Author Archives: Jason Tomberlin

25 March 1864: “The articles captured by this vessel consist of 1 small schooner, 1 sloop, 1 boat, 107 sacks of corn, 2 sacks of wheat, 1 sack of oats, 6 sacks of salt, 5 kegs of salt, 5 boxes of tobacco, 15 pair oyster tongs, 12 plows, 1 cultivator, 100 plow points, 46 plowshares, and 15 molding boards.”

Item description: “Report of Lieutenant-Commander Babcock, U.S. Navy, regarding the disposition of prizes taken in York and Severn rivers.” To read more from the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, click here. … Continue reading

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1 March 1864: “This Harbor is under Military Rules and Regulations, and the following are published for the better government of Vessels while in this Harbor”

Item Description: Rules and regulations for Union occupied Beaufort, North Carolina’s harbor. The broadside lists ten rules and regulations governing ship channel to railroad dock, up New Port River to Gallons Point, and around to Beaufort; anchorages for gunboats, army … Continue reading

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27 February 1864: “…for the old light-boats now at Plymouth, to obstruct the Neuse and Roanoke rivers, in order to prevent the rebel ironclads said to be building up those rivers coming down to assist…”

Item description: “Letter from Acting Rear-Admiral Lee, U. S. Navy, to the chairman of the Light-House Board, regarding channel buoys in Beaufort Harbor, and the use of old light-boats as obstructions.” To read more from the Official Records of the … Continue reading

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18 February 1864: Edward Stanly to Charles Sumner

Item description: Letter from Edward Stanly, former Military Governor of occupied North Carolina, to Charles Sumner, a senator from Massachusetts. In the letter, Stanly defends his actions as military governor and asks Sumner to produce “‘some of the acts’ which … Continue reading

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11 January 1864: “At daylight this morning a steamer was seen beached and burning one mile west of this inlet.”

Item Description: Report by Rear Admiral Samuel Phillips Lee, United States Navy, to Gideon Welles, Secretary of the Navy, concerning the destruction of the Ranger, a blockade runner, near Lockwoods Folly Inlet, North Carolina. Item Citation: Destruction of blockade-runners. [New … Continue reading

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9 January 1864: “Her cargo apparently was not large, and from the facts gathered it is highly probable that some important and distinguished rebel persons were on board, and the only object of the vessel was to get them safe into rebeldom.”

Item Description: Report by Rear Admiral Samuel Phillips Lee, United States Navy, to Gideon Welles, Secretary of the Navy, concerning the “destruction of the Steamer Dare,” which was attempting to run the blockade and enter the Port of Wilmington in … Continue reading

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27 December 1863: “So it seems we were driven to the bushes by a false alarm.”

Item Description: Diary entry, dated 27 December 1863, from the Samuel A. Agnew Diary. [transcription available below image] Item citation: From folder 9 of the Samuel A. Agnew Diary #923, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Item transcription: … Continue reading

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15 November 1863: “I am well aware that an escape from prison is attended with much difficulty as well as danger.”

Item description: Entry from a diary kept by Willard W. Glazier, who enlisted as a private in the “2nd Regiment of N. Y. Cavalry (Harris Light)” early in the war. He was captured by soldiers of the Confederate Army on … Continue reading

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10 November 1863: Union general Benjamin F. Butler assumes command of the Department of Virginia and North Carolina

Item Description: Envelope (ca. 1860s?) showing a map of eastern North Carolina and southeastern Virginia, and a portrait of General Benjamin F. Butler, U. S. Army. On November 10, 1863, General Butler assumed command of the Department of Virginia and … Continue reading

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8 November 1863: “I am afflicted with the scurvy, chronic diarrhœa and fever. These are the prevailing diseases here…”

Item description: Entry from a diary kept by Willard W. Glazier, who enlisted as a private in the “2nd Regiment of N. Y. Cavalry (Harris Light)” early in the war. He was captured by soldiers of the Confederate Army on … Continue reading

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