Category Archives: Rare Book Collection

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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26 December 1863: “IV. Which is the most approved mode of treating uncomplicated Gun Shot Wounds?”

Item description: A circular, dated 26 December 1863, from the Association of Army and Navy Surgeons [Confederate] seeking information on how to deal with aneurysms, hemorrhages, and gunshot wounds. Item transcription: Association of Army and Navy Surgeons, Richmond, Dec. 26, … Continue reading

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24 December 1863: “Shall the Confederacy stand or shall it fall? That is the question…”

Item description: A speech by Albert Gallatin Brown, Confederate senator from Mississippi, on the “State of the Country.” The speech was given in the Confederate Senate on 24 December 1863. To read the full document online, please see: https://archive.org/details/stateofcountryspbrow Item … Continue reading

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18 April 1863: “…the vessels of the volunteer navy are authorized to seize, capture and destroy upon the sea, or within the ebb and flow of the tide, all vessels and property of the United States, and of the citizens thereof…”

Item description: “An Act To Establish A Volunteer Navy,” Congress of the Confederate States of America, dated 28 February 1863. Item citation: “An Act to Establish a Volunteer Navy,” Confederate States of America, 18 April 1863. 57 Conf., Rare Book … Continue reading

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16 April 1863: “Many of the commissioned officers, of the provisional army have obtained high rank of election and promotion, before attaining the age of twenty-one years.”

Item description: Message, dated 16 April 1863, from President Jefferson Davis concerning his approval of a bill from the Confederate Congress entitled, “An act to allow minors to hold commissions in the army.” Item citation: “Message of the President,” Confederate … Continue reading

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27 March 1863: “It has been charged by both the ignorant and the evil-disposed against the people of our faith, that the Israelite does not fight in the battles of his country!”

Item description: This pamphlet contains a sermon delivered by Reverend M. J. Michelbacher of the Beth Ahabah Synagogue in Richmond, Virginia. In it he refutes claims that the Jewish people of the South are not actively supporting the Confederate cause … Continue reading

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28 February 1863: “Every person concerned in holding such elections in any State or camp, shall take an oath to support the constitution of Confederate States…”

Item description: ”A bill to be entitled An act to provide certain regulations for holding elections for representatives in the Congress of the Confederate States,” dated 28 February 1863. [Scans courtesy of Internet Archive. The original item can also be found in … Continue reading

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15 January 1863: “I recommend that an appropriation be made of the amount, and for the purpose specified.”

Item description: Message of President Jefferson Davis, dated 15 January 1863, transmitting reports from Confederate Secretary of Treasury C.G. Memminger and Postmaster General John H. Reagan. [Scans courtesy of Internet Archive and Duke University Library. This item can also be … Continue reading

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6 August 1862: “Officers in command of troops will be held pecuniarily responsible for damage done to private property by those under them…”

Item description: Special orders, No. 182, dated 6 August 1862. Item citation: Confederate States of America. Adjutant and Inspector-General’s Office. (1862). Special orders, no. 182. Richmond: [War Dept.]. Call # Conf. 1440, Rare Book Collection, Wilson Library. Item transcription: Adjutant … Continue reading

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7 April 1862: “How beautifully appropriate is this meaning of the word ‘Shiloh’ to us. It is the Desired, the Longed for. This victory we have been praying!”

Item description: Undated religious tract, “Shiloh: A Sermon,” written by J. Lansing Burrows, a Baptist minister from Richmond, Virginia. Burrows reflects on the meaning of the Battle of Shiloh, a pivotal battle fought on 6-7 April 1862 in southwestern Tennessee. … Continue reading

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