Tag Archives: Confederate Army

19 March 1865: “The services of the named telegraph operators are needed”

Item Description: A letter requesting more telegraph operators from the army. This is an official paper of the Confederate Army. Item Citation: From Unit 9,  in the Confederate Papers #172, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina … Continue reading

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7 March 1865: “Troops are assembling at Lynchburg and Fitz Lee will move up James River.”

Item Description: Letter from Robert E. Lee to Alexander Robert Lawton.  He discusses Union troop movements and gives orders for the movement of Confederate troops. Item Citation: Folder 4, in the Alexander Robert Lawton Papers, #415, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson … Continue reading

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1 March 1865: “the enemy was sharp shooting all day.”

Item Description: Zaccheus Ellis was a lieutenant from Wilmington, N.C. This letter to his mother recounts how his battalion left Wilmington, and engaged with their enemies in some detail. He was killed in action in Bentonville, N.C.  Item Citation: From Folder 1, … Continue reading

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27 February 1865: “numerous desertions are now occurring among the troops from our State and many of them are going to the enemy.”

Item Description: Letter dated 27 February 1865 signed by the officers of the North Carolina Troops. It brings up concerns about desertions and low morale among members of the army. Item Citation: Folder 212, William A. Graham Papers, #00285, Southern Historical Collection, … Continue reading

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26 February 1865: “I now have the honour to tender my resignation”

Item Description: Frank G. Ruffin turns in his resignation to his commanding officer. He cites his failing health and other personal reasons. Ruffin owned a plantation in Virginia before the war. Item Citation: Folder 58, in the Frank G. Ruffin … Continue reading

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11 February 1865: “The delay which all these causes have produced in the payment of the troops, whilst it is painfully regretted by all who appreciate their invaluable services, ought and should be promptly redressed by the action of Congress, and the officers charged with the same.”

Item Description: Report, dated 11 February 1865, of the Special Committee on the Pay and Clothing of the Army, House of Representatives of the Confederate States of America. [Scans courtesy of Internet Archive and Duke University Library. This item can also be found … Continue reading

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8 February 1865: “the enemy have repaired burnt bridge and are crossing”

Item Description: George Anderson Mercer was a lawyer and Confederate officer from Savannah, Ga. He kept an intermittent diary throughout his life. During the War he was captured in Macon, Ga, and returned to service after his release. During this period … Continue reading

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3 February 1865: “Resolutions adopted by Humphrey’s Mississippi Brigade”

Item Description: Resolutions adopted by Humphrey’s Mississippi Brigade, Army of Northern Virginia on February 3, 1865. These resolutions reaffirm the Brigade’s loyalty to the confederacy despite the hardships they face. [Scans courtesy of Internet Archive and Duke University Library. This item … Continue reading

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1 Feb 1865: “Lieut. L. L. Conrad C. S. A. is hereby relieved from duty as acting asst. inspector general”

Item Description: A general order reassigning a lieutenant in Louisiana. Found in the George William Logan Papers. Item Citation: From Folder 43, in the George William Logan Papers #1560, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at … Continue reading

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26 January 1865: “the very general indifference everywhere out of the army, to what I conceive to be the most momentous earthly crisis which men were ever allied upon to meet”

Item Description: A letter, most like to Lt. General Stephen D. Lee, from his friend and army official, Patton Anderson, regarding both of their health as well as the locations and conditions of their Division. He mentions some frustration with … Continue reading

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