Category Archives: Southern Historical Collection

7 October 1864: “Captured and are still in Yankeedom.”

Item Description: Cornelius Dabney, a student at the University of Virginia, describes the effects of the Civil War on his family in his diary. At the time when this is written he was not at school. Item Citation: Folder 1, in the … Continue reading

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6 October 1864: “I cannot get anything to read here”

Item Description: Letter dated 6 October 1864 from J. D. from prison in Ohio. He writes to his Uncle Edwin in Philadelphia about finances. Item Citation: From folder 19 in Confederate Papers, #00172, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of … Continue reading

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5 October 1864: “not one tear of affection shed at her grave”

Item Description: Letter dated 5 October 1864 written by Eliza Jane Lord DeRosset to her son, Louis Henry. Item Citation: From folder 62 in the DeRosset Family Papers (#00214), Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel … Continue reading

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4 October 1864: “Useless to send further orders to cross the troops”

Item Description: A copy of a telegram dated October 4th, from Lt. General R. Taylor to General Braxton Bragg regarding the order of a pardon for deserters by General E. Kirby Smith. The reverse side records the results of the … Continue reading

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3 October 1864: “The following transfers are hereby ordered”

Item Description: Orders issued by order of Lieutenant General Buckner for the transfers of Privates Gerod and Pool. Item Citation: Folder 34 from the George William Logan Papers, #1560, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel … Continue reading

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2 October 1864: “disappointed in seeing Gen. Chalmers tonight”

Item Description: Diary entry dated 2 October 1864 from Belle Edmondson. According to family legend, which appears to be supported by the diary accounts, Miss Edmondson was a Confederate spy. Item Citation: Belle Edmondson Diary (1707-z), Southern Historical Collection, Wilson … Continue reading

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1 October 1864: “I can serve the country as well or better in my present position than in any other.”

Item Description: Letter dated 1 October 1864 written by W. H. Joyner. Joyner’s Uncle Sid was in prison at this time on Johnson Island. Item Citation: From folder 18, Joyner Family Papers (#04428), Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of … Continue reading

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30 September 1864: “We checked the Yankees at Port Republic.”

Item Description: Hastily written letter from Stephen D. Ramseur to his wife.  Mentions a Confederate victory at Port Republic and hopes that they will drive the Union forces from the Shenandoah Valley within a few days. Item Citation: Folder 10 … Continue reading

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29 September 1864: “our men whipped the Yanks”

Item Description: Letter dated 29 September 1864 written by Wat W. Barrow who was at Chimborazo Hospital in Richmond. He writes to Louisa Watkins, describing his injuries, expressing his worries about brother Orren, and giving news of Hairston Watkins at … Continue reading

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28 September, 1864: “He desires you to move to the North side of James River”

Item Description: Letter to General R. H. Anderson commanding him to move across the James River to take command of the line of defense and establish a line of communication between General Lee and Major Generals Field and Pickett. Item … Continue reading

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