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27 December 1862: “It looks to me as if the persons named intended that they should be captured by the rebels.”

Item description: “Report of Commander Murray, U. S. Navy, regarding the reported capture of parties transporting goods from Norfolk [Virginia] to Elizabeth City [North Carolina].” To read more from the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the … Continue reading

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3 December 1862: “The captain of the said schooner acknowledges his intention of running the blockade.”

Item description: “Report of Commander Parker, U. S. Navy, regarding the chase of the schooner Brilliant and the capture of the schooner Emma Tuttle. To read more from the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War … Continue reading

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17 November 1862: “No Sentimental Journey”

Item Description: “No Sentimental Journey,” The New York Herald, 17 November 1862, page 1, column 3. Item Note: The writer refers to Kinston, N.C. as “Kingston.” Transcription: INTERESTING FROM NORTH CAROLINA. Adventures of One of Our Correspondents. NO SENTIMENTAL JOURNEY. … 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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18 March 1862: “I stuck to it til a vile ball struck me on my brest plate the brest plate glanced the ball away it gave me quite a clip but did not hirt me…”

Item description: Letter, 18 March 1862, from Jeremiah Stetson, from New Bern, N.C., to his wife Abbie F. “Happy” Stetson, in Hanson, Massachusetts. Jeremiah Stetson was born in Pembroke, Mass., on 27 June 1810. At the outbreak of the Civil … 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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