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21 May 1862: “all but five of those in attendance were subject to military rule, it was thought advisable to suspend…”

Item description: Article, “W.F. College Suspended,” as published in the 21 May 1862 issue of the Hillsborough Recorder (republished from the Biblical Recorder) on the suspension of classes at Wake Forest College (now Wake Forest University). Item citation: “W.F. College … Continue reading

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27 April 1862: “Fear of conscription threatens great injury here unless immediately allayed and I therefore urge prompt and earnest attention to the subject.”

Item Description: Letter of 27 April 1862 from David Swain to Charles Manly.  In this letter, President David Swain writes to Governor Manly concerning recent conscription legislation and the negative impact that the law will have on the University of … Continue reading

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18 April 1862: “…at this time, out of 800 men who formerly were active firemen 500 of them are in active service.”

Item description: Letter, dated 18 April 1862, from Moses Henry Nathan, Chief Engineer of the Charleston Fire Department, to William Porcher Miles, member of the Confederate House of Representatives and chair of its Military Affairs Committee. Nathan writes to ask … Continue reading

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17 April 1862: “It is, beyond question, the most important measure that has ever passed the Confederate Congress.”

 ITEM: ITEM DESCRIPTION: editorial, The Daily Journal (Wilmington, N.C.), 17 April 1862, page 2, column 1. BACKGROUND: On the previous day, 16 April 1862, the Congress of the Confederate States of America passed “An Act to further provided for the … Continue reading

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15 July 1861: “…all are agreed, however, that a great battle will take place very soon…”

Item description: In this diary entry, Jesse Bernard expresses the pervasive talk of war surrounding the early months of the Civil War. He insists on God’s support of the southern cause given the Confederate’s smaller troop numbers and economic resources. He also demonizes Union forces for their … Continue reading

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