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5 October 1864: “not one tear of affection shed at her grave”

Item Description: Letter dated 5 October 1864 written by Eliza Jane Lord DeRosset to her son, Louis Henry. Item Citation: From folder 62 in the DeRosset Family Papers (#00214), Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel … Continue reading

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12 July 1864: “You must bear in mind that in all our marching now we are in the enemy’s Country, and may meet with an attack at any moment.”

Item Description:  Jonathan Lewis Whitaker writing to his wife, Julia, about the USCT regiment marching from Beaufort, through Hilton Head, to Charleston. Details about the troops marching, rations, some fighting w/ Confederate troops. Item Citation:  Letter dated 12 July 1864, in … 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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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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