Category Archives: North Carolina Collection

26 April 1865: “Conference between General Sherman and General Johnston”

Item Description: An image published in Harper’s Weekly Newspaper depicting General Johnston and General Sherman meeting to negotiate terms of surrender. Jefferson Davis had ordered Johnston to continue fighting, but Johnston had heard about the General Lee’s surrender and recognized the … Continue reading

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24 April 1865: “the vessel and ways were put in order under my direction”

Item Description: Two telegraph reports from the U.S. Navy regarding the seizure of the C.S.S. Beaufort by the U.S.S. Maumee, and the seizure of a confederate tug boat by U.S.S. Phlox in the James River. These telegrams display of the actions … Continue reading

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8 April 1865: “Lee’s attack on Grant’s lines”

Item Description: These pages from Harper’s Weekly newspaper published on April 8th, 1865 contain images depicting events from the war. The articles shows update readers on the War in North Carolina and tell of Lee’s final attack on Grant’s lines … Continue reading

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6 April 1865: “That Anaconda Tightening!”

Item Description: Bulletin announcing the fall of Richmond and Petersburg as well as the capture of Boone, North Carolina. Item Citation: The Times War Bulletin: New Berne, N.C., Thursday, April 6, 1865, No. 5.: Richmond Ours! Cb970.7 T58n    North Carolina … Continue reading

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5 April 1865: “We found that the rebel rams and gunboats had all been blown up.”

Item Description: This is a report of rear admiral Porter, U. S. Navy, regarding operations following the evacuation of Richmond. He reports on the progress of the removal of torpedoes left by Confederate ships. [Scans courtesy of Google Books and Cornell … Continue reading

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3 April 1865: “You will be careful and thorough in dragging the river for torpedoes and send men along the banks to cut the wire.”

Item Description: Report of Lieutenant Commander R. Chandler, United States Navy, 3 April 1865, regarding the removal of obstructions in the James River, transmitting instructions to Union navy ships on the James River in Virginia for similar operations. [Scans courtesy of Google Books … Continue reading

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29 March 1865: “I would respectfully request that you direct one or two gunboats to lay in the Appomattox…”

Item Description: Letter from Lieutenant-General Ulysses S. Grant, U.S. Army, to Rear-Admiral David D. Porter, U.S. Navy, asking that gunboats be positioned in both the Appomattox and James Rivers. Item Citation: Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in … Continue reading

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23 March 1865: “You will dispose your vessels about the sounds to capture all contraband of war going into the enemy’s lines”

Item Description: Order from Rear Admiral David D. Porter, of the U.S. Navy, to Commander W.H. Macomb regarding the seizure of contraband goods from captured Confederate ships. Item Citation: Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War … Continue reading

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20 March 1865: “Rifle Ball Battle at Bentonville the Last Battle of the War between the States”

Item Description: This object is a wood fragment and rifle ball removed from the Battle of Bentonville. The battle stalled Sherman’s march north toward Raleigh, but eventually Sherman succeeded. The rifle ball is embedded in pine wood, The reverse side the … Continue reading

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17 March 1865: “I have sent her to New Orleans for adjudication, together with papers found on board and the proper witnesses required.”

Item description: Report of Commander William Spicer, of the U.S.S. Quaker City, United States Navy, to Gideon Welles, Secretary of the Navy, regarding the capture of the blockade-running schooner the George Burkhardt. Item citation: Official records of the Union and … Continue reading

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