Category Archives: Southern Historical Collection

15 February 1865: “The alarm bell is ringing. […] ‘It is the Yankees.'”

Item Description: Entry, dated 15 February 1865, from the diary of Emma Florence LeConte, the daughter of scientist Joseph LeConte of Columbia, S.C. Emma writes about the impending destruction of Columbia. Item Citation: From the Emma LeConte Diary, #420-z, Southern Historical Collection, … Continue reading

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14 February 1865: “It is true some think Sherman will burn the town, but we can hardly believe that.”

Item Description: Entry, dated 14 February 1865, from the diary of Emma Florence LeConte, the daughter of scientist Joseph LeConte of Columbia, S.C. For the next week, we will be sharing entries from Emma LeConte’s diary that she kept during … Continue reading

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13 Febrary 1865: “You have no objection to my marrying on the spot or do you prefer my waiting until I am Brigadier General”

Item Description: A letter from R. Roulhac to his mother regarding, provisions for clothes, his romantic pursuits at home, as well as his rank in his regiment. He speaks at length about how much letters from home mean to him. … Continue reading

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12 February 1865: “The shells were thrown at the fort but when they exploded, the fragments flew in different directions, which caused us to do some tall dodging.”

Item Description:  Letter written by Zaccheus Ellis to his sister.  He discusses the living arrangements at Fort Anderson in North Carolina including the shelling by Union gunboats.  He also mentions fall in morale regarding Wilmington and lack of faith in … Continue reading

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8 February 1865: “the enemy have repaired burnt bridge and are crossing”

Item Description: George Anderson Mercer was a lawyer and Confederate officer from Savannah, Ga. He kept an intermittent diary throughout his life. During the War he was captured in Macon, Ga, and returned to service after his release. During this period … Continue reading

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7 February 1865: ” I am in a big hurry to get away from this place as I fear we are all destined to go up if we stay here long.”

Item Description: Letter from William Henry Tripp to his wife Araminta Guilford Tripp.  He describes evacuation Savannah and Bald Head.  He also details the dire situation at Fort Anderson which is under attack from Union naval ships.  He has submitted … Continue reading

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6 February 1865: “To our enemies I have no complaint to make”

Item Description: A letter regarding the treatment of Confederate prisoners by Union troops at Fort Pulaski for February 6th, 1865. Item Citation: From Folder 3, in the John Lucas Paul Cantwell Papers #3027, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of … Continue reading

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4 February 1865: “I don’t see any prospect of me ever visiting N. C. while the war lasts unless I am fortunate enough to get wounded.”

Item Description: A letter from Daniel M. Willis, a friend and Civil War companion to George W. Lewis, about why Willis has stayed with his regiment. He expresses his desire to go home, and hopes that George can remember him to … Continue reading

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2 February 1865: “The inclination of my mind at present is that the proposed change in the charter of the Danville Bank would be unconstitutional.”

Item Description: Letter written by John Gilmer to William T. Sutherlin.  He writes about the constitutionality of a change to the charter of Danville Bank in Danville, VA. Item Citation: Folder 21, in the William Thomas Sutherlin Papers, #3327, Southern … Continue reading

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1 Feb 1865: “Lieut. L. L. Conrad C. S. A. is hereby relieved from duty as acting asst. inspector general”

Item Description: A general order reassigning a lieutenant in Louisiana. Found in the George William Logan Papers. Item Citation: From Folder 43, in the George William Logan Papers #1560, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at … Continue reading

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