Category Archives: Southern Historical Collection

23 November 1864: “If Eva would only love, but I don’t think she does”

Item Description: Diary entry dated 23 November 1864 by Sarah Lois Wadley. She writes about her difficulties with teaching and the dynamics of her family. Item Citation: Folder 5, Sarah Lois Wadley Papers, #1258, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University … Continue reading

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22 November 1864: “The yankees passed last week, but did not trouble anything.”

Item Description: A letter from Mary Forbes to Julia Joyner. Mrs. Joyner directed affairs on the family plantation while her husband and son’s were in the war. Mary inquires after acquaintances and family members in this letter and mentions an encounter with … Continue reading

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21 November 1864: “I would willingly enter the army this winter with the consent of my parents, still if Father can raise the funds I presume I will be allowed to graduate.”

Item Description: Letter from John Steele Henderson to his mother, Mary Ferrand Henderson. He writes that he needs more money for his tuition or he will be forced to leave the University of North Carolina.  He is due to come … Continue reading

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20 November 1864: “arrested the men that left the Battalion”

Item Description: Letter to George William Logan about arresting men who deserted and gathering new men for the company. Item Citation: Folder 37, George William Logan Papers, #1560, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill … Continue reading

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19 November 1864: “much obliged to you for sending them in”

Item Description: Letter dated 19 November 1864 regarding travel plans. Item Citation: Folder 463, Thomas Ruffin Papers, #641, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Item Transcription: Nov 19 1864 My dear Sir, I was … Continue reading

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18 November 1864: “it is at work instilling poison in the minds of the people”

Item Description: A letter from Bryan Grimes to his wife. Bryan was an officer in the Confederate Army during the Civil War. He was located in Virginia during the war, but was from North Carolina. In this letter, he mentions General … Continue reading

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17 November 1864: “Tell her to knit another pair just like them onley a litle larger round”

Item Description: Letter to James B. and E. Knight from their son, James F. Knight, near Kinston, NC.  He writes to thank his parents for the package containing figs, bacon, and gloves.  He asks that they knit him more gloves … Continue reading

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16 November 1864: “This is the day set apart by President Davis as a day of public worship”

Item Description: A letter from James Graham to his mother. James Augustus Graham was an officer stationed in Virginia and South Carolina during the war. In this letter he requests items for his troops. It reveals a lot about what the soldiers … Continue reading

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15 November 1864: “I do not take that lively interest in writing that I used to”

Item Description: Diary entry dated 15 November 1864, written by Sarah Lois Wadley. She writes about her social engagements and activities of the past week. Item Citation: Folder 5, Sarah Lois Wadley Papers, #1258, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University … Continue reading

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14 November 1864: “we are saddled up to meet the Yanks.”

Item Description: A letter from the cousin of Margaret E. Blackwell describing his experience in the Confederate Army in Alabama. He explains several small skirmishes between his men and the Union army, a wagon stampede, and what he gets up to … Continue reading

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