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2 February 1864: “I have been for sometime gathering materials for a history of the Siege of Charleston, up to the fall of Fort Wagner.”

Item description: Letter, dated 2 February 1864, from Major N. G. Axtell, 142nd Regiment, New York Volunteers stationed at Kiawah Island, S.C., to Henry Coppee (1821-1895), author, at that time editor of the U.S. Service Magazine, offering to submit for … Continue reading

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31 January 1864: “some of the rebs says that they had to kill ther mules to keep from starving to death”

Item Description: 31 January 1864, letter from J. W. Clark, a Federal soldier at Camp Smith, Nashville, Tenn., to his brother giving news of friends and describing life around camp at Nashville. [Transcription available below image]   Item Citation: Folder 2, John … Continue reading

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27 January 1864: “Dear relatives and friends I once more take up my pent to write you a few lines to inform you that I am as yet among the living.”

Item Description: Letter 27 January 1864 from Robert S. Sifford written from Hammond General Hospital at Point Lookout, Md., where he was a prisoner of war. The letter is generally addressed to family and friends and is meant to be … Continue reading

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25 January 1864: “He has had all the shops in Memphis pressed to shoe their horses preparitory to the raid.”

Item description: Diary entry, 25 January 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 in … Continue reading

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24 January 1864: “It was a lovely day.”

Item Description: Diary entry, 24 January 1864. Brief entry describing a visit to church and a sick neighbor. Myra Inman was born in Cleveland, Tenn. in 1845 and lived in eastern Tennessee; her diary goes from 1860-1866. In 1876 she married … Continue reading

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18 January 1864: “Which makes it a grate deal pleasanter then it was last winter for we always had to get up before day light last winter and then did not get out to the Picket line before noon, and now they can sleep until after day break and then where the able picket before nine o’clock”

Item Description: Letter, 18 January 1864,  from Edwin W. Sampson to his parents and siblings when he was an officer in the 145th Pennsylvania Infantry Regiment during the Civil War. In it he discusses the quality of life with the Union … Continue reading

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16 January 1864: “… the greatest loss being from hand grenades.”

Item description: Letter, dated 16 January 1864, from Brigadier General Goode Bryan to General Lafayette McLaws.  In this letter, Bryan delivers his opinion to McLaws that the Confederate defeat at Fort Sanders (referred to here as Fort London) was not … Continue reading

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12 January 1864: “It is at present composed of convales-cents from the Hospitals, and of those men who have been arrested for absence without leave and sent to this place.”

Item description: Letter, dated 12 January 1864, from William Robertson Boggs, Brigadier General and Chief of Staff under Edmund Kirby-Smith at the CSA’s Trans-Mississippi Department.  The message, written to Major General Richard Taylor, requests a regiment to replace the department’s … Continue reading

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10 January 1864: “Mr. Bingham thought he would have to stop the school…”

Item description: Letter, dated 10 January 1864, from Duncan Cameron to his grandfather, Thomas Ruffin.  Duncan was a pupil at the Bingham School in Orange County, North Carolina, and writes about how the school nearly closed during the Civil War. … Continue reading

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6 January 1864: “Cousin Mary says, don’t you think she could hire Derry in Wilmington?”

Item description: Letter, dated 6 January 1864, from Catherine “Cattie” Kennedy to her stepmother, Catherine DeRosset Kennedy.  She discusses slaves belonging to the family, and circumstances of hiring them out. [transcription available below images] Item citation: From folder 60 in … Continue reading

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