Category Archives: North Carolina Collection

16 July 1863: “In the name of reason, of suffering humanity, and of the religion which we profess…bring about an honorable peace.”

Item Description: Letter, 16 July 1863, to the editor of the Raleigh Standard, from “A Southern Man” (attributed to the famous secessionist, R.S. Donnell). In the letter, Donnell reflects on the history of secession, comments on the state of the Civil War, … Continue reading

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25 June 1863: “So far we have lived very good in the enemy’s country.”

Item Description: Diary entry, 25 June 1863, written by Louis Leon, a Confederate soldier in the North Carolina Infantry. In it, Leon describes the town of Carlisle, PA, and his regiment’s march to Gettysburg. Item Citation: From the Diary of a Tar … Continue reading

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18 June 1863: “. . . dismissed, probably forever.”

Item description: Brief entry, dated 18 June 1863, from Leaves from a Diary Written While Serving in Co. E, 44 Mass., Dep’t of No. Carolina, an account, written by John Jasper Wyeth of Co. E, of the experiences of the 44th Massachusetts … Continue reading

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14 June 1863: “The captain, without hesitation, acknowledged her to be a Confederate vessel and stated his cargo to consist of liquors, medicines, drugs, and provisions, with probably some articles for the rebel Government.”

Item description: “Capture of Confederate steamer Calypso, June 11, 1863. Report of Commander Bankhead, U. S. Navy, commanding U. S. S. Florida.” The report discusses the capture of the Confederate steamer Calypso off the North Carolina coast. The ship was … Continue reading

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4 June 1863: “The main purpose of the expedition is to destroy the foundry, where it is said shot, shell, guns, and other instruments of rebellion are manufactured.”

Item description: Report, dated 4 June 1863, by Major General Erasmus D. Keyes regarding an expedition to destroy a Confederate foundry on the Mattapony River near Walkerton, Virginia. To read more from the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in … Continue reading

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01 June 1863: “instead of belonging to Massa John Brown, they now belong to Massa Uncle Sam”

Item: news article, New York Herald, 1 June 1863, page 5, column 1. Transcription: NEWS FROM NORTH CAROLINA. Progress of the Negro Enlistments. Important Order on the Subject from Major General Foster, &c., &c., &c. Correspondence of Mr. Samuel R. … Continue reading

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23 May 1863: “About 9 a.m. the enemys firing being still kept up and proving very annoying I endeavored to drive off the enemy with Capt. Moody’s Battery”

Item description: Letter, 23 May 1863, from Edward Porter Alexander, providing great detail about the Battle of Chancellorsville. His original report contained several edits in blue ink, which are noted in the transcription below in brackets. Interestingly, in the report … Continue reading

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19 May 1863: ” . . . we begin to breathe more freely and to cast our eyes towards the Southwest with less misgivings than we had last week.”

Item: Editorial, The Daily Journal (Wilmington, N. C.), 19 May 1863, page 2, column 1. Transcription: Now that we know that General JOHNSTON has got down to the vicinity of Jackson and Vicksburg and taken the management of things in … Continue reading

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18 May 1863: “We shall look for further news from that quarter with much interest.”

Item: editorials and advertisements, The Daily Journal (Wilmington, N. C.), 18 May 1863, page 2, columns 1 and 2. Notes: 1) The Siege of Vicksburg began on 18 May 1863.  2) Colonel Thomas Purdie, of the 18th North Carolina Regiment, … Continue reading

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12 May 1863: “In accepting your resignation as Military Governor of North Carolina, I cannot but express my regret that the Government, in this trying hour, should lose the benefit of your able and patriotic service.”

Item description: This letter was written by Edwin M. Stanton, United States Secretary of War, to Edward Stanly, who had served as Military Governor of North Carolina. In it Stanton comments on the “zeal and fidelity” Stanly showed while dealing … Continue reading

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