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21 November 1862: “Some of the citizens of Martin thought that they had carried off no less than 3000 negroes…”

Item description: Letter, 21 November 1862, from Robert D. Graham to his father William A. Graham. Robert writes about marching from North Carolina into Virginia, the destruction of property by Union soldiers, and African Americans leaving with the Union troops. … Continue reading

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13 July 1862: “Noble Vicksburg, I am proud of her, she still holds out, though the large Yankee fleet before the city is constantly bombarding her”

Item description: From the diary of Sarah Lois Wadley, 13 July 1862. In this entry, Wadley talks about the battle of Vicksburg and about hearing reports of formerly enslaved African Americans in Union camps that want to return to their … Continue reading

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23 April 1862: “The Negroes are getting off from here in crowds”

Item description: Letter from William C. Wood to his brother, Edward Wood, reporting on the ambiguous accounts of the Battle of South Mills in Camden County, N.C., and warning him to “watch his boats” since others in the area had … Continue reading

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27 July 1861: “today I snatched time to ride with the two Generals and their staffs to look at and criticize the positions of the armies in the fight. The smell of the field was awful…”

Item description: Letter, 27 July 1861, from Edward Porter Alexander to his wife in which he addresses matters about which she had written him before, namely her missing trunk. Turning to matters of his own, he discusses his promotion to … Continue reading

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