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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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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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7 September 1863: “Since commencing this letter I have learned that our troops succeeded in evacuating the forts last night.”

Item description: Letter, 7 September 1863, from Ed Mallett to his brother Peter Mallett about fighting taking place in Charleston Harbor, the early stages of the Second Battle of Fort Sumter. Item citation: From the Peter Mallett Papers, #480, Southern … Continue reading

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12 April 1863:”…the yankees run up the white flag, set the boat afire and took to the swamp…”

Item description: Letter, dated 12 April 1863, from James Augustus Graham to his mother.  He describes camp life, an engagement with a Union gunboat on the Coosaw River, and his regiment’s potential involvement in the engagements occurring near Charleston. From … Continue reading

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25 February 1863: “Troops have been pouring in in great numbers from North Carolina.”

Item Description: Letter, dated 25 February 1863, presumably to Jane North Pettigrew, from Henry Lesesne. Item Citation: From folder 261 in the Pettigrew Family Papers #592, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Item Transcription: … Continue reading

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20 February 1863: “Possibly we may go to the railroad and ride to the seat of war – probably our legs will furnish transportation, as has been the case ever since we landed in this state.”

Item description: Letter, 20 February 1863, from Ruffin Thomson, 18th Mississippi Infantry Regiment, to his “Pa” (William H. Thomson). More about Ruffin Thomson: Ruffin Thomson was the oldest child and only son of William H. Thomson and Hannah Lavinia Thomson. He studied … Continue reading

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17 February 1863: “To arms, fellow citizens, come to share with us our dangers, our brilliant success, or our glorious death.”

Item Description: Letter, 17 February 1863, to the authorities and citizens of Savannah, GA, and Charleston, SC, warning of an impending attack on both cities, and Special Orders No. 44, issued to Brigadier General Thomas Lanier Clingman, advising his brigade to prepare … Continue reading

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5 February 1863: “On Saturday 31 we received the news of our glorious victory…”

Item description: Letter, dated 5 February 1863, from Louise Pettigru to Jane Caroline “Cary” North Pettigrew.  This letter describes an attack by Confederate gunboats on Union blockaders outside the Charleston harbor. [pages 5 and 6 of letter missing] Item Citation: … Continue reading

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3 February 1863, “I very much fear that famine will be among the trials that avail our people…”

Item Description: Letter, dated 3 February 1863, from Jane Gibert Pettigrew North (abbreviated JGN) to her brother, James L. Pettigrew.  She is writing from Badwell, a family plantation in South Carolina, to James while is is practicing law in Charleston.  … Continue reading

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2 October 1862: “Their is act past in this state for one fourth of the negros to go to charleston by the 10th of this month to bild fortifications and stay 30 days.”

Item description: Letter dated 2 October 1862 from A. M. Wallace, the overseer at a plantation near Gaston and Lincoln counties, N.C., to William A. Graham. Wallace sought Graham’s advice on several matters. He wanted guidance on how to manage … Continue reading

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