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20 July 1864

Link Family Papers #5527: A letter, 20 July 1864, from Henry A. Stokes, a private from Chaffin’s Bluff, Va., in Lunenburg “Rebel” Virginia Light Artillery Battery, to his father, in which he described cannonading by the Yankees near Petersburg, Va. … Continue reading

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31 May 1864: “The smoke has cleared away. The wild clash of the battle has died out…”

Item description: Letter, dated 31 May 1864, from Leonidas Polk to his wife Sallie.  He discusses the aftermath of battles in Virginia,  injuries, and how much we would like to receive a letter from her. [transcription available below images] Item … Continue reading

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30 May 1864: “…every hour of the day the poor mangled fellows are being hauled into this place in wagons without springs over bad roads, a distance of 12 to 15 miles, the sun burning hot and the roads ankle deep in dust…”

Item description: Letter, dated 30 May 1864, from Joseph Semmes to his wife.  He discusses engagements in Georgia, caring for wounded soldiers, prisoners of war, and Sherman’s scorched earth tactics against the families of Confederate soldiers. [transcription available below images] … Continue reading

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28 May 1864: “A negroe wedding”

Item description: Diary entry, 28 May 1864, written by Samuel Andrew Agnew. Agnew grew up and attended college and seminary in Due West, S.C. In 1852, he moved to Mississippi, and thereafter lived in the northeastern part of the state, chiefly … Continue reading

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27 May 1864: “But the answer was Oh no you cant stay here you’ve got to go to the Front.”

Item Description: Diary entry, 27 May 1864, written by Henry K. White, describing being sent into battle from the hospital and differences in treatment of enlisted men vs. officers. White was mustered into the 23rd Massachusetts Infantry Regiment on 21 September … Continue reading

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25 May 1864: “This fight has been going on 21 days and I suppose that Mr. Grant says he will fight ninety days or take Richmond. Well for my parte I do not know whether he will take it or not but I know he will have some hard fighting before he gets Richmond.”

Item Description: Letter, dated 25 May 1864 from H.C. Fogleman, a Confederate Lieutenant, to his cousin Martin Moser, describing his participation in the Battle of the Wilderness. Moser was a farmer in Alamance County, North Carolina. [Item transcription available below … Continue reading

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24 May 1864: “My telegram of 22nd was as follows – v d f . h m. y j b l f t d. n e a y. k. w. k l g g. y s f. g g u. y x n d y y a. h r o c. f u s g. l. v.”

Item description: Telegraph, dated 24 May 1864, from Louis Hebert to Genl Beauregard. The telegraph is in code, and an attempted deciphering appears at the bottom of the page. The subject of the message appears to be the departure of … Continue reading

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17 May 1864:”… yesterday was a glorious day for the South. A desperate battle was fought near the Bluff.”

Item description: Letter, dated 17 May 1864, from L. L. Polk to his wife Sallie.  He gives an account of the Battle of Proctor’s Creek, a Confederate victory in Virginia under General Beauregard. [transcription available below images] Item citation: From … Continue reading

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14 May 1864: “Nothing can be more disheartening than the disasters at Plymouth.”

Item description: “The War in North Carolina—Plymouth.—From a sketch by Mr. Von Grieff.”  In Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper, 14 May 1864, page 116.  The illustration   accompanied the article “Plymouth, North Carolina” on page 119. Note: The article and illustration depict events … Continue reading

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11 May 1864: “… a woman who saw them cut the wires, as soon as they left, tied them together with some old wire and relieved us considerably.”

Item description: Letter, dated 11 May 1864, from Benedict Joseph Semmes to his wife. He discusses the engagements around Resaca, Georgia, including the Battle of Rocky Face Ridge.  He also notes news of a hasty marriage. [transcription available below image] … Continue reading

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