Category Archives: Southern Historical Collection

14 January 1865: “After all what is the use of “putting men into the Army” whether they be white or black if we cannot keep them there?”

Item Description: Letter from William Porcher Miles to Gen. Beauregard about use of slaves as soldiers in Confederate Army.  Miles goes back on his earlier idea of arming the slaves because he believes that will make them more likely to … Continue reading

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13 January 1865: “nothing at all to bother us except the mud”

Item Description: Letter dated 13 January 1865 written by James A. Graham to his mother. Graham, a native of Hillsborough, N.C., served as an officer in Company G (Orange Guards), 27th North Carolina Infantry Regiment, Confederate States of America. Item … Continue reading

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12 January 1865: “…wish I had been born here instead of in Georgia! That whole State is utterly demoralized, and ready to go back into the Union.”

Item description: Entry, dated 12 January 1865, from the diary of Emma Florence LeConte, the daughter of scientist Joseph LeConte of Columbia, S.C. Item citation: From the Emma LeConte Diary, #420-z, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at … Continue reading

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11 January 1865: “Their systematized falsehoods are so shameless and so notorious that all the world must distrust them.”

Item Description: Letter from William Nelson Pendleton to his daughter who is abroad.  He writes about Confederate losses and the slowly dwindling morale of the people. Item Citation: Folder 43, in the William Nelson Pendleton Papers, #1466, Southern Historical Society, … Continue reading

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10 January 1865: “The Sanitary Condition of the Brigade is excellent, no disease prevailing”

Item Description: Brigade report of the First Tennessee Calvary dated 10 January 1865. Item Citation: Folder 9, William Asbury Whitaker Papers, #3433, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Item Transcription: Medical Headquarters, Tenn. Cav. … Continue reading

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8 January 1865: “That army had suffered much in its morale by the long succession of retreats from Dalton”

Item Description: Letter from Jefferson Davis to his nephew Hugh.  He writes about issues with the Confederate military and government. Item Citation: From Folder 1, in the Mary Stamps Papers, #1453-z, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina … Continue reading

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7 January 1865: ” We have been for sometime daily upon the lookout for you and hope soon to see you.”

Item Description: Letter from John S. Wood of Hertford, NC to John Kimberly of Chapel Hill, NC.  He writes that he has acquired a pass to take the women and children from Elizabeth City, NC to Norfolk, VA.  He provides … Continue reading

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6 January 1865: “It is the opinion out here that our “peculiar institution” is forever dead”

Today we are sharing two letters that were sent together on January 6, 1865 by Thomas W. Patton and Thomas Weaver. Patton was a former Confederate officer and Weaver was his body servant. Item Description: Letter dated 6 January 1865 … Continue reading

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5 January 1865: “I am afraid we have a gloomy time before us”

Item Description: Letter dated 5 January 1865 from James Trooper Armstrong to his wife Matilda Greene Armstrong. He writes from Cavalry Headquarters, District Arkansas, at Camp Smith Plantation near Fulton, Missouri. Armstrong was the owner of Woodstock Plantation near Pine … Continue reading

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4 January 1865: “Father said the Yanks made a clean sweep of everything, and we have lost all our worldly possessions except the few negroes here.”

Item description: Entry, dated 4 January 1865, from the diary of Emma Florence LeConte, the daughter of scientist Joseph LeConte of Columbia, S.C. Item citation: From the Emma LeConte Diary, #420-z, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at … Continue reading

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