Tag Archives: Civil War

1 Feb 1865: “Lieut. L. L. Conrad C. S. A. is hereby relieved from duty as acting asst. inspector general”

Item Description: A general order reassigning a lieutenant in Louisiana. Found in the George William Logan Papers. Item Citation: From Folder 43, in the George William Logan Papers #1560, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at … Continue reading

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31 January 1865: Organization of the Army of Northern Virginia (Commanded by General Robert E. Lee)

Item Description: Pamphlet describing the make up of and the commanding officers of the Army of Northern Virginia on January 31, 1865. Item Citation: Folder 43, in the William Nelson Pendleton Papers, #1466, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of … Continue reading

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29 January 1865: “All the iron clads have gone down there and I am expecting every day to hear that Charleston is taken”

Item Description: Letter from James Gifford to his parents in New Bedford, MA.  He discusses the movements of Union naval ships towards Wilmington, NC and Charleston, SC.  He also discusses purchasing shoes in Beaufort, NC and exchanging photographs with other … Continue reading

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26 January 1865: “the very general indifference everywhere out of the army, to what I conceive to be the most momentous earthly crisis which men were ever allied upon to meet”

Item Description: A letter, most like to Lt. General Stephen D. Lee, from his friend and army official, Patton Anderson, regarding both of their health as well as the locations and conditions of their Division. He mentions some frustration with … Continue reading

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23 January 1865: “We hear so many rumors of the movements of the Yankees and of our own troops”

Item Description: A diary entry by Emma LaConte from Columbia describing their conditions as they prepare for the arrival of Yankee and confederate troops. She describes the quality of her clothes as as well as the price of food. Item Citation: … Continue reading

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21 January 1865: “the feeling owing on people that negroes right to be considered, is gaining strength daily”

Item Description: A letter written to Walter Lenoir from his cousin W. Bingham regarding the opening of his school, and his hopes for creating the moral character of the boys there. Walter Lenoir was a lawyer during the Civil War, … Continue reading

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18 January 1865: “I hope the war will be over and the rebellion crushed before another Christmas comes around”

Item Description: A letter from Robert Stuart Finley to his fiancee, Mary A. Cabeen, describing his movements with his Regiment through Georgia and South Carolina. He served in the 30th Illinois Infantry. He describes skirmishes on their way to Beaufort, as well overcoming the African … Continue reading

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17 January 1865: “the triumphal march of Sherman through the heart of Georgia to the congress of Savannah are events significant of greater misfortunes in the coming spring campaign.”

Item Description: A letter from Edmund Kirby-Smith to his mother describing plans to see each other in the spring and lamenting Sherman’s march through Georgia. Kirby-Smith was a confederate Army General during the war. Item Citation: From Folder 46, in … Continue reading

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15 January 1865: “Nothing could induce me to pass my life in the midst of such strife”

Item Description: A letter from Pauline Semmes to her husband, S. S. Semmes describing some life in Mobile, Alabama.     Item Citation: From Folder 1, in the S. S. Semmes Letter, #2089-z, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina … Continue reading

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14 January 1865: “After all what is the use of “putting men into the Army” whether they be white or black if we cannot keep them there?”

Item Description: Letter from William Porcher Miles to Gen. Beauregard about use of slaves as soldiers in Confederate Army.  Miles goes back on his earlier idea of arming the slaves because he believes that will make them more likely to … Continue reading

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