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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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11 April 1863: “The giant mind of Lee is even now, I confidently believe, moulding plans of attack, should Hooker fail to advance…”

Item Description:  Letter, dated 11 April 1863, from Ruffin Thomson to his father, William H. Thomson.  Ruffin Thomson was the oldest child and only son of William H. Thomson and Hannah Lavinia Thomson. He studied at the University of Mississippi … Continue reading

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10 April 1863: “A great many spectators especially ladies _ for whom Genl Hardee has given the entertainment _ he has several at his house _ and this is the second or third time they have come up from Huntersville.”

Item description: Diary entry, 10 April 1863, by Taylor Beatty (b. 1837), a lawyer from Thibodaux, Lafourche Parish, Louisiana, serving under General Braxton Bragg . On 12 January 1863, General Bragg offered Beatty a position, which he accepted, in the … Continue reading

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21 October 1862: “Gen. Stewart was quite a favorite at Gainesville, especially among the ladies.”

Item description: Letter, 21 October 1862, from Cicero Adams to his wife Mary. More about Cicero Adams:  Cicero Adams was the husband of Mary Hughes and son-in-law of John H. Hughes, all from the Edgefield area of South Carolina. Cicero, along … Continue reading

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12 September 1862: “The time of ironclad being ready is very indefinite. It is questionable if she will be finished for some time to come…”

Item description: Report, dated 12 September 1862, from Charles Wilkes, commanding officer of the James River Flotilla, to Gideon Welles, United States Secretary of the Navy. Item citation: Official records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion.. … Continue reading

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23 August 1862: “He came too, to take away slaves. He wanted two especially – Rina, who was washer and ironer for the family, and the childs nurse called Bella…”

Image description: Entry, dated 23 August 1862, from the diary of Laura Towne. Towne (1825-1901) came to St. Helena as part of the Port Royal Relief Group of Pennsylvania, an abolitionist group that came to Beaufort, S.C. and the surrounding … Continue reading

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9 January 1865:

A bill to provide for the appointment of a directing general of the armies of the Confederate States. http://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=dul1.ark:/13960/t5n881f7g;seq=1;view=1up http://search.lib.unc.edu/search?R=UNCb3163967

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