Author Archives: Rebecca Williams

23 April 1865: “Mankind has lost its best friend since the crusifiction of Christ” and “How I loved him! He was my hero.”

As this blog’s end draws near, we present two different accounts of grief. The first letter mourns the loss of Abraham Lincoln, while the second diary entry laments the loss of Stonewall Jackson. Item Description: Letter dated 23 April 1865 … Continue reading

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21 April 1865: “Hurrah! Old Abe Lincoln has been assassinated!”

Item Description: Diary entry dated 21 April by Emma LeConte. LeConte lived in Columbia, South Carolina and was the daughter of the scientist Joseph LeConte. She reacts to the news that Abraham Lincoln has been assassinated. Item Citation: Folder 1, … Continue reading

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20 April 1865: “I used to dream about peace – to pray for it – but this is worse than war.”

Item Description: Diary entry dated 20 April by Emma LeConte. LeConte lived in Columbia, South Carolina and was the daughter of the scientist Joseph LeConte. She expresses her anguish over the defeat of the Confederate Army. Item Citation: Folder 1, … Continue reading

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16 April 1865: “…we got the news of Lee’s capture you had aught to have seen the excitement…”

Item Description: Letter dated 16 April 1865 from I. Shoger to his wife. A Union soldier stationed in Raleigh, North Carolina, Shoger writes to his wife about the excitement surrounding Lee’s surrender. Item Citation: Folder 49, Federal Soldiers Letters, #3185, … Continue reading

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14 April 1865: “Mayo’s bridge was fired by incendiaries long before orders were given. none of this is to be published”

Item Description: Two letters dated 14 April 1865.  The first is a letter from Mary C. Gantt to Lizinka Campbell Ewell.  She discusses Hariett “Hattie” Ewell’s adjustment to living with the Gantts in St. Louis.  She also implores Lizinka to … Continue reading

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12 April 1865: “Owing to events in his own country Genl Alexander desires to exercise his talents in some other”

Item Description: Letter dated 12 April 1865 from William Nelson Pendleton to the Emperor of Brazil. He writes regarding Edward Porter Alexander’s abilities and recommending him for the service in the Brazilian army following the defeat of the Confederate Army. … Continue reading

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11 April 1865: “your favor to its defenseless inhabitants generally”

Item Description: Letter dated 11 April 1865 from Zebulon B. Vance to General William T. Sherman authorizing the surrender of Raleigh. He requests protection for many vulnerable entities of the city. Item Citation: Folder 2, Cornelia Phillips Spencer Papers, #683, … Continue reading

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11 April 1865: “Should the future offer no chance of service in our cause, I trust you will take to some other country that zeal, intelligence, energy, and courage which have so illustrated the brief history of this.”

Item Description: Letter dated 11 April 1865 from General James Longstreet to General Edward Porter Alexander from Gen. Longstreet. Longstreet writes to commend Alexander on his service throughout the war. Item Citation: Folder 22b, Edward Porter Alexander Papers, #7, Southern … Continue reading

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1 April 1865: “I am on his side in all this struggle with congress and would be in favor of making him a Dictator today.”

Item Description: Letter dated 1 April 1865 from William Dudley Gale to his wife Kate Polk Gale. Gale joined the Confederate Army to serve as a staff officer for his father in law, General Leonidas Polk. After General Polk’s death … Continue reading

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27 March 1865: “I guess all the girls is going to get married but the ones that I would be glad to hear of their finding some fellow that would suit better than I do.”

Item Description: Letter dated 27 March 1865 from Charles Milton Hopper to his family back home. Hopper served in the 70th Ohio Regiment of the United States Army. Item Citation: Folder 1, Charles Milton Hopper Papers, #3584, Southern Historical Collection, … Continue reading

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