Category Archives: Southern Historical Collection

20 September 1864: “The bloodiest battle I have ever witnessed”

Item Description: A detailed letter from John Paris to his wife describing The Third Battle of Winchester. Citation: From Folder 5, in the John Paris Papers #575, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Transcription:  Strasburg, … Continue reading

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19 September 1846: “He desires your immediate attention”

Item Description: A dispatch to General Logan asking him to comply with general orders. Citation: From Folder 33, in the George William Logan Papers #1560, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Transcription: #244B.   … Continue reading

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18 September 1864: “I believe a great many have left our Country for the North lately. I heard forty left Goldsboro last week.”

Item description: Letter, dated 18 September 1864, from Kate Chapman to Mary Ferrand Henderson of Salisbury, N.C. Item citation: From folder 36 in the John Steele Henderson Papers, #327, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at … Continue reading

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17 September 1864: “I hope this dreadful war will soon be over”

Item Description: A letter from William Dudley Gale to his sister Anna regarding his wife, and troop movements between divisions. Citation: From Folder 5, in the Gale and Polk Family Papers #266, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina … Continue reading

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15 September 1864: “The attention of Engineer Officers is called”

Item Description: An order from the Confederate War department to engineering officers. Item Citation: From Folder 13,  in the Clayton Family Papers #4792, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Item Transcription: Circular Confederate States of … Continue reading

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14 September 1864: “Genl Stannard’s 1st Division”

Item Description: Illustration dated 14 September 1864, by Herbert E. Valentine. He was a private in Company F of the 23rd Massachusetts Volunteers. Valentine made birds eye view sketches of the towns in which he was stationed, as well as … Continue reading

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13 September 1864: “There is nothing like getting used to a thing.”

Item Description: Letter dated 13 September 1864. He writes extensively about dodging shells in the trenches. James Augustus Graham was a resident of Hillsborough, N.C., and an officer in Company G (Orange Guards), 27th North Carolina Infantry Regiment, Confederate States of … Continue reading

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12 September 1864: “A whole population driven from their homes”

Item Description: Letter from Charles Olmstead to his wife dated Sept. 12, 1864 regarding the battle of Atlanta. Olmstead was a confederate army officer in the 1st Georgia Infantry Regiment. Item Citation: Item Citation: From Folder 5, in the Charles … Continue reading

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11 September 1864: “exchange of cotton goods for cotton card”

Item Description: Letter dated 11 September 1864 addressed to Andrew Baxter Springs from the Quarter Master General Department in South Carolina. Item Citation: From Folder 140 in Springs Family Papers #4121, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at … Continue reading

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10th September 1864: “His loss to the ‘Confederacy’ at this time, is a public calamity.”

Item Description: Two letters received by Mattie Ready on the same sheet of paper after her husband’s death. Her husband, named John Hunt Morgan, was a cavalry raider and brigadier general. Her family describes the fall of Atlanta and conditions in Georgia.   … Continue reading

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