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23 February 1864: “The commission officers…are to be treated like faithful dogs worn out with age.”

Item Description: Letter, 23 February 1864, to Governor Zebulon B. Vance from Brigadier-General W. L. Quarles, C.S.A., protesting against turning over the commissioned officers of the North Carolina regiments to the War Department. [transcription available below image] Item Citation: From the Jane … Continue reading

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12 January 1862: “If there is an honorable road to get home, I shall spare no effort to find it as speedily as possible.”

Item description: Letter from Elisha Franklin Paxton to his wife, Elizabeth, dated 12 January 1862. Paxton is frustrated at being denied a furlough while other officers of equal rank have been receiving them. He informs his wife that he is … Continue reading

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4 January 1862: “It has been reported to the General Commanding that there are many persons within our lines who are in the habit of wearing the uniform and badges of Commissioned Officers, who are not entitled thereto.”

Item description: Handwritten copy of General Orders No. 3, concerning the forbidden practice of enlisted men wearing the uniforms and badges of commissioned officers. [Transcription available below images.] Item citation: From folder 19 of the William Nelson Pendleton Papers, #1466, … Continue reading

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3 November 1861: “these elections must be conducted if practicable, or as far as possible, in exact conformity with the rules established for such elections by the local authorities.”

Item description: General Order No. 70, dated 3 November 1861, about filling vacancies among commissioned officers. Item citation: From folder 20 of the Boykin Family Papers (#78), Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. … Continue reading

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