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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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26 October 1864: “Have you been down the factory to see the prisoners?”

  Item Description: A letter from John Henderson while he was at the University of North Carolina to his young siblings. He went on to become a member of Congress.   Item Citation: From Folder 36, in the John S. … Continue reading

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25 October 1864: “Each man will carry 10 rounds of ammunition on his person and four day full rations”

Item Description: Hand written United States Army document, containing General orders for troop movement. Item Citation: From Folder 1, in the Martha Vandever Papers, #1679-z, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.Hand Written United … Continue reading

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12 October 1864: “We are drawing light rashions here.”

Item Description: A letter written by Christopher Wren Bunker to his family from prison. It describes some of the conditions at prison, as well as some illness he has suffered. He served in the Confederate Army in eastern Tennessee and western … 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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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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27 July 1864: “I wish I could give you some idea of what a noble girl she is – Her letters are not only my greatest pleasure (next to seeing her) but they are something more than a girls love-letters.”

Item Description:  Letter, dated 17 December 1863, from Benjamin Lewis Blackford to his mother, Mary Berkeley Minor Blackford.  The letter details packages received, his love life, and family news.Item Citation:  Letter dated 27 July 1864, in the Blackford Family Papers … Continue reading

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21 July 1864: “on my arrival here I found about 30 Reb scouts who left in a Hurry – on our approach.”

Item Description:  Letter dated 21 July 1864 written by William H. Powell to Brigadier General William W. Averell.  William H. Powell served as a colonel in the 2nd West Virginia Cavalry Regiment. He commanded a brigade of cavalry as part … Continue reading

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29 May 1864: “One colored regiment at each place to hold against great odds these important positions, which the army is fortifying.”

Item description: Sent from Acting Rear-Admiral Samuel Phillips Lee to Gideon Welles, who was U. S. Secretary of Navy, this telegram discusses military movements in the Fort Powhatan and Wilson’s Wharf region of Virginia, especially that of African American Union … Continue reading

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16 September 1863: “…it is so sweet to me to be petted if it is only by letter.”

Item description: Letter, dated 16 September 1863, from Frances “Fannie” Roulhac Hamilton to her husband, Daniel Heyward Hamilton.  She discusses an unidentified illness and the spring where she and others are being treated, as well as the pregnancy of a … Continue reading

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