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26 December 1863: “IV. Which is the most approved mode of treating uncomplicated Gun Shot Wounds?”

Item description: A circular, dated 26 December 1863, from the Association of Army and Navy Surgeons [Confederate] seeking information on how to deal with aneurysms, hemorrhages, and gunshot wounds. Item transcription: Association of Army and Navy Surgeons, Richmond, Dec. 26, … Continue reading

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24 August 1863: “You are my best earthly gift.”

Item description: Letter, dated 24 August 1863, from Benjamin Franklin Little to his wife, Mary Jane Reid Little.  He describes his recovery from an amputation in a Union hospital in Gettysburg. [transcription available below image] Item citation: From folder 6 … Continue reading

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23 July 1863: “I have made myself a leg which I am beginning to use in walking about the farm.”

Item Description: Letter, dated 23 July 1863, from Walter Waightstill Lenoir to his brother.  Walter was a lawyer in Lenoir, N.C. before the war.  He had enlisted in the North Carolina 58th Infantry by early 1862 but was wounded at Ox … Continue reading

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9 July 1863: “It is said to have been certainly the most terrific fight of the war.”

Item description: Letter, 9 July 1863, from Benjamin Franklin Little, a Confederate officer from Richmond County, NC, to his wife Mary Reid “Flax” Little. Little relates the amputation of his arm, the conditions of the hospital, and worries over the well-being … Continue reading

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16 May 1863: “one thing I can say I was not in the least scart and filled up my pipe and had a good smoke while the bullets were fling pretty nimbly.”

Item Description: Letter, 16 May 1863, from George Washington Baker to his sister describing the Battle of Chancellorsville. Baker hailed from Washington County, N.Y., and served with Company K, 123rd New York Volunteers in the Civil War. The collection includes letters … Continue reading

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14 May 1863: “… there was no Regiment under a hotter or longer fire than our Regiment and none stood fire better.”

Item description: Letter, dated 14 May 1863, from George Washington Baker to his mother.  Baker, a lieutenant in Company K, 123rd New York Volunteers, hailed from Washington County, NY.  In this letter he describes the battle of Chancellorsville and his attempt … Continue reading

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8 April 1863: “My leg is finished at last, and I have been using it for over a week. It is, I suppose, as good as they make ‘em,’ but it is a wretched substitute for the one that I left in Virginia.”

Item description: Letter, dated 8 April 1863, from Walter W. Lenoir to his brother Thomas I. Lenoir. Item citation: From folder 151 of the Lenoir Family Papers, #426, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Item transcription: [“Tucker’s … Continue reading

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26 September 1862: “Walter’s right leg was cut off about six inches below the knee… That leg was struck three times by musket OR rifle balls”

Item description: Letter, 26 September 1862, from Thomas I. Lenoir to his wife Lizzie. Lenoir writes of visiting his brother Walter Lenoir and nephew Tom Norwood, both wounded at the Second Battle of Bull Run. Item citation: From the Lenoir Family Papers … Continue reading

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6 September 1862: “I lost my right leg below the knee in the heavy skirmish on Monday 1st inst. and am now at Middleburg…”

Item description: Letter, 6 September 1862, from Walter Waightstill Lenoir, captain of Company A of the 37th North Carolina Infantry Regiment, to his brother Rufus Lenoir. Walter writes to tell his brother that he has been wounded at the Battle of Chantilly (Ox … Continue reading

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