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16 April 1863: “Many of the commissioned officers, of the provisional army have obtained high rank of election and promotion, before attaining the age of twenty-one years.”

Item description: Message, dated 16 April 1863, from President Jefferson Davis concerning his approval of a bill from the Confederate Congress entitled, “An act to allow minors to hold commissions in the army.” Item citation: “Message of the President,” Confederate … Continue reading

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13 March 1863: “I was crowded to the wall, and was compelled to retire, the only alternative being to resign, or make war upon the President.”

Item description: Letter, 13 March 1863, from Gustavus Woodson Smith to Edmund Kirby-Smith. G.W. Smith writes to Kirby-Smith regarding a promotion for his friend, Jilson P. Johnson. He also comments on the recent resignation of his commission as major general. … Continue reading

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4 March 1862: “I desire a position in your company if you, and your men think me worthy of it, either 1st, 2nd, or 3rd Lieutenancy…”

Item description: Letter, 4 March 1862, from John Riggs to John Richardson in which Riggs is seeking a commission as a lieutenant in Richardson’s company (company L of the 41st Mississippi Infantry Regiment). According to service records, it appears that … Continue reading

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19 November 1861: “the result of these elections shows an improved condition among our people for we are to remember that half of the voting population of our country is absent in their country’s defence…”

Item description: Letter, 19 November 1861, from Hardy Hardison, Scuppernong, N.C., to William S. Pettigrew, Raleigh, N.C.  In the letter, Hardison, a local physician, alludes to the controversy surrounding the election of militia officers in Washington County in late 1861. … Continue reading

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1 September 1861: “Lewis said with regard to the Camp life that men did there what they would be ashamed to do at home.”

Item description: Entry, dated 1 September 1861, from the diary of Margaret Ann Meta Morris Grimball. [Transcription available below images.] Item citation: From the the Margaret Ann Meta Morris Grimball Diary #975-z, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of … Continue reading

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