1 September 1864: “We have lots of fun along the lines.”

Item Description: Letter, 1 September 1864, from Alfred N. Proffit, private in Company D, 18th Regiment N.C. Troops to his sister and cousin.

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Item Citation: From folder 4 in the Proffit Family Papers, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Item Transcription:

Petersburg v.a.
September 1 1864

R.L. Proffit & S.R. Walsh

Esteemeed sister and cousin yours of the 22nd is at hand and it did not fail to interest me vary mutch to learn that you war all well. I am glad to hear from those fine revivals in Wilkes & also your fine crops – wheat, turnips, corn etc. I should love to be thare to help you eat some vegitables as they are so dear here. I can hardly buy them.

I will give you the prices of a few artickels: Appls from 2 to 5 dollars per dozen. Peaches and the same for onions $3 per quart. Water mellons from 3 to 10 dollars a peace. Butter $15 per labs. Small loves of bread $2 a cake. Milck $4 per quart and other things according. I am glad to hear of your good prospect for potatoes for I just paid one dollar for four little things. I give you some account of our fight on the 20th inst so I will no more about it.

We are now in our breast works two miles south west of Petersburg. Thare are no yankees in our front nearer than one mile and a half but the picket duty is hard as our brigade is vary small. We are drawing vary good rations. We all have as mutch bread and meat as we want. Old strong bacon but we got some beef today.

Sarah inform me in your next of Unkle Andrew and Ant Mary and all the family of the brig and what Regts do thay belong, the health of cousin Piley’s health etc. In form me how you like to live in Wilkes & what the prospect for Marages is. Write me soon and excuse me for my imposition by asking so many questions. I hope you will excuse me for not recollecting your name when you first wrote to me. Tell davy I should be proud to see her for I could tell her some rich jokes. We have lots of fun along the lines.

Sis and Sarah give my love and best wishes to all of my friends and consider your selves two of them. I am vary glad that you formed the resolution to give me a letter onse a week for I have looked in vain  many a long day. Dont break your intention. Sis I send Julyan Miller a [illegible]. Tell the rest I have run out but if I have the chance I would make them all one. Give her it as soon as you can if ti is two small tell her to give it to one of the rest and I will make her another. These lines leaves me in the best of health hopeing that may find you same.

 

Yours as ever,
A.N. Proffit

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31 August 1864: “My woman Angelina gave the little boy Wilson a most unmerciful thrashing.”

Item Description: Diary entry, dated 31 August 1864, written by John Houston Bills. Bills was a Tennessee planter who was active in the Democratic Party, the Freemasons, a temperance society, and was a friend of President James K. Polk.

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 Diary entry, dated 23 May 1864, written by Louis Leon, a Confederate soldier in the North Carolina Infantry. – See more at: http://blogs.lib.unc.edu/civilwar/index.php/tag/diaries/#sthash.pfwUXJ13.dpuf
 Diary entry, dated 23 May 1864, written by Louis Leon, a Confederate soldier in the North Carolina Infantry. – See more at: http://blogs.lib.unc.edu/civilwar/index.php/tag/diaries/#sthash.pfwUXJ13.dpuf

Item Citation: From the John Houston Bills Papers, #02245Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Letter dated 23 July 1864, in the Andrew Lucas Hunt Papers, #3225, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. – See more at: http://blogs.lib.unc.edu/civilwar/#sthash.IUiO13qb.dpuf
Letter dated 23 July 1864, in the Andrew Lucas Hunt Papers, #3225, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. – See more at: http://blogs.lib.unc.edu/civilwar/#sthash.IUiO13qb.dpuf
Letter dated 23 July 1864, in the Andrew Lucas Hunt Papers, #3225, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. – See more at: http://blogs.lib.unc.edu/civilwar/#sthash.IUiO13qb.dpuf
Letter dated 23 July 1864, in the Andrew Lucas Hunt Papers, #3225, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. – See more at: http://blogs.lib.unc.edu/civilwar/#sthash.IUiO13qb.dpuf
Letter dated 23 July 1864, in the Andrew Lucas Hunt Papers, #3225, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. – See more at: http://blogs.lib.unc.edu/civilwar/#sthash.IUiO13qb.dpuf

Item Transcription:

Wednesday, 31.

Getting up wood for winter,

My woman Angelina gave the little boy Wilson a most unmerciful thrashing. I forbid her interference with him again. She became so boisterous & insulting I am forced to correct her for the first time,

Jack break his wagon tongue out I spent the evening putting it in.

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30 August 1864: “extra pay will be allowed certain men in General Hospitals…”

Item Description: A circular, dated 30 August 1864, from the War Department, Surgeon General’s Office regarding extra pay for certain men in General Hospitals.

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Item Citation: Circular no. 17. Richmond : Surgeon-General’s Office, 1864. 1004.5 Conf., Rare Book Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Item Transcription:

CIRCULAR NO. 17.

WAR DEP’T., SURGEON GENERAL’S OFFICE.
RICHMOND, August 30th, 1864,

To Medical Directors of Hospitals:

Under the authority conveyed in Section 6, General Orders No. 66, A.& I. G. O., current series, extra pay will be allowed certain men in General Hospitals, as follows:

  • Hospital Stewards,. . . . . $1.00 per diem.
  • Ward Masters (detailed). . . . . 50 cts. per diem.

This allowance to detailed Ward Masters is inclusive of the 25 cents per diem, extra duty pay, allowed under previous regulations.

 

SURG. S. H. STOUT,
Med. Dir.
Macon, Ga.

S. P. MOORE,
Surgeon General C. S. A.

[OFFICIAL.]
S. H. STOUT,
Medical Director.

 

 

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23 August 1864:

Item description: Letter from William Martin. Martin’s letter of 23 August 1864 stated that he was entrenched near Petersburg, Va. He also related that Benjamin Brown had been wounded in the hand. The same letter comments on short rations and lists the high prices for food.

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Item citation: From the Hattie McIntosh Papers #4794, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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22 August 1864:

http://www.lib.unc.edu/mss/inv/j/Jacocks,Jonathan.html

letter from Jacocks in the battle line around Atlanta

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20 August 1864:

http://www.lib.unc.edu/mss/inv/j/Jacocks,Jonathan.html

letter from Jacocks in the battle line around Atlanta

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12 August 1864:

http://www2.lib.unc.edu/mss/inv/b/Burwell,George_W.html

12 August 1864: an invitation to George to attend an “investigation of the conduct of the negroes of the neighborhood during the Yankee raid.”

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10 August 1864:

Logan, #1560, folder 31

letter asking that conscripts who are locked up in guard house be turned over to his command, for service in his battalion

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31 July 1864:

http://www.lib.unc.edu/mss/inv/o/Olmstead,Charles_H.html

letter regarding battle of Atlanta (Johnston’s and Hood’s retreat from Sherman)

Digital SHC:

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29 July 1864:

Louis Leon diary: http://docsouth.unc.edu/fpn/leon/leon.html

July 29 – There are at present some 3,000 prisoners here. I like this place better than Point Lookout. We are fenced in by a high fence, in, I judge, a 200-acre lot. There is an observatory outside, and some Yankee is making money, as he charges ten cents for every one that wishes to see the rebels.

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