Category Archives: Rare Book Collection

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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4 December 1861: “What is the chief end of man?”

Item description: Small printed catechism “ratified by the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in The United States at August, Ga.” published by the Presbyterian Committee of Publication in Richmond, Virginia. Much of the content is arranged as a set … Continue reading

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18 November 1861: “We are gradually becoming independent of the rest of the world for the supply of such military stores”

Item description: President’s message: to the Congress of the Confederate States, written from Richmond on November 18, 1861. Davis gives a general overview of the current state of the war, comments on the neutrality of Kentucky, the current state of communication … Continue reading

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15 November 1861: ” “Come behold the works of the Lord, what desolations He hath made in the earth. He maketh wars to cease unto the end of the earth; He breaketh to bow, and cutteth the spear in sunder; He burneth the chariot in the fire…”

Item description: God in the War. A Sermon Delivered before the Legislature of Georgia, in the Capitol at Milledgeville, on Friday, November 15, 1861, Being a Day Set apart for Fasting, Humiliation and Prayer, by his Excellency the President of … Continue reading

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24 August 1861: “…authorized to appoint an assayer at Charlotte, North Carolinia, and another at Dahlonega, in the State of Georgia, whose duty it shall be to assay and certify the fineness and value of such gold and silver…”

Item description: Act of the Confederate States of America (approved on 24 August 1861, and later published in The Statutes at Large of the Provisional Government of the Confederate States of America) concerning the appointment of two assayers (one in … Continue reading

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30 July 1861: “A resolution to dispose of donations made by certain Churches on the late Fast Day.”

Item description: Resolution (approved on 30 July 1861) concerning the disposition of financial donations made to the Confederate States of America by Southern churches, as published in “The Statutes at Large of the Provisional Government of the Confederate States of … Continue reading

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16 July 1861: “If that be true, I should be glad to hear some reasons assigned by gentlemen showing the power of the Congress of the United States, by joint resolution, to cure a breach of the Constitution or to indemnify the President against violations of the Constitution and the laws.”

Item description: Speech made by John C. Breckinridge, of Kentucky, in the United States Senate on 16 July 1861, later published in this volume. Breckinridge served as Vice President under James Buchanan and, later, as United States senator from Kentucky, … Continue reading

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3 July 1861: “Lt. Gen’l Winfield Scott, &c., &c., &c. SIR: Some persons who depreciate your greatness, declare that your vanity is so excessive that it even rejects the sympathy of your friends.”

Item description: An editorial written, as a letter to General Winfield Scott, by an anonymous “southern spy.” The author was later identified as Edward Alfred Pollard (1832–1872). Item citation: From catalog #2824 Conf. in the Rare Book Collection, Wilson Library, … Continue reading

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23 June 1861: “Last night we travelled through lines of outposts, over danger-haunted bridges, by camps where the soldiers watched eagerly for their supply of bread…”

Item description: Final entry, 23 June 1861, in a series of war dispatches written by Sir William Howard Russell (a British reporter writing for The London Times). Written as letters from various places in the South from April 30 to … Continue reading

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11 June 1861: “Battle at Bethel Church! Authentic Account. Successful Skirmish Between North Carolinians and the Enemy.”

Item description: Extra from the Daily Dispatch (Richmond, Va.), published on 11 June 1861, describing the Battle of Bethel Church.   Item citation: Daily Dispatch– extra. [Richmond, Va.: J.A. Cowardin?], 1861. From the Rare Book Collection, Wilson Library, University of … Continue reading

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