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1 April 1864: “…Mr. Wright (a gentleman of whose Union sentiments I am strictly confident) kindly offered his assistance to guide us from his residence at Blinkhorn Creek to the headquarters of Lieutenant Roy at Chuckatuck…”

Item description: “Additional report of Acting Rear-Admiral Lee, U. S. Navy, transmitting report [from 1 April 1864] regarding services rendered by Mr. Wright.” Item transcription: Confidential.] FLAGSHIP NORTH ATLANTIC BLOCKADING SQUADRON, Off Newport News, Va., April 2, 1864 SIR: I … Continue reading

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26 March 1864: “The gunboats are firing. I see one of my houses burnt to ashes…”

Item description: Entry, dated 26 March 1864, from the diary of Frances Woolfolk Wallace.  Wallace describes destruction and evacuation during the Battle of Paducah, Kentucky. [transcription available below images] Item citation: in the Frances Woolfolk Wallace Diary, #3063-z, Southern Historical … Continue reading

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20 March 1865: “…some of them has caused all to suffer by their disloyal talk and conduct.”

Item description: Letter, dated 20 March 1864, from James M. Plumlee to his mother. Plumlee describes camp life for the 25th North Carolina Infantry Regiment, including food supplies and the reenlistment of his fellow soldiers, as well as rumors of … Continue reading

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16 March 1864: “I believe that the recent legislation upon currency will temporarily inspire confidence in the people…”

Item description: Letter, dated 16 March 1864, from John L. Schon to John Kimberly in Chapel Hill.  The letter concerns Kimberly’s attempts to purchase supplies to be able to teach chemistry classes at the University of North Carolina, as well … Continue reading

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14 March 1864: Maps of Fort DeRussy on the Red River, Louisiana

Item description: Maps, dated 1864, from the Jeremy Francis Gilmer Collection depicting Fort DeRussy and the Red River in Louisiana.  Fort DeRussy fell to Union forces during the Red River Campaign on 14 March 1864. Item citation: Fort DeRussy and … Continue reading

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13 March 1864: “Genl Longstreet is playing a very bold game…”

Item description: Letter, dated 13 March 1864, from John Edwards to W. R. McLaws relating details of the court martial of Major General Lafayette McLaws.  McLaws stood trial for his actions during the 1863 battles surrounding Knoxville, Tennessee, including failure … Continue reading

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12 March 1864: “The report is to day that Kinston and Goldsboro are taken by our troops.”

Item description: Letter, dated 12 March 1864, from James “Jim” Gifford to his parents.  Gifford, a U.S. Naval officer, writes of his life in the navy while stationed near Beaufort, including ship movements and fighting near Kinston and Goldsboro, N.C. … Continue reading

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11 March 1864: “Beauregard has whipped the Yankees at Mud Creek (where is Mud Creek?)”

Item Description: In this entry dated 11 March 1864, Samuel Agnew, a Presbyterian minister, teacher, farmer, and prominent local citizen in Tippah and Lee counties, Mississippi, reported on some local disputes and third hand news of the war. Confederate Generals Lee, … Continue reading

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10 March 1864: “This is certainly a time requireing true repentance & soberness with a sincere desire to be guided by the Holy Spirit in the path of righteousness.”

Item Description: Letter, 10 March 1864, to Joseph S. Espey from his sister Margaret. Joseph was a member of Company D, 65th Georgia Volunteers stationed mainly in Tennessee and Georgia. Joseph’s brother James H. Espey also served in the war, but … Continue reading

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8 March 1864: ‘Atherson says the negroes are running off from as high up as Yancy’s and in almost every instance make a safe run.”

Item description: Letter, dated 8 March 1864, presumed to be written by William Rhodes Capehart to his grandfather from Cheraw S.C.  In this letter, Capehart discusses the recent speech given by North Carolina Governor Zebulon Vance in Wilkesboro, N.C., as … Continue reading

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