Category Archives: Southern Historical Collection

6 November 1864: “We wold blo it up before thay shood have it.”

Item Description: Letter from Jerome Rigins, a sailor in the Confederate Navy, to Martin Moser.  He discusses how Union troops have taken Plymouth and will likely take Kinston.  If Kinston were to fall, they would destroy their ship (believed to … Continue reading

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5 November 1864: “these will be but little security to any thing below the Wilmington”

Item Description: Letter dated 5 November 1864 written by William S. Pettigrew. He writes regarding the charge of his baggage, will, and other personal belongings. His worry over the possibility of a Wilmington invasion informs his instructions. Item Citation: Folder … Continue reading

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4 November 1864: “Morning Report of 1st, 2nd, & 4th GA, Cav.”

Item description: The morning report of the brigade commanding by Colonel C. C. Crews Item Citation: From Folder 9, in the William Asbury Whitaker Papers #3433, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Item Transcription:  … Continue reading

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3 November 1864: “I have considerable misgiving as to the question of Negro troops”

Item Description: Letter dated 3 November 1864 from William Porcher Miles to Robert E. Lee. He discusses the use of slaves as soldiers in the Confederate Army. Item Citation: Folder 52, William Porcher Miles Papers, #508, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson … Continue reading

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1 November 1864: “Camp on the Appomattox”

Item Description: Sketch of a camp on the Appomattox near Petersburg, VA. Item Citation: From Folder 36 of the John S. Henderson Papers, #327, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Item Transcription: Camp … Continue reading

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31 October 1864: “After Ram had been sunk.”

Item Description:  A photograph of a sketch of the naval attack at Plymouth, N.C. on 31 October 1864. Inscription on the back describes the moment the sketch depicts.  Item Citation: From Unit 3, in the Confederate Papers #172, Southern Historical Collection, The … Continue reading

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30 October 1864: “every cloud no matter how dark has a silver lining”

Item Description: Letter from Abram M. Allen, an Ellison slave who was freed before the Civil War, to Eliza Ellison.  He offers his condolences on the loss of her husband. Item Citation: Folder 2 of the Henry Alderson Ellison Papers, … Continue reading

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29 October 1864: “To leave this God cursed soil behind”

Item Description: Poem written by Maj. McKnight. Oroon Alston Hanner copied this poem into his autograph album while in prison on Johnson Island. He was given this autograph album by a local women’s society. While in prison, he collected autographs … Continue reading

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28 October 1864: “even as I would that of a brother, for such he ever seemed to me”

Item Description: Letter dated 28 October 1864 written by John Francis Shaffner. He gives extensive description of his love for Carrie Fries, who he became engaged to in September 1863. Shaffner also mourns the loss of a close friend in … Continue reading

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27 October 1864: “the very idea of “reconstruction” sends a thrill of horror and disgust through my veins.”

Item Description: Sarah Lois Wadley, a Louisiana woman, discusses in her diary the events of the preceding two weeks. She describes a trip into town, the behavior of her children, and how they are taking care of a wounded soldier. Item … Continue reading

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