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9 April 1862: “The news today from Ten. is not so favorable. Gen’l Beauregard telegraphs that he had fallen back from the river to his original position at Corinth…”

Item description: Entry, dated 9 April 1862, from the diary of Thomas Bragg (Attorney General of the Confederate States of America, 1861-1862). Bragg resigned his cabinet position on 18 March 1862 to return to his home in North Carolina. Bragg … Continue reading

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14 February 1862: It seems that on Monday the enemy got possession of Elizabeth City. Henningsen was there & retreated – When last heard from he was at Newby’s Bridge & probably escaped to Suffolk or some point on the Rail Road to Norfolk.

Item description: Entry, 14 February 1862, from the diary of Thomas Bragg (Attorney General of the Confederate States of America, 1861-1863), written in Richmond, Va. Bragg comments on the capture of Elizabeth City, military affairs, diplomacy, and the burden felt … Continue reading

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17 January 1862: Upon the whole the President was much irritated and declared if such was to be the course of the States towards the Gov’t the carrying on the war was an impossibility – that we had better make terms as soon as we could, and those of us who had halters around our necks had better get out of the Country as speedily as possible – I have not seen him so gloomy – I wish he was a dictator.

Item description: Entry, 17 January 1862, from the diary of Thomas Bragg (Attorney General of the Confederate States of America, 1861-1863), written in Richmond, Va. Bragg comments on political gossip, pending legislation, the growing tension between the Confederate Government and … Continue reading

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8 January 1862: “[President Jefferson Davis] never names Beauregard. I think, after all, he does not like him or think much of him. I am not sure but the Sec’y of War is in the same category.”

Item description: Entry, 8 January 1862, from the diary of Thomas Bragg (Attorney General of the Confederate States of America, 1861-1863), written in Richmond, Va. Bragg comments on Confederate foreign relations, arrangements for the delivery of mail abroad, events in … Continue reading

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6 January 1862: “Smuggling was spoken [of] and Mr. Memminger said the Gov’t winked at it because of our necessities…”

Item description: Entry, 6 January 1862, from the diary of Thomas Bragg (Attorney General of the Confederate States of America, 1861-1863), written in Richmond, Va. [Transcription available below images.] Item citation: From the Thomas Bragg Papers, 3304-z, Southern Historical Collection, … Continue reading

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