Category Archives: Southern Historical Collection

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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13 November 1864: “I hear that you have had supplementary drafts there and it has ruinated the township.”

Item Description: Letter from W. W. McKnight, Company E, 175th Ohio Volunteers in the hospital for jaundice at Columbia, Tenn., to his friend John Heaton in Fincastle, Ohio, describing his illness and the hometown boys in Company E and inquiring about … Continue reading

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12 November 1864: “The Yankees is not doing at Plymouth as yet only taking Brandy and getting drunk”

Item Description: Letter written by John Blekepon to William S. Pettigrew in response to Pettigrew’s letter on November 5th.  In the letter he discusses sending Pettigrew’s belongings, Union activity in Plymouth, NC, and Pettigrew’s personal health. Item Citation: Folder 270 … Continue reading

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10 November 1864: “Gen Sherman says it will be the grandest move of the war.”

Item Description: Letter dated 10 November 1964, written by Joseph S. Reynolds. He was an officer of the 64th Illinois Infantry Regiment and the Yates Sharpshooters, taking part in 17 battles, including Sherman’s March to the Sea. In this letter, … Continue reading

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9 November 1864: “the election day in the United States, what a struggle it must have been!”

Item Description: Diary entry dated 9 November 1864, written by Sarah Lois Wadley. Item Citation: Folder 5, Sarah Lois Wadley Papers, #1258, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Item Transcription: Wednesday, Nov. 9th. 1864 … Continue reading

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8 November 1864: “It seems like every body have forgotten me”

Item Description:  A letter to Emma Alexander, wife of Sydenham Benoni Alexander, from her cousin Eugene B. Wiggins Item Citation:From Folder 1, in the Emma Pauline Nicholson Alexander papers #4632, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina … Continue reading

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7 November 1864: “she sent a great deal of love to you and complained that you never wrote to her now.”

Item Description: Letter from William Porter Alexander to his wife.  He discusses aspects of his social life in town as well as his sentiments about arming slaves as soldiers.  Edward Porter Alexander (1835-1910) was an engineer, United States and Confederate … Continue reading

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6 November 1864: “We wold blo it up before thay shood have it.”

Item Description: Letter from Jerome Rigins, a sailor in the Confederate Navy, to Martin Moser.  He discusses how Union troops have taken Plymouth and will likely take Kinston.  If Kinston were to fall, they would destroy their ship (believed to … Continue reading

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5 November 1864: “these will be but little security to any thing below the Wilmington”

Item Description: Letter dated 5 November 1864 written by William S. Pettigrew. He writes regarding the charge of his baggage, will, and other personal belongings. His worry over the possibility of a Wilmington invasion informs his instructions. Item Citation: Folder … Continue reading

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4 November 1864: “Morning Report of 1st, 2nd, & 4th GA, Cav.”

Item description: The morning report of the brigade commanding by Colonel C. C. Crews Item Citation: From Folder 9, in the William Asbury Whitaker Papers #3433, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Item Transcription:  … Continue reading

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