Tag Archives: Confederate States of America

25 February 1865: “…as will hereafter prevent consequences so unjust and injurious to said farming interests.”

Item Description: Resolution passed by the General Assembly of the state of Virginia, in relation to the Confederate States impressment laws. [Scans courtesy of Internet Archive and Duke University Library. This item can also be found via the Rare Book Collection, University … Continue reading

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5 February 1865: “We learned from them that the message of President Lincoln to the Congress of the United States, in December last, explains clearly and distinctly his sentiments as to the terms, conditions and method of proceeding, by which peace can be secured to the people…”

Item Description: Report, “Message of the President : to the Senate and House of Representatives of the Confederate States of America (with an Extract from Mr. Lincoln’s message of December last, referred to in the foregoing report)”. [Scans courtesy of Internet Archive … Continue reading

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9 January 1865: “That there shall be appointed by the President, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, a General.”

Item Description: A bill to provide for the appointment of a directing general of the armies of the Confederate States. [Scans courtesy of Internet Archive and Duke University Library. This item can also be found via the Rare Book Collection, University of … Continue reading

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17 October 1864: “that appointment will hereafter be made by the war Dept. exclusively”

Item Description: A letter from the War department regarding who has the authority to appoint troops. Item Citation:Folder 18 in the T. L. Clingman Papers, #157, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Item Transcription: Confederate … Continue reading

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28 April 1864: “it is the duty of a soldier so to conduct himself as to dignify titles and not derive importance from them.”

Item Description: Correspondence, 28 April  and 8 May 1864, between General Edmund Kirby Smith  and Major General R. Taylor, in which Taylor expresses extreme dissatisfaction with Kirby Smith’s leadership and Kirby Smith denies his claims. Edmund Kirby-Smith was a United States and … Continue reading

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13 September 1863: “Since I last wrote to you I have been on quite a journey.”

Item Description: Letter, 13 September 1863, from Joseph Wilson Alexander to his mother, Elvira Catherine Wilson Alexander, relaying news of his escape from imprisonment and recapture in New England. J. W. Alexander, who predicted trouble when he heard of Lincoln’s 1860 … Continue reading

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11 September 1863: “For mens passions when once aroused to such heights as these are seldom appeased without bloodshed and revenge.”

Item Description: Diary entry of 11 September 1863.  David Schenk writes of dissension, disloyalty, and “Civil War” within North Carolina.  He described a small revolt north of Statesville, the “Tories” of Raleigh, and the looming problems in the State’s Western … Continue reading

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17 May 1863: “Say nothing about my writing so it will get out publicly. If I attempt it, I want it put through”

Item Description: Letter, 17 May 1863, Robert W. Parker to  to his wife, Rebecca Louise Fitzhugh Walker Parker, about possibly finding a substitute for him in the war. Parker served in the 2nd Virginia Cavalry of the Confederate States of America … 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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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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