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26 September 1863: “He snatched for the book but she clung to it and insisted upon keeping it…”

Item description: Diary entry, 26 September 1863, of William H. Tillson of Company E, 84th Illinois Infantry Regiment, United States Army. Tillson was captured by Confederate troops while foraging for water on 21 September 1863, the day after the Battle … Continue reading

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25 September 1863: “My whole heart & Soul have been with you & your brave Corps in your late battle.”

Item description: In this letter, 25 September 1863, General Robert E. Lee wrote to General James Longstreet with congratulations for brave fighting at the recent Battle of Chickamauga and urged him to return quickly to the Rapidan River in northern … Continue reading

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26 June 1863: “We can do nothing but keep in doors and kill time as well as we can.”

Item description: In this diary entry, 26 June 1863, Scott Peters,  who served with Company A, Third Missouri Cavalry Regiment, Confederate Army, described the monotony of prison life. Peters was wounded and captured at the Battle of Champion Hill on … Continue reading

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15 May 1863: “I am sorry to inform you that I unfortunately fell into the hands of the enemy on Sunday the 3rd inst.”

Item description: Letter, 15 May 1863, from Corporal Andrew J. Proffit to his father, William Proffit of Wilkes County, N.C., in which the son described his unsuccessful attempt to protect the North Carolina 18th Regiment’s colors (and himself) from capture … Continue reading

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10 April 1863: “A great many spectators especially ladies _ for whom Genl Hardee has given the entertainment _ he has several at his house _ and this is the second or third time they have come up from Huntersville.”

Item description: Diary entry, 10 April 1863, by Taylor Beatty (b. 1837), a lawyer from Thibodaux, Lafourche Parish, Louisiana, serving under General Braxton Bragg . On 12 January 1863, General Bragg offered Beatty a position, which he accepted, in the … Continue reading

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26 March 1863: “Ah what changes since then…”

Item description: In this diary entry, 26 March 1863, Daniel Coleman, of Athens, Ala., marked the second anniversary of his enlistment at Fort Morgan with a nod to the casualties. He was commissioned into the 33rd Alabama Infantry as a … Continue reading

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15 February 1863: “If you were hear with your boyes you would have no trouble to get shut of them”

Item Description: A letter, 15 February 1863, from Charles Atwood to William Pettigrew at Haywood, N.C. Atwood sought information about the pending arrival of Dick, a slave he apparently agreed to hire out from Pettigrew. His letter also suggests that … Continue reading

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23 December 1862: “My darling wife”

Item description: Photograph, taken 23 December 1862, of Martha “Mattie” Ready, the daughter of Colonel Charles Ready Jr., a former U.S. Congressman. Just ten days earlier Mattie Ready married John Hunt Morgan, a colonel with the 2nd Kentucky Cavalry until his promotion … Continue reading

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24 November 1862: “He did not live long after the fight but we could not hear from him until these men came over and were exchanged.”

Item description: Letter, 24 November 1862, from James Augustus Graham (1841-1908) to his mother Susannah Washington Graham (1816-1890) in Hillsborough, N.C. Graham, then a corporal in Company G (Orange Guards), 27th North Carolina Infantry Regiment, described his travels to catch up … Continue reading

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14 November 1862: “I am very anxious to go to my native state to defend the soil that that the miserable abolitionists of the hated and cowardly state of Massachusetts are now polluting.”

Item description: Letter, 14 November 1862, from D.G. Cowand to William S. Pettigrew. Cowand wrote to thank his friend for lobbying the governor on his behalf for a command in North Carolina should troops be raised to defend the home … Continue reading

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