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14 June 1863: “The captain, without hesitation, acknowledged her to be a Confederate vessel and stated his cargo to consist of liquors, medicines, drugs, and provisions, with probably some articles for the rebel Government.”

Item description: “Capture of Confederate steamer Calypso, June 11, 1863. Report of Commander Bankhead, U. S. Navy, commanding U. S. S. Florida.” The report discusses the capture of the Confederate steamer Calypso off the North Carolina coast. The ship was … Continue reading

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21 April 1863: “Okra the best Substitute for Coffee”

Item Description: “Okra the best Substitute for Coffee” (newspaper article), The Daily Journal (Wilmington, N. C.), 21 April 1863, page 2. Transcription: Okra the best Substitute for Coffee Everybody, we presume, knows how to cultivate Okra.  It is a most delicious table vegetable, … Continue reading

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6 April 1863: “I do not think it would be agreeable to military etiquette to call on a Col’s. wife and therefore, though I much desire her acquaintance, I think I must defer the pleasure until freed from my uniform.”

Item Description: Letter, 6 April 1863, from a Union solder named Carl, written in camp, New Bern, N.C., discussing the Confederate blockade of the river and the Union occupation of the town. The letter also mentions the free time the soldier had … Continue reading

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5 February 1863: “On Saturday 31 we received the news of our glorious victory…”

Item description: Letter, dated 5 February 1863, from Louise Pettigru to Jane Caroline “Cary” North Pettigrew.  This letter describes an attack by Confederate gunboats on Union blockaders outside the Charleston harbor. [pages 5 and 6 of letter missing] Item Citation: … Continue reading

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3 December 1862: “The captain of the said schooner acknowledges his intention of running the blockade.”

Item description: “Report of Commander Parker, U. S. Navy, regarding the chase of the schooner Brilliant and the capture of the schooner Emma Tuttle. To read more from the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War … Continue reading

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19 November 1862: “I have to-day sent over to Charleston three negroes belonging to Nassau, West Indies. They formed part of a crew of a small schooner which, loaded with salt, was endeavoring to run the blockade…”

Item description: Report of Brigadier-General Whiting, C. S. Army, commanding defenses of Cape Fear River. To read more from the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, click here. Item citation: Official records … Continue reading

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1 November 1862: “Nine States in the Black Confederacy will hold elections on the 4th of this month…”

Item description: A broadside printed on 1 November 1862 by the Wilmington (N.C.) Daily Journal. The document reports on an outbreak of yellow fever in the Wilmington area, Halloween, elections and other news from the North, reports of England’s and … Continue reading

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5 October 1862: “Colonel Shaw’s body servant says the troops have left, and are in the vicinity of Wilmington, on account of yellow fever. The conscripts are from 14 to 50 years old. Many of them ran away.”

Item description: “Report of Acting Rear-Admiral Lee, U. S. Navy, regarding affairs in and about Wilmington, N. C., and the inefficiency of the blockade.” The report discusses naval actions near Wilmington, North Carolina, including reports of contraband, blockade activities, a … Continue reading

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4 September 1862: “during all this time our battery was trained on her & it would av taken less time to a blowen her out of the watter, than what it takes me to relate it.”

Item description: Report, dated 4 September 1862, from the log book of the U.S.S. Oneida. The report details the successful attempt of the Confederate cruiser Oreto (also known as Florida) to run the Federal blockade. Item citation: From the Oneida … Continue reading

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12 August 1862: “They would be of great-service here enabling me to assist vessels running the blockade and drive off the blockaders.”

Item description: Letter, 12 August 1862, from Col. George A. Cunningham, Commandant of Fort Caswell (N.C.), to Col. Collett Leventhorpe, colonel of the 11th North Carolina (and in charge of the defenses for the District of Wilmington). Item citation: From … Continue reading

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