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5 March 1864: “They pretended to think he was a spy.”

Item Description: Diary entry dated 5 March 1864. Samuel Agnew discusses the growing lawlessness, news of the war, supplies, a casualty, and an appraisement correction. Samuel Agnew was a Presbyterian minister in northern Mississippi born in 1833 whose journals detail the … Continue reading

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12 October 1863: “Unless we can get corn from some other county than this, I am afraid there will be great suffering among the poor of this vicinity.”

Item description:  Letter, 12 October 1863,  from Judge William H. Battle to his son, Richard Battle. The letter reveals his anxiety about provisions for the coming winter.  Food shortages caused the prices on crops to skyrocket in Orange County, North … Continue reading

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31 July 1863: “Reid was taken a prisoner and was killed while he was going off over the field so I did not see him any more but I reckoned that he was willing to die…”

Item Description: Letter, dated 31 July 1863, from J. F. Coghill to his sister Mit. Coghill served with the 23rd North Carolina regiment and survived the war, living until 1926. [Item transcription available below images.] Item Citation: Folder 1 of the John … Continue reading

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30 July 1863: “When north and south have been sufficiently humbled God will turn away his wrath from us.”

Item Description: A 30 July 1863 letter relates family casualties at Gettysburg (one member dead and another severely wounded) from M.J. Blackwell to his sister-in-law, Margaret Blackwell. [Item transcription below image] Item Citation: From Folder 1 of the Margaret E. Blackwell Papers … Continue reading

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20 July 1863: “Safe at Uncle Williams in Richmond, wounded in the left shoulder, but not severely and doing first rate!”

Item Description: Letter, 20 July 1863, from Laura Norwood to her uncle, Walter Waightstill Lenoir. In it, Laura relates the details of a letter from her cousin, Thomas “Tom” L. Norwood, who was serving in the war, and briefly mentions the … Continue reading

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24 May 1861: Col. Ellsworth “House Breaker and Thief”

Item description: A Confederate pictorial envelope casting Col. Elmer E. Ellsworth as a thief. Ellsworth was the colonel of the 11th New York Volunteer Infantry Regiment, or the Fire Zouaves, known for their French inspired uniforms. He and his troops were stationed … Continue reading

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