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10 April 1864: “rebel indeed, proud invaders, when shall we teach you the bitterness of that word again!”

Item Description: Diary entry, 15 April 1864, by Sarah Lois Wadley, describing the Union occupation of Monroe. Wadley was the daughter of William Morrill Wadley (1812?-1882) and Rebecca Barnard Everingham Wadley (fl. 1840-1884) and lived with her family in homes near Amite in … Continue reading

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26 November 1863: “I know of no more fitting resting place for a brave soldier than the battle field in which he has laid down his life in the defense of the rights of his Country”

Item description: letter, 26 November 1863, from Robert E. Lee to R.H. Graves in which he regretfully acknowledges the loss of Captain H. A. Gordan at Gettysburg and the impossibility of recovering his body. He concludes that the battlefield is … Continue reading

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22 November 1863: “In the day one negro woman was killed in ‘Beaufane’ or ‘Bofane’ street, near ‘King.’ At night the shells fell thick and fast around the Mills House.”

Item description: Letter, 22 November 1863, from Jeremy Francis Gilmer to his wife Louisa Fredericka Alexander Gilmer. In the letter, Gilmer describes shelling taking place in the city of Charleston, S.C. More about Jeremy Francis Gilmer: Jeremy Francis Gilmer was born … Continue reading

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21 November 1863: “In Buncombe the cavalry are scouring the country gathering up every man they find of conscript age and they have taken some that are beyond the age”

Item description: In this diary entry, dated 21 November 1863, Samuel A. Agnew recorded some of his usual comments on the weather and his doings and also noted the cavalry’s apparent ruthlessness in rounding up conscripts in Buncombe, Miss. Samuel … Continue reading

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16 November 1863: “I know of no more fitting resting place for a brave soldier than the battlefield on which he has laid down his life in the defense of the rights of his Country.”

Item Description:  Letter dated 16 November 1863, from Robert E. Lee to R. H. Graves, about locating the remains of Captain H. A. Gordon at Gettysburg.  Robert E. Lee was a United States Army officer, 1829-1861; commander of Virginia forces in … Continue reading

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28 October 1863: “I am the only officer with our Co now. The Co is a mere shadow of what it was when we left Gordonsville about 3 weeks ago.”

Item description: In this letter, 28 October 1863, James Augustus Graham, an officer in Company G (Orange Guards), 27th North Carolina Infantry Regiment, wrote again to his parents about the recent Battle of Bristoe Station. He provided a detailed description … Continue reading

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17 October 1863: “I send you this list so that if any body inquires concerning their relatives in the Co you can let them know what has become of them.”

Item description: In this letter, 17 October 1863, James Augustus Graham, an officer in Company G (Orange Guards), 27th North Carolina Infantry Regiment, wrote home to his mother, reporting on the Battle of Bristoe. He briefly described the battle and … Continue reading

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24 September 1863: “Truly the ways of providence are strange. But we have been taught that they are right.”

Item Description: Letter, 24 September 1863, from W.G. Lewis to his cousin Kemp Plummer Battle. The letter discusses military operations and the death of Kemp’s brother, Wesley Lewis Battle. [Transcription available below images]   Item Citation: From the Battle Family Papers #3223, Southern … Continue reading

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18 September 1863: “I received your most welcome letter… it is the first intimation I have that I have been heard from at home.”

Item Description: Letter, 18 September 1863, From Julius S. Joyner to his mother Julia Joyner, updating her about himself and his fellow prisoners. During the Gettysburg campaign, Captain Joyner was captured and sent to Johnson’s Island near Sandusky, Ohio. Captain Joyner … Continue reading

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3 September 1863: “In the Battle of Gettysburg I lost two of my best friends, Conl. Avery & Capt. Burns. I know the loss of your son has been a soar and bitter trial to you, and not only to you, but all your family.”

Item description: Letter, dated 3 September 1863, from John A. McPherson to Isaac Thomas Avery, father of Isaac Erwin Avery, colonel of the 6th North Carolina Infantry Regiment, describing the circumstances surrounding his son’s death at the Battle of Gettysburg. More about … Continue reading

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