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20 July 1864: “Heavy cannonading was heard in the direction of Petersburg yesterday evening and continued till late last night”

Item Description:  Letter from Henry A. Stokes to his father.  He describes Union cannonading on Petersburg.  He also talks about the weather.  Henry A. Stokes was a private in Lunenburg “Rebel” Virginia Light Artillery Battery. Item Citation: Folder 1 of … Continue reading

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5 May 1864: “…with our Gun Boat in the mouth of the Neuse, Newbern will be bound to ‘go rebel.'”

Item description: Letter, dated 5 May 1864, from Leonidas Lafayette Polk to his wife, Sallie.  Polk discusses engagements around New Bern, North Carolina, including the evacuation Union forces from Washington, N.C. He also discusses mail delivery and supplies in camp. … Continue reading

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28 January 1862: “for while my pen moves over the paper my blood rushes in my veins. for roar roar roar so[u]nds on my ear and makes the very ground quiver and tremble where I sit.”

Item description: Letter, 28 January 1862, from Emmett Cole, a Union soldier in Company F, 8th Michigan Infantry Regiment, at Beaufort, S.C., to his friend Jo in Michigan. Cole’s letter comments on the noise of artillery firing; rumors of England … Continue reading

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