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5 January 1864: “An Act to increase the efficiency of the army by the employment of free negroes and slaves in certain capacities.”

Item description: Copy of a bill, dated 5 January 1864, before the Confederate House of Representatives titled, “An act to increase the efficiency of the army by the employment of free negroes and slaves in certain capacities.” [Scans courtesy of Internet … Continue reading

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30 August 1863: “Be pleased to aid me in collecting these monies…”

Item Description: In a letter dated 30 August, 1863 from James Bryan to William Alexander Graham, Bryan details financial loans and happenings. William Alexander Graham was a lawyer, legislator, United States senator, Confederate senator, Secretary of the Navy, and Whig … Continue reading

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21 August 1863: “The people were expecting the Yankees any moment when I left Selma and were actually drilling and working on the fortifications until midnight.”

Item Description: Letter dated August 21, 1863 from Elodie Todd Dawson to her husband, Nathaniel Henry Rhodes Dawson. Mr. Dawson served in the Alabama legislature from 1863-1865, and had formerly served in the 4th Alabama Infrantry Regiment. Elodie’s sister, Mary Todd, … Continue reading

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17 August 1863: “I can’t learn any thing about the chance of my getting home soon, but think we had better not build our hopes that way for the present.”

Item Description: Letter dated 17 August, 1863 from Benjamin F. Little (Frank) to his wife, Mary, from Gettysburg General Hospital in PA. Little had earlier lost his arm (see July 9). Little gives detailed instructions regarding mail between the U.S.A and … Continue reading

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16 August 1863: “We had a little fun with the Yankees yesterday.”

Item Description: Letter dated August 16, 1863 from James Augustus Graham to his mother. In it, Graham mentions he hasn’t received very many letters from his parents and also discusses plans to send home a pair of pants for mending. He … Continue reading

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7 August 1863: “…a mint Julep four times a day.”

Item description: Letter, dated 6 August 1863, from Catherine (Cattie) Kennedy in South Carolina to her stepmother Catherine DeRosset Kennedy.  Cattie discusses her brothers’ sickness and various treatments, as well as household expenses. [Transcription available below images.] Item citation: From Folder … Continue reading

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2 August 1863: “…from Sally Grogan I have heard nothing and am feeling very uneasy about her…”

Item Description: Letter, dated 2 August 1863, from John W. Bradley [?] to a “dear sir” which largely discusses mail and mutual acquaintances. More about Ruffin Thomson: Thomson was the oldest child and only son of William H. Thomson and Hannah Lavinia … Continue reading

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30 July 1863: “When north and south have been sufficiently humbled God will turn away his wrath from us.”

Item Description: A 30 July 1863 letter relates family casualties at Gettysburg (one member dead and another severely wounded) from M.J. Blackwell to his sister-in-law, Margaret Blackwell. [Item transcription below image] Item Citation: From Folder 1 of the Margaret E. Blackwell Papers … Continue reading

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22 July 1863: “The life, career, and death of young Burgwyn, convey a lesson to the youth of this Confederacy…”

Item Description: Obituary of Col. Henry K. Burgwyn, 22 July 1863, published in a Raleigh newspaper.  The obituary uses quotes from letters by Stonewall Jackson and D. H. Hill to describe Burgwyn’s character and concludes with extracts from letters written by … Continue reading

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17 July 1863: “A telegram…announces the death of our dear Johnston which occurred this morning”

  Item Description: Letter, 17 July 1863, From Mary W. Bryan to her daughter, informing her of General James Johnston Pettigrew’s death. On July 14th, 1863, a telegram had  been delivered to a Reverend Pringle asking him to write to … Continue reading

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