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5 June 1862: “Commencement Ball Announcement, Complimentary to The Graduating Class”

Item description: A commencement ball invitation from 5 June 1862. As the war progressed the student body at the University of North Carolina began to change drastically. By the fall of 1861, only 91 students remained at the University after many … Continue reading

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31 May 1862: “That fifteen lashes be inflicted upon any colored man or woman, who, for the sake of convenience, and unaccompanied by any white person, may walk on forbidden ground…”

Item description: At the 31 May 1862 meeting of the Philanthropic Society, a committee recommended passage of the following law: “That fifteen lashes be inflicted upon any colored man or woman, who, for the sake of convenience, and unaccompanied by … Continue reading

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5 October 1861: “The Philanthropic Society have heard with painful feelings of the death of one of its most distinguished ornaments.”

Item description: Minutes from a 5 October 1861 meeting of the Philanthropic Society of the University of North Carolina. Minutes note society business and debates, and contain committee reports and society resolutions. This particular set of minutes includes a resolution … Continue reading

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27 September 1861: “There are here now only ninety students, last year there was about four hundred, there is about 300 gone to war…”

Item description: Letter, 27 September 1861, from P. H. Sessoms, Chapel Hill, N.C., to his sister, Penelope White, in Coleraine, Bertie County, N.C. Sessoms describes his trip from Coleraine, past a soldier’s camp in Weldon, N.C., where he observed 1,000 … Continue reading

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7 September 1861: “Aunt Mary arrived here from Newbern last week. the Yankee droved her from it …”

Item description: Twelve-year-old Susie Mallett writes this letter to her relatives in Chapel Hill while her father, Peter Mallett, served in the 3rd North Carolina Infantry. In the letter, Susie notes the arrival of her aunt Mary Mallett from New … Continue reading

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30 August 1861: “Would it be advisable for the Confederate Government under existing circumstances to act on the offensive?”

Item description: Minutes from a 30 August 1861 meeting of the Philanthropic Society of the University of North Carolina. Minutes note society business and debates, and contain committee reports and society resolutions. This particular entry notes the evening’s question for … Continue reading

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21 August 1861: “I therefore call upon you to come forward with your gifts, and lay them bountifully upon the altar of your country.”

Item description: This newpaper ad appeals to the ladies of Orange County, North Carolina, to provide socks and blankets for the soldiers. Among the gentlemen designated to receive articles for the solders is John W. Carr, proprietor of a store on the … Continue reading

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17 August 1861: “I go to school to Miss Margaret Mitchel and like her very much indeed. I am studying.”

Item description:  Letter of 17 August 1861 from Susie Mallett, in Chapel Hill, N.C., to her father Peter Mallett, a Confederate captain with Company C of the 3rd Infantry Regiment (North Carolina). It appears that Susie Mallett was staying with … Continue reading

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11 August 1861: “With some pains and a few good whippings he would make a valuable servant.”

Item description: Letter from John Kimberly, Chapel Hill, N.C., to his wife Bettie, in Nashville, Tenn.  Kimberly reports on household matters, such as the note, “I am having shelves made for my old wardrobe to use for a cupboard.” He … Continue reading

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31 July 1861: “Students who were with us at the opening of the present year are now to be found in arms under the banners of every State in the Confederacy…”

Item description: Circular letter, 31 July 1861, from UNC President David Swain to students discouraging them from enlisting in the Confederate Army.  Since 1795, he writes, nothing had occurred to cause the university to close, and he did not anticipate … Continue reading

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