These two letters, both dated 3 October 1862, were written by two enslaved individuals owned by the DeRosset Family of Wilmington, N.C., William Thurber (who later became a minister) and Bella DeRosset. Both write about sickness among other … Continue reading

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29 September 1862: “Our Reg’t went into the fight with 299 men and 26 officers, were engaged for 7 hours and lost 87 men & 16 officers killed & wounded.”

Item description: Letter, 29 September 1862, from James A. Graham, third lieutenant in the “Orange Guard,” Company G, 27th Regiment N.C. Troops, to his father William A. Graham. Item citation: From the James Augustus Graham Papers, #283, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson … Continue reading

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19 September 1862: “O what terrible fighting they are having in Maryland for the last five days…”

Item description: Letter, 19 September 1862, from Jonathan Lewis Whittaker to his wife Julia A. Wells Whitaker. More about Jonathan Lewis Whittaker: Jonathan Lewis Whitaker (fl. 1862-1865) was a physician of Orange County, N.Y., who served as a United States … Continue reading

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23 August 1862: “He came too, to take away slaves. He wanted two especially – Rina, who was washer and ironer for the family, and the childs nurse called Bella…”

Image description: Entry, dated 23 August 1862, from the diary of Laura Towne. Towne (1825-1901) came to St. Helena as part of the Port Royal Relief Group of Pennsylvania, an abolitionist group that came to Beaufort, S.C. and the surrounding … Continue reading

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