Tag Archives: Civil War

21 December 1864: “the Yankees entered our peaceful little city in a much more orderly way than I anticipated”

Item Description: Entry dated 21 December 1864 from the journal of Fanny Cohen Taylor, describing Northern occupation of Savannah, Georgia.  Item Citation: Folder 46, Volume 7, Phillips and Myers Family Papers, #00596, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel … Continue reading

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18 December 1864: “I want to fight the Yankees with our gun boat but they is aferd to come in shooting distance”

Item Description: Letter from Jerome Riggins to Martin Moser about conditions near Kinston NC, including Union reluctance to engage with the Confederate “gun boat.” The boat referred to is likely the CSS Neuse, which sunk in March 1865 when the crew … Continue reading

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14 December 1864: “I respectfully request that all men belonging to this army and any reinforcements that can be spared be sent forward as soon as possible.”

Item Description: Telegram from General Good to General Beauregard sent on December 14, 1864 from the vicinity of Nashville, TN.  He reports on enemy movements near Memphis, TN and requests reinforcements. Item Citation: In Folder 9 of the William Asbury … Continue reading

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13 December 1864: “should Raleigh fall into the hands of the enemy please retain it”

Item Description: William S. Pettigrew sent this letter to his Uncle in Raleigh with instructions for the care of his possessions during his absence. He requests some be returned to him, and instructs him what to do with it if … Continue reading

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9 December 1864: ” we keep very warm and comfortable as this is a small church and has a large fireplace at each end.”

Item Description: Letter from John W. Davis to his mother.  He describes his efforts to find his unit, the Topographical Engineers, around Wytheville, VA.  He also describes his unit’s camp in a church in Wytheville. Item Citation: Folder 30 in … Continue reading

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7 December 1864: ” he too, like me was expecting to go home Christmas, but his hopes are all blighted and I am affraid that my chances is very slim”

Item Description: Letter from William D. Wharton to his future wife Mary Eliza Wharton.  He mentions Union action in the area and talks about his friend who was taken prisoner. He also tells her talks about a mission he led … Continue reading

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6 December 1864: “tell him to send your boys some money and something to eate”

Item Description: A letter from a slave at Fort Fisher sending thanks to his master for money and instructions for the care of his family. Despite difficulty spelling due to lack of education, he writes well and enough to communicate that … Continue reading

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2 December 1864: “I will now tell you how I made my escape.”

Item Description: A letter from W.D. Wharton to his future wife Mollie. Wharton was from North Carolina and served in the Confederate Cavalry in Virginia. Here he describes a narrow escape from Spring Creek, Virginia, and thanks God for sparing him. … Continue reading

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28 November 1864: “We hear sad news from your State which makes us all very miserable about you”

Item Description: A letter to Elizabeth Seawell Hairston from her sister, E. Jentmeyer, describing the movements of family and friends within and outside the confederate army. Also, the letter describes some of her daily activities, and her worry for Elizabeth after … Continue reading

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25 November 1864: “All such property shall be upon a like footing with similar property within the lines.”

Item Description: A general order removing protection from the lands and nearby plantations. This order would allow officers to use the property of nearby landowners. Item Citation: From Folder 37, in the George William Logan Papers #1560, Southern Historical Collection, The … Continue reading

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