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12 December 1862: “The following is a list of substitute money delivered by me to Col. Peter Mallett, Commdt. at Camp Holmes near Raleigh N.C. on Dec. 12th 1862.”

Item description: List, dated 12 December 1862, of substitutes, as reported to Col. Peter Mallett, head of Confederate conscription in North Carolina. Item citation: From the Peter Mallett Papers, #480, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  

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5 December 1862: ” I have no doubt but what several hundred of conscripts are lying out in those mountains, but I think that most of them are cowardly…”

Item Description: Letter, 5 December 1862, from Thomas Isaac Lenoir, to his brother, describing his volunteer company’s march into Tennessee and the search for conscripts and the capture of prisoners. [Transcription available below images]  Item citation: From the Lenoir Family Papers #426, Southern … Continue reading

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5 October 1862: “Colonel Shaw’s body servant says the troops have left, and are in the vicinity of Wilmington, on account of yellow fever. The conscripts are from 14 to 50 years old. Many of them ran away.”

Item description: “Report of Acting Rear-Admiral Lee, U. S. Navy, regarding affairs in and about Wilmington, N. C., and the inefficiency of the blockade.” The report discusses naval actions near Wilmington, North Carolina, including reports of contraband, blockade activities, a … Continue reading

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28 August 1862: “Very soon after I left last January nearly all the students left and went to war; some were called out by the draft some were taken by the Conscription law and some went voluntarily, So nearly all left…”

Item description: In this letter of 28 August 1862, Preston H. Sessoms writes from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, N.C., to his sister Bettie. Sessoms tells his sister that only 50 students are enrolled, and board is expensive. … Continue reading

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22 August 1862: “Feeling a deep interest and even anxiety in the speedy and faithful execution of the conscript law, I cannot allow myself to be represented as opposed or even neutral towards it.”

Item description: Clerk’s copy of a letter, dated 22 August 1862, from North Carolina Governor Henry T. Clark to Confederate President Jefferson Davis. The letter continues a discussion about conscription among Clark, Davis, Confederate Secretary of War George W. Randolph … Continue reading

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5 August 1862: “Major Mallett reports that the desertions are numerous and that 200 men overpowered 10 guards and went off in a body.”

Item description: Clerk’s copy of a letter, dated 5 August 1862, from Confederate Secretary of War George W. Randolph to Jefferson Davis. The letter concerns conscription. Peter Mallett was a merchant of Fayetteville, N.C., and New York City; and a … Continue reading

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16 July 1862: “…if this plan is carried out we will have nothing but a military government in a few years from which the Lord deliver me from ever seeing”

Item description: Letter, 16 July 1862, from Elijah Graves Faucett, a private from Orange County, N.C., in the 6th North Carolina Infantry stationed near Richmond, to William Alexander Graham, a former governor of North Carolina who had opposed secession until … Continue reading

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15 July 1862: “…We have been compelled by the pressure of our enemies to give up more of our mother state to their brutal army.”

Item description: Letter, 15 July 1862, from Robert W. Parker of the 2nd Virginia Cavalry to his wife, Rebecca Louise Fitzhugh Walker Parker, at home in Bedford County, Va. Parker wrote of his company’s retreat from Culpeper to Rapidan Station, … Continue reading

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30 June 1862: “I am induced to believe that the law is not as “distasteful” as his Excellency imagines and with his cooperation and assistance there would be comparatively no objection to it.”

Item description: Letter, 30 June 1862, from Peter Mallett, head of Conscription for North Carolina, to Gen. George W. Randolph, Confederate Secretary of War.   Item citation: From folder 6 in the Peter Mallett Papers, #480, Southern Historical Collection, The … Continue reading

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24 June 1862: “The conscript act is very distasteful to our people and doubts of its constitutionality have been raised…”

Item description: Clerk’s copy of a letter, dated 24 June 1862, from North Carolina Governor Henry T. Clark to Maj. Peter Mallett, head of Confederate conscription in North Carolina.       Item citation: From folder 6 in the Peter Mallett … Continue reading

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