Tag Archives: Charleston (S.C.)

24 February 1865: “Sunday night about 6 P.M. we got the word officially that Charleston was ours…”

Item Description: Letter dated 24 February 1865 from Jonathan Lewis Whitaker to his wife, Julia A. Wells Whitaker. He was a physician from Orange County, New York serving with the 26th United States Colored Troops near Beaufort, South Carolina. Whitaker … Continue reading

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29 January 1864: “it is however extremely dull about this once lively city”

Item Description: Letter dated 29 January 1864 in which the siege of Charleston is mentioned. Item Citation: Folder 88, Ruffin, Roulhac, and Hamilton Family Papers, #643, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Item Transcription: … Continue reading

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25 December 1863: “the Boys have good time to day as it is Christmas I can not enjoy it myself…”

Item description: Letter, dated 25 December 1863, from Dexter S. Cowles to his “Dear Brother,” describing fighting conditions and weather near Vicksburg, Miss. He also discusses his difficulty communicating with family members, and notes the presence of African American regiments … Continue reading

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9 December 1863: Drawings of Fort Sumter given to Jeremy F. Gilmer by General P. G. T. Beauregard

Item description: Printed pictures on board backgrounds, dated 9 December 1863, of Fort Sumter from Gilmer Maps collection.  Both drawings were given to Jeremy Francis Gilmer by General G. T. Beauregard.  The two images depict a view looking from the … Continue reading

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6 December 1863: “…I suppose she will paint up for the occasion, in order to palm herself off upon the people for what she is not…”

Item Description: Letter, dated 6 December 1863, from John S. Henderson to his brother Leonard at Kinston, N.C..  He describes comparing conflicting news reports to determine where Leonard was currently stationed, and the fundraising activities of the “ladies of Salisbury.”  … Continue reading

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19 November 1863: “To-day (Thanksgiving day) when the service commenced the shelling commenced too, and stopped just at the conclusion of our sermon.”

Item description: Letter, dated 19 November 1863, from Henry Deas Lesesne to William S. Pettigrew.  In this letter, Henry describes the death of a relative, Mrs. North, and arrangements to care financially for the son of Pettigrew’s deceased brother.  Lesesne … Continue reading

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25 October 1863: “His wife went to see him but he was buried the day before she reached Atlanta.”

Item description: Entry, dated 25 October 1863, from the dairy of Samuel A. Agnew.  Agnew describes a church service and news from engagements in Tennessee, Georgia, South Carolina, and Virginia. [transcription available below images] Item citation: From folder 9 of … Continue reading

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15 October 1863: “Yankee Views of Charleston”

Item description: Newspaper article, “Yankee Views of Charleston,” as published in the Hillsborough Recorder on 4 November 1863 . The Recorder‘s article is a reprint of a report from Washington, D.C., that appeared in the [New York?] Herald on 15 … Continue reading

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20 September 1863: “There has been a very brave & successful repulse of an attack on Fort Sumter.”

Item description: Diary entry, dated 20 September 1863, by Meta Morris Grimball.  She describes a naval engagement at Fort Sumter and other military maneuvers in the Charleston, South Carolina area. Item Citation: From the Margaret Ann “Meta” Morris Grimball Diary … Continue reading

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9 September 1863: “Nobody here thinks Charleston will fall…”

Item description: Letter, dated 9 September 1863, from D. H. Hamilton Jr. to his wife, Frances “Fannie” Roulhac Hamilton.  He writes news about his own military assignments, the cost and procurement of household supplies, and military developments around Charleston, S.C., … Continue reading

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