Category Archives: Southern Historical Collection

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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27 September 1864: “A ball passed three inches above my head”

Item Description: Excerpt of a letter from Mrs. Louis H.deRosset regarding a dangerous journey, as her ship was attacked by Union blockaders. Citation: From Folder 62, in the DeRosset Family Papers #214, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel … Continue reading

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26 September 1864: “Commanders are directed to forward to these Headquarters”

Item Description: From Colonel George Logan’s records. A circular from Major General Buckner requesting lists of blacksmiths and carpenters from commanding officers. Citation: Folder 33, in the George William Logan Papers, #1560, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of … Continue reading

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25 September 1864: “Left the camp with an officer + ten men unable to walk”

Item Description: From Colonel George Logan’s records. This report from one of his captains informs him of transportation trouble and new camp conditions. It also informs him of the Captains decisions. Citation: In Folder 33, in the George William Logan … Continue reading

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24 September 1864: “Lincoln, that disgrace to humanity”

Item Description: Diary entry dated 24 September 1864 by Sarah Lois Wadley. In this entry she recounts her many social events throughout the course of a week and discusses the people with whom she socializes. She also mentions a friend … Continue reading

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23 September 1864: “the officers are blamed more than the men were”

Item Description: Letter dated 23 September 1864 written by John H. Speed to his daughter Kate(?). Speed was a member of Company G, 3rd North Carolina Cavalry Regiment (also called the 41st Regiment, North Carolina Troops). During September 1864, Speed’s … Continue reading

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22 September 1864: “I guess Hood will have us all in the saddle tonight”

Item Description: A letter from Thomas Clayton to his wife Emma regarding a friend who got a leave of absence, poor weather conditions, and troop movements. Thomas Clayton did not enter the military until January 1864. Before that he served … Continue reading

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21 September 1864: “My sleeping quarters will not be quite as comfortable”

Item Description: James Gifford writes to his parents about his journey home to them in New Bedford, Massachusetts . He was a Naval officer stationed off the coast of North Carolina. Citation: Folder 3, in the James Gifford Papers #4493-z, Southern … Continue reading

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