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3 March 1865: “With regard to the prison stations at Andersonville, Salisbury and other places south of Richmond[…] We are satisfied that privation, suffering and mortality, to an extent much to be regretted, did prevail among the prisoners there, but they were not the result of neglect, still less of design on the part of the Confederate government.”

Item description: Report, dated 3 March 1865, of the Joint Select Committee appointed to investigate the Condition and Treatment of Prisoners of War. [Note: The image above is only the first page of the report. Click here to see a complete … Continue reading

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2 February 1865: “The inclination of my mind at present is that the proposed change in the charter of the Danville Bank would be unconstitutional.”

Item Description: Letter written by John Gilmer to William T. Sutherlin.  He writes about the constitutionality of a change to the charter of Danville Bank in Danville, VA. Item Citation: Folder 21, in the William Thomas Sutherlin Papers, #3327, Southern … 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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6 August 1864: “So such as one it would seem no less the interest than the duty of the state to extend the means of subsistence”

Item Description: Letter from James Farrow to James Tupper.  Writing on the behalf of Col. Jones, he requests that wages of agents of the Agency of South Carolina be increased so they could afford lodging, clothing, and food.  At the … Continue reading

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5 January 1864: “An Act to increase the efficiency of the army by the employment of free negroes and slaves in certain capacities.”

Item description: Copy of a bill, dated 5 January 1864, before the Confederate House of Representatives titled, “An act to increase the efficiency of the army by the employment of free negroes and slaves in certain capacities.” [Scans courtesy of Internet … 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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18 April 1863: “…the vessels of the volunteer navy are authorized to seize, capture and destroy upon the sea, or within the ebb and flow of the tide, all vessels and property of the United States, and of the citizens thereof…”

Item description: “An Act To Establish A Volunteer Navy,” Congress of the Confederate States of America, dated 28 February 1863. Item citation: “An Act to Establish a Volunteer Navy,” Confederate States of America, 18 April 1863. 57 Conf., Rare Book … Continue reading

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16 April 1863: “Many of the commissioned officers, of the provisional army have obtained high rank of election and promotion, before attaining the age of twenty-one years.”

Item description: Message, dated 16 April 1863, from President Jefferson Davis concerning his approval of a bill from the Confederate Congress entitled, “An act to allow minors to hold commissions in the army.” Item citation: “Message of the President,” Confederate … Continue reading

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28 February 1863: “Every person concerned in holding such elections in any State or camp, shall take an oath to support the constitution of Confederate States…”

Item description: “A bill to be entitled An act to provide certain regulations for holding elections for representatives in the Congress of the Confederate States,” dated 28 February 1863. [Scans courtesy of Internet Archive. The original item can also be found in … Continue reading

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21 April 1862: “…whatever of blame and responsibility is justly attributable to any one for the defeat of our troops at Roanoke Island, on the 8th of February, 1862, should attach to Major General B. Huger and the late Secretary of War, J. P. Benjamin.”

Item description: This report, which was created at the behest of the Confederate Congress, examines “The Roanoke Island Defeat.” It attributes responsibility for the defeat to Major General Benjamin Huger and Secretary of War Judah P. Benjamin. North Carolina’s Confederate … Continue reading

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