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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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21 October 1861: “there is not one man in 50 in this section who has money enough to pay his current expenses to say nothing of taxes.”

Item description: Letter, 21 October 1861, from James H. Nichols, Lowndes County, Alabama, to William Porcher Miles, Representative for the Charleston, S.C., district in the Confederate Congress at Montgomery, Ala. The letter details concerns among the “planter class” about the … Continue reading

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30 July 1861: “A resolution to dispose of donations made by certain Churches on the late Fast Day.”

Item description: Resolution (approved on 30 July 1861) concerning the disposition of financial donations made to the Confederate States of America by Southern churches, as published in “The Statutes at Large of the Provisional Government of the Confederate States of … Continue reading

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