Category Archives: Southern Historical Collection

1 December 1864: “We are ordered to the war”

Item Description: Letter from Peter Adams to John Steele Henderson.  He is being sent off to serve in the war. Item Citation: Folder 36 in the John S. Henderson Papers, #327, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina … Continue reading

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30 November 1864: “Thou hast nobly done thy duty, In thy Country’s holy strife, And thy soul of Christian beauty Hath assumed immortal life.”

Item Description: Letter from Polly Tunstall to her cousin Jane Alston, lamenting the death of her brother George Dudley Tunstall.  She also worries about the health of her father and her brothers Nathaniel and Landon who are serving in the … Continue reading

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29 November 1864: “The thieving scamps have broken Mr. Hunt, the Lipscombs and most everyone else in our county completely up.”

Item Description: Letter from H. R. Moore to Smith Lipscomb.  He discusses looting by Union Soldiers, wounded men at home, and contemplates joining the Army.  He also asks Lipscomb to secure his cotton to protect it from the Union soldiers. … Continue reading

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28 November 1864: “We hear sad news from your State which makes us all very miserable about you”

Item Description: A letter to Elizabeth Seawell Hairston from her sister, E. Jentmeyer, describing the movements of family and friends within and outside the confederate army. Also, the letter describes some of her daily activities, and her worry for Elizabeth after … Continue reading

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27 November 1864: “This extra issue of vegetable coming at this particular time may lead the troops to believe that it was made in consequence of the late mutiny…”

Item Description: Letter, dated 27 November 1864, from Maj. R.S. Gage (commissary officer in Clingman’s Brigade) to Col. Hector McKeithan. In the letter, Gage explains that he has distributed extra vegetables (“one and a half pounds of turnips and about … Continue reading

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26 November 1864: “…accoutrements brought into our lines by deserters from the enemy will be turned over to Brigade Ord. officers and taken up in their property…”

Item Description: Memorandum, dated 26 November 1864, issued by the Confederate War Department, concerning ordinances confiscated or recovered from deserters. Item Citation: Folder 18, T.L. Clingman Papers, #00157, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. … Continue reading

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25 November 1864: “All such property shall be upon a like footing with similar property within the lines.”

Item Description: A general order removing protection from the lands and nearby plantations. This order would allow officers to use the property of nearby landowners. Item Citation: From Folder 37, in the George William Logan Papers #1560, Southern Historical Collection, The … Continue reading

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24 November 1864: “He would march with 60000 men prepared with (30) days rations and would forage on the country”

Item Description: Letter from James Harvey Joiner to Harry Jayner. He talks about the election results in the United States. He also discusses how Sherman is getting ready to march with 60,000 men on either Savannah or Charleston. Item Citation: … Continue reading

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23 November 1864: “If Eva would only love, but I don’t think she does”

Item Description: Diary entry dated 23 November 1864 by Sarah Lois Wadley. She writes about her difficulties with teaching and the dynamics of her family. Item Citation: Folder 5, Sarah Lois Wadley Papers, #1258, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University … Continue reading

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22 November 1864: “The yankees passed last week, but did not trouble anything.”

Item Description: A letter from Mary Forbes to Julia Joyner. Mrs. Joyner directed affairs on the family plantation while her husband and son’s were in the war. Mary inquires after acquaintances and family members in this letter and mentions an encounter with … Continue reading

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