Tag Archives: Confederate Army

19 May 1864: “Today so far everything is quiet the skirmishers don’t even fire at each other but seem to be quite friendly, meet each other and exchange papers and have a talk over the times…”

Item description: This letter, dated 19 May 1864, was written by Confederate soldier Lewis Warlick to his wife. In his letter, Warlick comments on the heavy fighting at Spotsylvania, Virginia. He also notes that friendly contacts were still possible between … Continue reading

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24 December 1863: “Shall the Confederacy stand or shall it fall? That is the question…”

Item description: A speech by Albert Gallatin Brown, Confederate senator from Mississippi, on the “State of the Country.” The speech was given in the Confederate Senate on 24 December 1863. To read the full document online, please see: https://archive.org/details/stateofcountryspbrow Item … Continue reading

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24 November 1863: “for horses will be horses next spring if we live to see the time”

Item Description:  Letter, 24 November 1863, in which Parker informs his parents that his horse was condemned by the Army, and asks them about the possibility of him buying another horse and keeping it with them during the winter. Parker served … Continue reading

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18 November 1863: “he prayed for him last night as he had never prayed for his soul.”

Item Description: Diary entry, 18 November 1863, written Peter Wilson Hairston (1819-1886), a tobacco planter of southwestern Virginia and north central North Carolina, Confederate soldier, and commission merchant. The entry discusses movements of the Confederate army, third party reminiscences of the … Continue reading

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14 November 1863: “His sister married a Yankee [...] who [...] like all yankees could not be trusted”

Item Description: Diary entry, 14 November 1863, written Peter Wilson Hairston (1819-1886), a tobacco planter of southwestern Virginia and north central North Carolina, Confederate soldier, and commission merchant. The entry discusses movements of the Confederate army and family life of … Continue reading

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14 August 1863: “…voluntarily enlisted this 14th day of August 1863 as a Soldier in the ‘Confederate States Service’”

Item description: Oath for the enlistment of Luther Sloop in the Confederate Army, dated August 14th 1863. Item citation: From folder 34 of the John S. Henderson Papers #327, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel … Continue reading

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7 July 1863: “Our sky seems to me now to be brighter than it has ever been heretofore.”

Item Description: Letter, 7 July 1863, from James Augustus Graham to his mother located in Hillsborough, N.C. in which Graham describes, among other things, the losses suffered by the Confederates at Gettysburg. [Item transcription available below images.] Item Citation: From Folder … Continue reading

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25 June 1863: “So far we have lived very good in the enemy’s country.”

Item Description: Diary entry, 25 June 1863, written by Louis Leon, a Confederate soldier in the North Carolina Infantry. In it, Leon describes the town of Carlisle, PA, and his regiment’s march to Gettysburg. Item Citation: From the Diary of a Tar … Continue reading

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9 June 1863: ” Your name was in the list of supposed prisoners, but for the most part all was vague and uncertain…”

 Item description: Letter, 9 June 1863, from William Thomson to Ruffin Thomson. William H. Thomson, born in Hillsborough, N.C., lived there and in Chapel Hill, N.C., attending the University of North Carolina. He taught in Alabama and attended medical school … Continue reading

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5 May 1863: “We met the yank’s 8 miles above Fredericksberg, and had a morning fight … in which we killed a great many yankees with but slight loss on our side.”

Item Description: Letter, 5 May 1863, from JD Joyner to his mother, Julia Joyner, recounting events surrounding the battle of Chancellorsville. Members of the Joyner family were planters and professionals from Franklin County, North Carolina. While William Joyner worked at the Department of … Continue reading

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