Category Archives: Rare Book Collection

3 March 1865: “With regard to the prison stations at Andersonville, Salisbury and other places south of Richmond[…] We are satisfied that privation, suffering and mortality, to an extent much to be regretted, did prevail among the prisoners there, but they were not the result of neglect, still less of design on the part of the Confederate government.”

Item description: Report, dated 3 March 1865, of the Joint Select Committee appointed to investigate the Condition and Treatment of Prisoners of War. [Note: The image above is only the first page of the report. Click here to see a complete … Continue reading

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25 February 1865: “…as will hereafter prevent consequences so unjust and injurious to said farming interests.”

Item Description: Resolution passed by the General Assembly of the state of Virginia, in relation to the Confederate States impressment laws. [Scans courtesy of Internet Archive and Duke University Library. This item can also be found via the Rare Book Collection, University … Continue reading

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11 February 1865: “The delay which all these causes have produced in the payment of the troops, whilst it is painfully regretted by all who appreciate their invaluable services, ought and should be promptly redressed by the action of Congress, and the officers charged with the same.”

Item Description: Report, dated 11 February 1865, of the Special Committee on the Pay and Clothing of the Army, House of Representatives of the Confederate States of America. [Scans courtesy of Internet Archive and Duke University Library. This item can also be found … Continue reading

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5 February 1865: “We learned from them that the message of President Lincoln to the Congress of the United States, in December last, explains clearly and distinctly his sentiments as to the terms, conditions and method of proceeding, by which peace can be secured to the people…”

Item Description: Report, “Message of the President : to the Senate and House of Representatives of the Confederate States of America (with an Extract from Mr. Lincoln’s message of December last, referred to in the foregoing report)”. [Scans courtesy of Internet Archive … Continue reading

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3 February 1865: “Resolutions adopted by Humphrey’s Mississippi Brigade”

Item Description: Resolutions adopted by Humphrey’s Mississippi Brigade, Army of Northern Virginia on February 3, 1865. These resolutions reaffirm the Brigade’s loyalty to the confederacy despite the hardships they face. [Scans courtesy of Internet Archive and Duke University Library. This item … Continue reading

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30 January 1865: “Resolutions adopted by Bratton’s Brigade”

Item Description: These are the resolutions adopted by Bratton’s Brigade on January 30th, 1865, where they renew their loyalty to the Confederacy. [Scans courtesy of Internet Archive and Duke University Library. This item can also be found via the Rare Book Collection, University … Continue reading

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9 January 1865: “That there shall be appointed by the President, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, a General.”

Item Description: A bill to provide for the appointment of a directing general of the armies of the Confederate States. [Scans courtesy of Internet Archive and Duke University Library. This item can also be found via the Rare Book Collection, University of … Continue reading

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30 August 1864: “extra pay will be allowed certain men in General Hospitals…”

Item Description: A circular, dated 30 August 1864, from the War Department, Surgeon General’s Office regarding extra pay for certain men in General Hospitals. Item Citation: Circular no. 17. Richmond : Surgeon-General’s Office, 1864. 1004.5 Conf., Rare Book Collection, Wilson … Continue reading

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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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