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17 December 1863: “I can tie my mustache in a bow-knot under my chin and am very handsome generally (see enclosed carte-de-visite).”

Item description: Letter, dated 17 December 1863, from Benjamin Lewis Blackford to his mother, Mary Berkeley Minor Blackford.  The letter is written from his camp on Topsail Sound, and it is he expresses his disgust with Wilmington residents, who have … Continue reading

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3 November 1863: “…it is the nicest article I can find any where now, so I got forty yards…”

Item description: Letter, dated 3 November 1863, from Annie M. Schon in Atlanta to her sister Bettie Kimberly in Chapel Hill.  She discusses their family, children, and the prices of clothing and food. [transcription available below images] Item citation: From … Continue reading

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6 September 1863: “Aunt Judy is nearly eaten out of house & home.”

Item description: Letter, dated 6 September 1863, to William Nelson Pendleton from F. W. Page.  Page asks Pendleton to use his influence in the Confederate army to recommend him for a captain’s commission, citing food shortages on a relative’s farm … Continue reading

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5 September 1863: “I bought the reader at the time she wrote but could not find the other books. I have since found it and it is the only one to be found in Richmond”

Item description: Letter, 5 September 1863, from William Henry Joyner Jr., to his mother Julia Joyner. William writes from Richmond and describes the availability of various goods in the city, noting especially the high price of books. Item Citation: From folder 13 … Continue reading

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1 September 1862: “…in hot pursuit of the flying, lying braggart Pope who vaunted that he was ‘accustomed to look only on the backs of his foes…'”

Item description: Entry, dated 1 September 1862, in the diary of David Schenck (1835-1902). [Transcription available below images.] More about David Schenck: David Schenck (1835-1902), son of a doctor and apothecary of Lincolnton, N.C., attended Judge Fearson’s Law School in … Continue reading

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