Category Archives: Southern Historical Collection

5 September 1864: “This sad War, the innocent have to suffer with the guilty”

Item Description: Diary entry, dated 5 September 1864, written by William King. King was a plantation owner from Cobb County, Georgia. He remained alone on his plantation to protect his property and slaves from depredations by federal forces. Item Citation: … Continue reading

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4 September 1864: “if they intended to act in violation of the Constitution”

Item Description: Diary entry, dated 2 September 1864, written by William King. King was a plantation owner from Cobb County, Georgia. He remained alone on his plantation to protect his property and slaves from depredations by federal forces. Item Citation: … Continue reading

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3 September 1864: “they curse Hood beyond all account”

Item Description: Letter, 3 September 1864, from George Washington Baker to his mother. Baker hailed from Washington County, N.Y., and served with Company K, 123rd New York Volunteers in the Civil War. Item Citation: From folder 5 of the George … Continue reading

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2 September 1864: “he now thought it too sad a War, to increase its terrors more than can possibly be avoided”

Item Description: Diary entry, dated 2 September 1864, written by William King. King was a plantation owner from Cobb County, Georgia. He remained alone on his plantation to protect his property and slaves from depredations by federal forces. Item Citation: … Continue reading

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1 September 1864: “We have lots of fun along the lines.”

Item Description: Letter, 1 September 1864, from Alfred N. Proffit, private in Company D, 18th Regiment N.C. Troops to his sister and cousin. Item Citation: From folder 4 in the Proffit Family Papers, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of … Continue reading

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31 August 1864: “My woman Angelina gave the little boy Wilson a most unmerciful thrashing.”

Item Description: Diary entry, dated 31 August 1864, written by John Houston Bills. Bills was a Tennessee planter who was active in the Democratic Party, the Freemasons, a temperance society, and was a friend of President James K. Polk.  Diary … Continue reading

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23 August 1864:

Item description: Letter from William Martin. Martin’s letter of 23 August 1864 stated that he was entrenched near Petersburg, Va. He also related that Benjamin Brown had been wounded in the hand. The same letter comments on short rations and … Continue reading

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22 August 1864:

http://www.lib.unc.edu/mss/inv/j/Jacocks,Jonathan.html letter from Jacocks in the battle line around Atlanta

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20 August 1864:

http://www.lib.unc.edu/mss/inv/j/Jacocks,Jonathan.html letter from Jacocks in the battle line around Atlanta

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12 August 1864:

http://www2.lib.unc.edu/mss/inv/b/Burwell,George_W.html 12 August 1864: an invitation to George to attend an “investigation of the conduct of the negroes of the neighborhood during the Yankee raid.”

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