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20 September 1864: “The bloodiest battle I have ever witnessed”

Item Description: A detailed letter from John Paris to his wife describing The Third Battle of Winchester. Citation: From Folder 5, in the John Paris Papers #575, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Transcription:  Strasburg, … Continue reading

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30 November 1863: “Praying that I may come out unhurt and that God will spare me to return home [...]“

Item description: Letter, dated 30 November 1863, from James A. Graham to his mother, Susannah Sarah Washington Graham.  He writes from the “line of battle” in Virginia, describing maneuvers and engagements of the Mine Run Campaign. Item citation: From folder … Continue reading

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24 September 1862: “The fight continued all day with heavy loss on both sides.”

Item description: The Weekly Raleigh Register of 24 September 1862 included this update, which is dated 20 September 1862, of action at Harper’s Ferry and the Battle of Antietam (Sharpsburg). Item citation: The Weekly Raleigh Register. 24 September 1862. Raleigh, … Continue reading

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28 June 1862: “THE RICHMOND BATTLE — ENEMY DEFEATED — THEY BURN THEIR STORES — CONFEDERATE SUCCESS — OUR WOUNDED ARRIVING — YORK RIVER RAILROAD AND BATTERIES CAPTURED — NO PRISONERS REPORTED”

Item description: The Wilmington Daily Journal of 28 June 1862 included this report, received by telegraph, of military action around Richmond, Virginia. The article was published on the fourth day of the Seven Days Battles. Item citation: The Daily Journal. … Continue reading

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8 February 1862: Map of the Battlefield of Roanoke Island

Item description: Detailed map of Roanoke Island battlefield in North Carolina, showing the placement of Confederate and Union troops, with a map of Roanoke Island and vicinity showing the location of forts, gun boats, and transport ships. Item citation: “Map … Continue reading

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29 August 1861: “And it is stipulated and agreed by the contracting parties, on the part of the said United States Government, that the officers and men shall recieve the treatment due to prisoners of war.”

Item description: The Weekly State Journal of Raleigh, North Carolina, published these “Articles of Capitulation” between Union and Confederate forces after the Battle of Hatteras Inlet. Signed on 29 August 1861, the agreement stipulates that the forces and “all munitions … Continue reading

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24 July 1861: “We fear that the reported death of Col. Fisher, of the Sixth Regiment of North Carolina State Troops, is only too true.”

Item description: A selection of articles from The Daily Journal (Wilmington, North Carolina) reporting on news from the First Battle of Bull Run (Manassas). Topics covered include the death of Colonel Charles F. Fisher, news reports from Richmond, actions by … Continue reading

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19 May 1861: “The Fight Commenced

Item description: Report of a naval engagement in Norfolk, Virginia. [This report was originally published in the Petersburg (Va.) Express on 19 May 1861 and reprinted here in the Weekly State Journal (Raleigh, N.C.) on 22 May 1861.] Item citation: … Continue reading

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