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1 December 1862: “dried fruit, red pepper, sugar, a jug of molasses, jelly, some preserves, a pone of lightbread, some sweet cakes, a bottle or two of ketchup, pepper sauce, etc.”

Item description: Letter, 1 December 1862, from Ruffin Thomson, 18th Mississippi Infantry Regiment, to his mother Hannah Lavinia Thomson. He comments extensively on food, clothing and supplies, including the provisions being used by his body servant “Press.” More about Ruffin Thomson: Ruffin Thomson … Continue reading

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17 November 1862: “No Sentimental Journey”

Item Description: “No Sentimental Journey,” The New York Herald, 17 November 1862, page 1, column 3. Item Note: The writer refers to Kinston, N.C. as “Kingston.” Transcription: INTERESTING FROM NORTH CAROLINA. Adventures of One of Our Correspondents. NO SENTIMENTAL JOURNEY. … Continue reading

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20 October 1862: “FRIENDS, TO THE RESCUE!!”

Item description: This broadside, which includes appeals from Governor Zebulon B. Vance, Surgeon General Edward Warren, and Assistant Quartermaster James Sloan, announces the State of North Carolina’s dire need of donations from private citizens to help clothe and shoe its … Continue reading

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14 June 1862: “Distribution of Captured Rebel Soldiers’ Clothing to the Contrabands”

Item: “THE CAMPAIGN IN NORTH CAROLINA—HEADQUARTERS OF VINCENT COLLYER, SUPERINTENDENT OF THE POOR AT NEWBERNE-—DISTRIBUTION OF CAPTURED REBEL SOLDIERS’ CLOTHING TO THE CONTRABANDS.—From a Sketch by our Special Artist, J. H. Schell.—See Page 171.”  Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper, June 14, … Continue reading

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21 November 1861: “1 Woolen Blanket 2.95″

Item description:  Henry K. White, 23rd Massachusetts Infantry Regiment, lists the cost of several clothing items, necessary during the onset of winter in Massachusetts. Henry K. White was mustered into the 23rd Massachusetts Infantry Regiment on 21 September 1861. He served … Continue reading

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27 October 1861: “The sins most commonly committed are profaneness & gambling, both of which to a man of nice breeding offer no attraction at all, & are offensive to the taste of a gentleman.”

Item description: Letter, dated 27 October 1861, from Charles Woodward Hutson to his mother. Hutson details articles of clothing and other provisions that he would like sent from home (in order to prepare for the coming winter). He also writes … Continue reading

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28 September 1861: “The weather begins to feel like frost, and hereafter we shall, I fear, find a soldier’s life rather uncomfortable.”

Item description: Letter from Elisha Franklin Paxton to his wife, Elizabeth, dated 28 September 1861. In the letter Paxton discusses a promotion in rank that he declined, the changing weather, items such as pants and coats sent from home, and … Continue reading

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