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2 October 1864: “disappointed in seeing Gen. Chalmers tonight”

Item Description: Diary entry dated 2 October 1864 from Belle Edmondson. According to family legend, which appears to be supported by the diary accounts, Miss Edmondson was a Confederate spy. Item Citation: Belle Edmondson Diary (1707-z), Southern Historical Collection, Wilson … Continue reading

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1 October 1864: “I can serve the country as well or better in my present position than in any other.”

Item Description: Letter dated 1 October 1864 written by W. H. Joyner. Joyner’s Uncle Sid was in prison at this time on Johnson Island. Item Citation: From folder 18, Joyner Family Papers (#04428), Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of … Continue reading

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30 September 1864: “We checked the Yankees at Port Republic.”

Item Description: Hastily written letter from Stephen D. Ramseur to his wife.  Mentions a Confederate victory at Port Republic and hopes that they will drive the Union forces from the Shenandoah Valley within a few days. Item Citation: Folder 10 … Continue reading

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30 September 1864:

Bryan Grimes Papers, #292 http://www.lib.unc.edu/mss/inv/g/Grimes,Bryan.html writes that he feels for the first time that Confederacy may not be established

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29 September 1864: “our men whipped the Yanks”

Item Description: Letter dated 29 September 1864 written by Wat W. Barrow who was at Chimborazo Hospital in Richmond. He writes to Louisa Watkins, describing his injuries, expressing his worries about brother Orren, and giving news of Hairston Watkins at … Continue reading

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28 September, 1864: “He desires you to move to the North side of James River”

Item Description: Letter to General R. H. Anderson commanding him to move across the James River to take command of the line of defense and establish a line of communication between General Lee and Major Generals Field and Pickett. Item … Continue reading

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27 September 1864: “A ball passed three inches above my head”

Item Description: Excerpt of a letter from Mrs. Louis H.deRosset regarding a dangerous journey, as her ship was attacked by Union blockaders. Citation: From Folder 62, in the DeRosset Family Papers #214, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel … Continue reading

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26 September 1864: “Commanders are directed to forward to these Headquarters”

Item Description: From Colonel George Logan’s records. A circular from Major General Buckner requesting lists of blacksmiths and carpenters from commanding officers. Citation: Folder 33, in the George William Logan Papers, #1560, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of … Continue reading

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25 September 1864: “Left the camp with an officer + ten men unable to walk”

Item Description: From Colonel George Logan’s records. This report from one of his captains informs him of transportation trouble and new camp conditions. It also informs him of the Captains decisions. Citation: In Folder 33, in the George William Logan … Continue reading

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24 September 1864: “Lincoln, that disgrace to humanity”

Item Description: Diary entry dated 24 September 1864 by Sarah Lois Wadley. In this letter she recounts her many social events throughout the course of a week and discusses the people with whom she socializes. She also mentions a friend … Continue reading

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