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28 July 1861: “My heart exults over the victory at Manassas.”

Item description: Letter from John Kimberly, Chapel Hill, N.C., to his wife Bettie in Nashville, Tenn. John Kimberly was a professor of chemistry and agriculture at the University of North Carolina, 1857-1864 and 1875-1876. It is unclear why Bettie Kimberly … Continue reading

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1 June 1861: “There was a large meeting held in the Church…on account of the Orange Light Infantry Co. going to leave Chapel Hill…”

Item description: Minutes, 1 June 1861, of the University Baptist Church of Chapel Hill, N.C., with a note on the departure of the Orange Light Infantry Brigade from Chapel Hill. Item citation: From Volume 1 in the University Baptist Church … Continue reading

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17 May 1861: “Which gives the greatest incentive to action, the hope of reward or the fear of punishment.”

Item description: Minutes from a 17 May 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 details passage of … Continue reading

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12 May 1861: “I am going with him…I will be as safe as at home and far better satisfied…”

Item description: Letter, 12 May 1861, from Annie Maney of Nashville, Tenn., to her sister Bettie Kimberly in Chapel Hill, N.C., regarding the possible postponement of Maney’s wedding to John Schon, due to Schon’s impending enlistment in the Confederate Army. … Continue reading

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1 May 1861: “[The Faculty] beg leave to intimate to parents and guardians the propriety of restraining the anxiety so natural to the young and inexperienced to rush prematurely into military service.”

Item desciption: Circular letter from UNC President David L. Swain. North Carolina was three weeks from officially seceding when President David L. Swain issued the first of these circulars. He urged parents and guardians of university students to restrain their … Continue reading

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26 April 1861: “If I have to go to the wars I will never go unless you are first my bride…”

Item description: Love letter from John Halliburton to his fiancee Juliet. At the conclusion of the letter, Halliburton describes the scene at the University of North Carolina as many of the University’s students depart for military service. Item citation: From … Continue reading

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22 April 1861: “Everybody here is talking about war. Many have gone to hunt it up.”

Item description: This letter from John Wesley Halliburton to his fiancee and future-wife Juliet Halliburton, written several weeks before his graduation from the University of North Carolina in 1861, describes an incident where he delivered a pro Union speech at … Continue reading

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20 April 1861: “This is probably the first flag raised, on which N. Carolina has been numbered with the seceding states.”

Item description: Letter, Edward Hall Armstrong to Thomas G. Armstrong, Chapel Hill, N.C., 20 April 1861. Edward Hall Armstrong, of Wilmington, N.C., was a student at the University of North Carolina from 1858 to 1861. On 20 April 1861, he … Continue reading

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