Tag Archives: Corinth

7 December 1863: “He says nearly all the negroes there would come back to their masters if they were not afraid that they would be whipped and sold.”

Item description: Entry, dated 7 December 1863, in the Samuel A. Agnew Diary. [Transcription available below images] Item citation: From folder 9 of the Samuel A. Agnew Diary #923, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. … Continue reading

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11 November 1863: “I am slow to believe the evacuation of Corinth.”

Item Description: Diary entry, 11 November 1863. Samuel A. Agnew was a Presbyterian minister, teacher, farmer, and prominent local citizen in Mississippi. The diary entry details Agnew’s thoughts about the certain happenings of the war. [Item transcription available below image] … Continue reading

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2 November 1863: “… some talk as if Ham was a going to attack Corinth but that is mere talk – unadulterated nonsense.”

Item description: Entry, dated 2 November 1863, from the diary of Samuel A. Agnew, an Associate Reformed Presbyterian minister and farmer in northern Mississippi.  He discussed his personal activities and the potential movements of General Bragg and General Rosecrans. [transcription … Continue reading

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20 May 1862: “The anniversary of our first and second independence found me once more in the quiet of home – it passed without any event to mark its progress”

Item description: Diary entry, 20 May 1862, of David Schenck (1835-1902). Marks the passing of the anniversary of the secession of North Carolina from the Union; Schenck refers to this day as the “anniversary of our first and second independence.” … Continue reading

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11 April 1862: “our forces are at corinth it the opinion of some that the enemy will leave the river wile the water is up they may stay there but if they get out of reach of their boats they will be badly whiped but I tell you there no use fighting their gun boats.”

Item description: A letter written by John W. Taylor in Corinth, Miss., dated 11 April 1862, gives a detailed description of his experience in the Battle of Shiloh. More about John W. Taylor: John W. Taylor (b. 1837) was born in … Continue reading

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9 April 1862: “The news today from Ten. is not so favorable. Gen’l Beauregard telegraphs that he had fallen back from the river to his original position at Corinth…”

Item description: Entry, dated 9 April 1862, from the diary of Thomas Bragg (Attorney General of the Confederate States of America, 1861-1862). Bragg resigned his cabinet position on 18 March 1862 to return to his home in North Carolina. Bragg … Continue reading

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