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29 November 1864: “The thieving scamps have broken Mr. Hunt, the Lipscombs and most everyone else in our county completely up.”

Item Description: Letter from H. R. Moore to Smith Lipscomb.  He discusses looting by Union Soldiers, wounded men at home, and contemplates joining the Army.  He also asks Lipscomb to secure his cotton to protect it from the Union soldiers. … Continue reading

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24 February 1864: “These times we hesitate not to ask favors of our friends & generally our friends are willing to serve us.”

Item Description: In this letter, Mary C. Ruffin wrote from Graham, N.C., to her nephew, Major Daniel Heyward Hamilton Jr., seeking his help in procuring kerosene oil and ascertaining the price and quality of cotton cards. She was sensitive to … Continue reading

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20 January 1864: “I hope though you will get my letter before he sends for the brandy as it is paid for I would hate very much to disappoint him.”

Item Description: Letter, 20 January, 1864 from Archibald Hunter Arrington to his wife, Kate. Arrington was a planter from Nash County, NC and served in the US Congress from 1841-1845 and then in the Confederate Congress in 1861. In his letter, … Continue reading

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29 October 1863: “Cotton is the King. He gets into queer corners and obtrudes himself where his neighbors don’t like him to come.”

Item Description: “Wilmington” (editorial), The Daily Journal (Wilmington, N.C), 29 October 1863, page 2, column 1. Transcription: No one familiar with the aspects of this place prior to 1861, can fail to recognize the marked difference in the Wilmington of … Continue reading

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3 April 1863: “The house servant that you wanted to buy, when down, I have not seen one that is for sale that I thought would suit.”

Item description: Note, 3 April 1863, to Ann McNeely of Salisbury, N.C., from W.T. Gilmore about the sale of cotton and the purchase of a house servant. Item citation: From folder 6 of the Macay and McNeely Family Papers #447, Southern … Continue reading

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20 January 1863: “400 lbs cotton – For the hire of Milly & Rose the present year we or either of us promise to deliver”

Item description: Contract, signed 20 January 1863, for the hire of two slaves, Milly and Rose, entered into by L.J. Ellinor and William Ellinor. Item citation: From folder 40 in the William Francis Martin Papers, #493, Southern Historical Collection, The … Continue reading

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30 December 1862: “Let me know whether I can get ten bunches (bales we call them) of cotton…”

Item Description:  Letter, 30 December 1862, from John R. Wilson to J.&J. H. Webb.  James Webb (20 February 1774-17 February 1855), physician of Hillsborough, Orange County, N.C., a founder of the North Carolina State Medical Society, Presbyterian educational leader and … 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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19 July 1862: “Any Cotton Among us Belonging to Traitors!”

Item description: Newspaper article, “Any Cotton Among us Belonging to Traitors!,” as re-published in the 19 July 1862 issue of the Wilmington Daily Journal. The article was originally published in the Atlanta Confederacy newspaper. Item citation: “Any Cotton Among us … Continue reading

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21 October 1861: “there is not one man in 50 in this section who has money enough to pay his current expenses to say nothing of taxes.”

Item description: Letter, 21 October 1861, from James H. Nichols, Lowndes County, Alabama, to William Porcher Miles, Representative for the Charleston, S.C., district in the Confederate Congress at Montgomery, Ala. The letter details concerns among the “planter class” about the … Continue reading

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