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17 December 1863: “I can tie my mustache in a bow-knot under my chin and am very handsome generally (see enclosed carte-de-visite).”

Item description: Letter, dated 17 December 1863, from Benjamin Lewis Blackford to his mother, Mary Berkeley Minor Blackford.  The letter is written from his camp on Topsail Sound, and it is he expresses his disgust with Wilmington residents, who have … Continue reading

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12 November 1863: “…we sat down to fine old ham, roast mutton-haunch, chicken pie, a dozen broiled partridges, sweet potatoes, rice-fritters, and butter.”

Item description: Letter, dated 12 November 1863, from Launcelot Minor “Lanty” Blackford to his mother, Mary Berkeley Minor Blackford.  Blackford discusses the death of his Uncle Lucius, camp life (including hunting and visiting officials), rail travel, and his pride in … Continue reading

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18 October 1863: “the Virginians seem to be utterly indifferent, and continue to monopolize the foremost places & the pretty girls of this command with quiet and aggravating assurance.”

Item Description: Letter, 18 October 1863, from Benjamin Lewis Blackford to his father, William Matthews Blackford, describing life at his camp near Wilmington, NC. Benjamin Lewis Blackford was born 5 August 1835, and as a child, was called “Benny.” At some point, … Continue reading

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11 October 1863: “Cape Fear or “Bald Head” 30 miles south of this is the most desolate point I suppose on the Atlantic Coast”

Item Description: Letter, 11 October 1863, from Benjamin Lewis Blackford to his father, William Matthews Blackford, describing his life and developments at his camp near Wilmington, NC. Benjamin Lewis Blackford was born 5 August 1835, and as a child, was called “Benny.” … Continue reading

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5 October 1863: “I am outdone with these people, the soldiers are spiritless & cowed, ready to revolt at hardships which our troops laugh at, and looking forward to the time when they can be taken prisoners.”

Item Description: Letter, 5 October 1863, from Benjamin Lewis Blackford to his mother Mary, discussing his transfer from Virginia to Wilmington and Wrightsville Beach, his opinions of North Carolina and its citizens, his living conditions in Wilmington, a young girl he … Continue reading

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9 February 1863: “I was particularly edified by a Pocahontas in a low necked white mans lin saving the life of Captain Smith, (C.S. Uniform) from Powhatan gorgeously arrayed in Masonic regalia and feathers”

Item Description: Letter, 9 February 1863, from Benjamin Lewis Blackford to his mother, Mary B. Blackford, discussing events in Richmond. The Blackford family was a prominent, although not wealthy, Virginia family. Item Citation: From folder 84 of the Blackford Family Papers … Continue reading

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24 January 1863: “I have been very badly hurt, but am all right now. My horse ran away (she always does)…”

Item description: Letter, 24 January 1863, from Benjamin Lewis Blackford to his mother, Mary Berkeley Minor Blackford (1802-1896). [Item transcription available below images.] Item citation: From folder 84 in the Blackford Family Papers #1912, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina … Continue reading

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23 January 1863: “so my commission into the staff of General Stuart is at an end. It is with great regret that I leave him.”

Item description: Letter, 23 January 1863, from William W. Blackford, near Orange Court House, Va., to William M. Blackford, expressing his regrets at leaving Gen. Jeb Stuart’s staff. Item citation: From folder 84 in the Blackford Family Papers #1912, Southern Historical Collection, The … Continue reading

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12 July 1862: “I myself found a Yankee in a thicket on Friday who had been shot through the lungs the previous Monday & was still alive.”

Item description: Letter, 12 July 1862, from Benjamin Lewis Blackford, in camp near Chesterfield, Va., to his mother Mary B. Blackford. Blackford, an accomplished draftsman, was at this time employed as a topographical engineer in the Confederate army. This letter … Continue reading

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15 May 1861: “We are all one for our flag, since seven thousand cowards cannonaded seventy half-starved men for thirty six hours to strike it down.”

Item description: George W. Bethune, New York, N.Y., to Mary B. Blackford, Lynchburg, Va., describing the Northern response to Ft. Sumter; why the North must fight to save the Union. Item citation: From folder 79 in the Blackford Family Papers … Continue reading

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