Category Archives: Southern Historical Collection

11 December 1864: “they shot fifteen at once, with one ball”

Item Description: Diary entry dated 11 December 1864 by Sarah Lois Wadley. She writes about her various social engagements from the previous weeks. In particular, she recounts a meeting with a Confederate soldier. She also writes about attending at dance … Continue reading

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10 December 1864: “I dislike this arrangement for Sunday, but acquiesced as it seems necessary”

Item Description: A military communication regarding the movement of companies written from General William Nelson Pendleton, who served under Robert E. Lee and Joseph E. Johnson during the War, and was also an Episcopal clergyman. Item Citation: From Folder #42, in the … Continue reading

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9 December 1864: ” we keep very warm and comfortable as this is a small church and has a large fireplace at each end.”

Item Description: Letter from John W. Davis to his mother.  He describes his efforts to find his unit, the Topographical Engineers, around Wytheville, VA.  He also describes his unit’s camp in a church in Wytheville. Item Citation: Folder 30 in … Continue reading

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8 December 1864: “the darkest and most gloomy time we have experienced since the war”

Item Description: Letter dated 8 December 1864 to Mary Elizabeth (Lizzie) Garrett Lenoir of East Fork of Pigeon, Haywood County, N.C. Item Citation: Folder 155, Lenoir Family Papers, #426, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel … Continue reading

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7 December 1864: ” he too, like me was expecting to go home Christmas, but his hopes are all blighted and I am affraid that my chances is very slim”

Item Description: Letter from William D. Wharton to his future wife Mary Eliza Wharton.  He mentions Union action in the area and talks about his friend who was taken prisoner. He also tells her talks about a mission he led … Continue reading

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6 December 1864: “tell him to send your boys some money and something to eate”

Item Description: A letter from a slave at Fort Fisher sending thanks to his master for money and instructions for the care of his family. Despite difficulty spelling due to lack of education, he writes well and enough to communicate that … Continue reading

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5 December 1864: “Stuck on the Bar, was fired on, when the crew abandoned her.”

Item Description: The DeRosset family lived in Wilmington, NC during the Civil War and many of the family’s men were in the confederate army and navy. Much of the letters in the collection deal with the blockade, refugees, and the health of … Continue reading

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4 December 1864: “he is really suffering for want of clothing”

Item Description: Letter dated 4 December 1864 from Catherine Roulhac to her father. Item Citation: Folder 91, Ruffin, Roulhac, and Hamilton Family Papers, #643, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Item Transcription: Hillsboro Dec … Continue reading

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3 December 1864: “Everything indicates that our campaigning is at an end for this season.”

Item Description: Letter from William Thomas Humphrey to his wife Mary.  He writes that he sent some of his belongs with a friend traveling to Osceola, PA. He thinks that his unit, the 149th Pennsylvania Infantry Regiment, is done with … Continue reading

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2 December 1864: “I will now tell you how I made my escape.”

Item Description: A letter from W.D. Wharton to his future wife Mollie. Wharton was from North Carolina and served in the Confederate Cavalry in Virginia. Here he describes a narrow escape from Spring Creek, Virginia, and thanks God for sparing him. … Continue reading

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