Category Archives: North Carolina Collection

5 June 1864: “I have your private note stating that Colonel Jourdan proposes to attack Wilmington.”

Item description: A letter from acting Rear Admiral Samuel Phillips Lee to Commander A. G. Clary of the U.S.S. Dacotah transmitting a copy of a confidential letter (previously sent to Captain Benjamin F. Sands) concerning a proposed attack upon Fort … Continue reading

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3 June 1864: “a circumstance which can hardly be looked upon as a positive loss . . .”

Item: Transcription: THE DAILY JOURNAL. CONFEDERATE STATES OF AMERICA. WILMINGTON, N. C., FRIDAY, JUNE 3, 1864. FOR some reason we are for two days without mails from Richmond, our latest letter or newspaper dates from that city not coming down … Continue reading

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2 June 1864: “ALL PASSES without exception, that have been given to persons to visit the Banks and fish in the Sounds, are hereby revoked.”

Item description: These are notices that appeared on 2 June 1864 in The Daily Journal of Wilmington, North Carolina. The first notice deals with the passenger lists of ships running the Union blockade, and the second with the revocation of … Continue reading

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1 June 1864: “A Friend has left with us a rather curious piece of Yankee iron-mongery . . . “

Item Description: news item, The Daily Journal (Wilmington, N.C.), 1 June 1864, page 2 column 3. Transcription: “A friend has left with us a rather curious piece of Yankee iron-mongery, weighing some six pounds, we should think.  It is sort … Continue reading

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23 May 1864: “We are guarded by negro troops, who are as mean as hell.”

Item Description: Diary entry, dated 23 May 1864, written by Louis Leon, a Confederate soldier in the North Carolina Infantry. At this point in the war, Leon has been imprisoned at Point Lookout, Maryland.  In this entry, he describes an incident … Continue reading

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18 May 1864: “Our Indian allies, under Stand Watie and others, who have never wavered in the darkest hours of our struggle, who have sacrificed their all to the great cause of Southern liberty, will ever be gratefully remembered…”

Item description: The Hillsborough Recorder of 18 May 1864 included this news item from the Richmond Enquirer of 5 May 1864. The excerpts are from letters describing a battle between General Stand Watie and the 1st Indian Brigade of the … Continue reading

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14 May 1864: “Nothing can be more disheartening than the disasters at Plymouth.”

Item description: “The War in North Carolina—Plymouth.—From a sketch by Mr. Von Grieff.”  In Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper, 14 May 1864, page 116.  The illustration   accompanied the article “Plymouth, North Carolina” on page 119. Note: The article and illustration depict events … Continue reading

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27 April 1864: “If elected I will do everything in my power to promote the interests, the honor and the glory of North Carolina, and to secure an honorable peace.”

Item description: This political advertisement by William W. Holden is found in the Hillsborough Recorder published on 27 April 1864. Holden announces his candidacy for governor of North Carolina, promising to “promote the interests, the honor and the glory of … Continue reading

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22 April 1864: “. . . the principles enunciated by him, accord with the true spirit of our institutions, and constitute, in fact, the very ‘foundation stone’ of all liberty.”

Item Description: “Speech of Hon. A. H. Brown” (editorial), The Daily Conservative (Raleigh, N. C.), 22 April 1864, page 2, column 1. References: Speech of Hon. Alexander H. Stephens : delivered before the Georgia legislature, on Wednesday night, March 16th, … Continue reading

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1 April 1864: “…Mr. Wright (a gentleman of whose Union sentiments I am strictly confident) kindly offered his assistance to guide us from his residence at Blinkhorn Creek to the headquarters of Lieutenant Roy at Chuckatuck…”

Item description: “Additional report of Acting Rear-Admiral Lee, U. S. Navy, transmitting report [from 1 April 1864] regarding services rendered by Mr. Wright.” Item transcription: Confidential.] FLAGSHIP NORTH ATLANTIC BLOCKADING SQUADRON, Off Newport News, Va., April 2, 1864 SIR: I … Continue reading

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