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6 April 1864: “Since we entered the Tenn R. I can honestly say I never saw so handsome a river.”

Item Description: Letter dated 6 April 1864 written by Edward W. Allen to his parents, James and Emily Allen. Edward served in Company H of the 16th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry Volunteers and in this letter was moving from Vicksburg, MS (where … Continue reading

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27 March 1864: “They went for the purpose of burning the town of Swansboro…”

Item description: Letter, dated 27 March 1864, from James Gifford, a United States Navy paymaster steward, to his parents.  He write from aboard the U.S. Release while stationed off Beaufort, N.C., and describes a failed attempt to burn the town of Swansboro … Continue reading

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19 February 1864: “We are rather hard up at the Hospital, as the $1.25 cents barely feeds the men. Congress had doubled the allowance but the law does not take effect for a month.”

Item Description: Letter, 19 February 1864, from Phoebe Yates Pember, a nurse at Chimborazo Hospital originally from Savannah, Georgia. In it, she describes life in the hospital and in Baltimore, sentiment about the war, and economic problems. Phoebe would survive the … Continue reading

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10 February 1864: “…Yankees remained out a week scouring the county over enrolling the negroes and taking a list of white folks who now-a-days are of secondary consideration, as Gen Butler says he would not give one colored soldier for two white ones.”

Item Description: Letter, dated 10 February 1864 from Louly Seawell to her cousin Nanny from “The Shelter.” The letter describes the capture of Nanny’s brother Hairston Watkins, who was held at Point Lookout, Maryland. Louly also describes the enrollment of African … Continue reading

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26 November 1863: “I know of no more fitting resting place for a brave soldier than the battle field in which he has laid down his life in the defense of the rights of his Country”

Item description: letter, 26 November 1863, from Robert E. Lee to R.H. Graves in which he regretfully acknowledges the loss of Captain H. A. Gordan at Gettysburg and the impossibility of recovering his body. He concludes that the battlefield is … Continue reading

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7 November: “With everything to cheer me, there was an unaccountable weight on my spirits.”

Item Description: Diary entry, dated 7 November, 1863 by Edward Anderson. At the time a colonel on duty in Savannah, his diary entry discusses reminisces of the “good old days” and discusses the disrepair and neglect of a plantation. During his lifetime, Anderson … Continue reading

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23 September 1863: “To have and to hold the aforesaid lands…”

Item Description: Land indenture in Orange County, North Carolina, dated 23 September 1863, from an Edmund Strudwick and William Augustus Graham to a Charles Freeland. Item Citation: Folder 205, William Graham Papers, #00285, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North … Continue reading

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18 November 1862: “Now I tell you if you want to see him alive you must come shortly for he cant live long the fix he is in…”

Item Description: Letter of 18 November 1862 from Captain Arthur Walker to the father of William A. Collins, who was wounded at the Battle of Antietam and lay dying at Chimborazo Hospital No. 4 in Richmond, Va. [Transcription available below … Continue reading

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8 October 1862: “you are therefore commanded to take the boddy of the said negro slave Lee and cause him to appear before me or some other Justice of the Peace…”

Item description: Two warrants, executed by Felix Johnson, a justice of the peace for Surry County, N.C., for the arrest of slaves accused of stealing leather from a tannery. The warrants are annotated to indicate the judgment and punishment that … Continue reading

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14 February 1862: It seems that on Monday the enemy got possession of Elizabeth City. Henningsen was there & retreated – When last heard from he was at Newby’s Bridge & probably escaped to Suffolk or some point on the Rail Road to Norfolk.

Item description: Entry, 14 February 1862, from the diary of Thomas Bragg (Attorney General of the Confederate States of America, 1861-1863), written in Richmond, Va. Bragg comments on the capture of Elizabeth City, military affairs, diplomacy, and the burden felt … Continue reading

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