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2 March 1864: “…news has just reached us the enemy are going in the direction of Lynchburg…”

Item description: Letter, dated 2 March 1864, from Robert W. Parker to his wife, Rebecca “Beck” Louise Fitzhugh Walker, about minor engagements, troop movements, and camp conditions in Virginia.  Parker mentions action and movement around several places, including Madison, Lynchburg, Charlottesville, … Continue reading

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5 February 1864: “I enclose your renewal receipt for $5000 in Albemarle ins.e Comp.y.”

Item Description: Note, dated 5 February 1864, written from Silas Biglow to Colonel E. W. Hubard.  The note states that it accompanies an insurance renewal receipt, and discusses the increased interest rates for insurance companies. [transcription available below image] Item … Continue reading

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3 February 1864: “You will consider yourself under arrest …”

Item description: Letter, dated 3 February 1864, from General Longstreet’s Eastern Tennessee Headquarters to General Lafayette McLaws, relieving him of his command and placing him under arrest.  These actions preceded McLaws’ court-martial (and eventual exoneration) for failure to cooperate with … Continue reading

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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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