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18 March 1864: “He is…I recon enjoying himself as well as could be expected with his arm off.”

Item Description: Letter, 18 March 1864, from Calvin Leach to his sister Louisa, updating her on his infantry’s movements and the conditions at his camp. Leach was born in 1843 and served as a church clerk in Montgomery County, N.C., before … Continue reading

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6 February 1864: “…regarding the hens, the corn, and the beef that the Home Guard took from me…”

Item Description: Letter, dated 6 February 1864, from Alexander Daniel in Taylorsville, N.C. to Colonel S. A. Sharpe, 5th Regiment NC Home Guard, stationed in Statesville, N.C. Daniel asks for reimbursement for property impressed by Confederate troops.  [transcription available below … Continue reading

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3 December 1863: “…a few days will certainly determine the course of the winter’s campaign.”

Item description: Letter, dated 3 December 1863, from Stephen D. Ramseur to his wife, Ellen Richmond Ramseur.  He describes engagements in Virginia and a Union retreat that may have been part of the Mine Run campaign. [transcription available below images] … Continue reading

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8 October 1863: “We have been cooking three days rations to day in order for a march but to what place I am unable to say as news is scarce and my hand is quite nervous.”

Item Description: Letters, dated 8 October 1863, the first from Andrew J. Proffit to his father, William Proffit of Wilkes County, NC; the second, from Phillip Walsh to his father and mother. In the first, Andrew describes a severe fever … Continue reading

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1 September 1863: “…how glad I am that I am again in Dixie.”

Item description: Letter, dated 1 September 1863, from Sergeant Lewis Warlick (11th Regiment North Carolina Troops) to Laura Cornelia “Corrie” McGimsey.  Warlick describes his experience in the prisoner of war camp from which he was recently released. [transcription available below … Continue reading

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5 August 1863: “Isaac, Henry and John were left behind to take their chances. Sarah and Diana ran away, and I suppose are with the Yankees…”

Item Description: Letter, dated 5 August 1863, from William H. Thomson to his son Ruffin Thomson. More about Ruffin Thomson: Thomson was the oldest child and only son of William H. Thomson and Hannah Lavinia Thomson. He studied at the University … Continue reading

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4 August 1863: “Surely, thought I, there is some virtue left in the people yet – and with many thanks we parted with the good old gentleman.”

Item description: Entry, 4 August 1863, from the diary of Captain Lewis H. Webb, Company D, 12th Virginia Artillery Battalion. [Transcription available below image] Item citation: From the diary of L.H. Webb, Lewis Henry Webb Papers, #1767, Southern Historical Collection, … Continue reading

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1 August 1863: “Myself and family are well, and feel considerably relieved since the departure of the Yankees, whom we found to be anything but pleasant neighbors.”

Item Description: Letter, dated 1 August 1863, from Ruffin Thomson while studying at the University of Mississippi to someone he addresses as “doctor.” A portion of the letter appears to be missing. More about Ruffin Thomson: Thomson was the oldest child … Continue reading

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2 July 1863: “My dear son, you are passing through one of the severest ordeals that the world has ever known. “

 Item Description: Letter, 2 July 1863, from Willam H. Thomson to his son Ruffin. Ruffin Thomson was the oldest child and only son of William and Hannah Lavinia Thomson. He studied at the University of Mississippi and the University of North … Continue reading

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2 February 1863: “We are quartered in the splendid brick mansions of the opulent and luxury-loving citizens of Fredericksburg…”

Item description: Letter, 2 February 1863, from Ruffin Thomson, 18th Mississippi Infantry Regiment, to his “Pa” (William H. Thomson). More about Ruffin Thomson: Ruffin Thomson was the oldest child and only son of William H. Thomson and Hannah Lavinia Thomson. He studied … Continue reading

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