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13 April 1863: “It was a hard blow, having marched near 100 miles & tired & now march all night a swampy road was indeed a hard blow. If ever there was a time when I felt like not going this was the time…”

Item Description: Diary entry, 13 April 1863, written by Thomas Lewis Ware, presumably of Washington, Ga., while he was a member of the 15th Georgia Infantry Regiment, Confederate States of America, serving in Virginia and in the Gettysburg campaign, during which he … Continue reading

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17 February 1863: “To arms, fellow citizens, come to share with us our dangers, our brilliant success, or our glorious death.”

Item Description: Letter, 17 February 1863, to the authorities and citizens of Savannah, GA, and Charleston, SC, warning of an impending attack on both cities, and Special Orders No. 44, issued to Brigadier General Thomas Lanier Clingman, advising his brigade to prepare … Continue reading

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20 December 1862: “…you never sean men go so fast in your life…”

Item Description: Letter, 20th December 1862, from George W. Harris, a sailor on the U.S.S. Richmond in the vicinity of New Orleans, LA, to his aunt in Philadelphia, PA. Item Citation: From the George W. Harris Letters #3657-z, Southern Historical Collection, … Continue reading

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11 December 1862: “My family…have been…but temporarily provided for; and, unless I can give them my personal attention, they will necessarily be subjected to suffering and great inconvenience.

Item Description: Letter, dated 11 December 1862, to Thomas L. Clingman from Captain Charles C. Clark, 31st North Carolina Infantry, requesting a leave of absence that is eventually denied. Thomas Clingman served terms in both the United State House and Senate … Continue reading

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6 October 1862: “as fair as I no our side has nothing to brag of our men is out of hart”

Item description: Letter, 6 October 1862, from Confederate soldier Eli Fogleman to his wife, Lucy B. Staley. Fogleman enlisted in Company K, 5th Regiment North Carolina Cavalry, C.S.A., in Guilford County, N.C. On 4 May 1863, Fogleman was taken prisoner … Continue reading

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11 April 1862: “our forces are at corinth it the opinion of some that the enemy will leave the river wile the water is up they may stay there but if they get out of reach of their boats they will be badly whiped but I tell you there no use fighting their gun boats.”

Item description: A letter written by John W. Taylor in Corinth, Miss., dated 11 April 1862, gives a detailed description of his experience in the Battle of Shiloh. More about John W. Taylor: John W. Taylor (b. 1837) was born in … Continue reading

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30 March 1862: “My unwavering confidence has only been in the final result, not in the intermediate steps which will lead to it. We may have yet enough of the same sort to endure to bring us to the verge of the precipice…”

Item description: Letter from Walter Waightstill Lenoir, written to one of his brothers. Item citation: In the Lenoir Family Papers #426, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Item transcription: Five miles East of Kinston, … Continue reading

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19 February 1862: “…it shall be the duty of the Governor, from time to time, to issue his proclamation calling for volunteers to meet the requisitions of the Confederate Government…”

Item description: This ordinance, passed by North Carolina’s Secession Convention, gives explicit instructions on recruiting and organizing North Carolina’s quota of soldiers. It also discusses bounty pay due to new and returning soldiers. [Continue reading ordinances passed by this Convention] … Continue reading

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21 June 1861: “What we desire is a badge of distincton, not a mark for a bullet”

Item description: An editorial (reprinted from the Richmond Dispatch) in the Wilmington Daily Journal of 21 June 1861. In it, the editors of the Richmond newspaper call for the ladies of the city to make a different type of badge … Continue reading

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27 May 1861: “[Confederate] soldiers are very different from the miserable rabble composing Lincoln’s Army…”

Item Description: In his diary, Rev. Overton Bernard compares the northern army against that of the South. He portrays Confederate forces as more honorable, religious, and capable. Item Citation: From folder 2 of the Overton and Jesse Bernard Diaries #62-z,  Southern Historical Collection, … Continue reading

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