Category Archives: Southern Historical Collection

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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3 January 1865: “I went to the dairy to get a bucket with a little milk in it, a yankee came running half bent asking “what you got” I turned it bottom upwards and kept on”

Item Description: A letter from Alabama describing what the Union Army took during their occupation, as well as some of the conditions of the confederate people and animals.   Item Citation: From Folder 271, in the Pettigrew Family Papers #592, Southern Historical … Continue reading

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2 January 1865: “We had a very pleasant evening and were regaled in honour of the new year, which yesterday being Sunday was celebrated today, with egg-nog, Confederate cake and pop-corn.”

Item description: Entry, dated 2 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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1 January 1865: “how accustomed we have grown to what is horrible”

Item Description: A diary entry on the New Year in 1865 where Emma LeConte, from Columbia, South Carolina, hopes for a better year and reflects on news of the Yankees passing through plantations. Item Citation: From Folder 1, in the … Continue reading

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31 December 1864: “all the grateful swelling of the heart, all the music of the soul which this deep, this eternal music of the winds awakes as it passes over me”

Item Description: Diary entry dated 31 December 1864 by Sarah Lois Wadley. Item Citation: Folder 5, Sarah Lois Wadley Papers, #01258, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Item Transcription: Friday, Dec. 31st. 1864. I am … Continue reading

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30 December 1864: “Our expedition so far has been attended with the most complete success. The Rebels having lost Savannah…”

Item Description: Letter dated 30 December 1864 from Jonathan L. Whitaker to his wife Julia A. Wells Whitaker. Jonathan L. Whitaker was a physician from Orange County, N.Y. He served as a United States Army surgeon at a hospital at … Continue reading

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29 December 1864

Item Description: Letter dated 29 December 1864 from Jack Hall to H. Reynolds, Esq. Hall seems to have been a slaveholder in Salisbury, N.C., at the time of the Civil War. He writes to request flour and asks that Reynolds … Continue reading

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