Tag Archives: Confederate Army

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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14 January 1865: “After all what is the use of “putting men into the Army” whether they be white or black if we cannot keep them there?”

Item Description: Letter from William Porcher Miles to Gen. Beauregard about use of slaves as soldiers in Confederate Army.  Miles goes back on his earlier idea of arming the slaves because he believes that will make them more likely to … Continue reading

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8 January 1865: “That army had suffered much in its morale by the long succession of retreats from Dalton”

Item Description: Letter from Jefferson Davis to his nephew Hugh.  He writes about issues with the Confederate military and government. Item Citation: From Folder 1, in the Mary Stamps Papers, #1453-z, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina … Continue reading

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2 December 1864: “I will now tell you how I made my escape.”

Item Description: A letter from W.D. Wharton to his future wife Mollie. Wharton was from North Carolina and served in the Confederate Cavalry in Virginia. Here he describes a narrow escape from Spring Creek, Virginia, and thanks God for sparing him. … Continue reading

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