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30 March 1864: “The weather continues cold, uncomfortable and equinoctial.”

Item: “News” (editorial), The Daily Journal (Wilmington, N. C.), 30 March 1864, page 2, column 1.  This editorial column discusses the lack of news, the “temporary lull in the storm of war,” the editors’ opinion on the political relationship between … Continue reading

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2 March 1864: “…news has just reached us the enemy are going in the direction of Lynchburg…”

Item description: Letter, dated 2 March 1864, from Robert W. Parker to his wife, Rebecca “Beck” Louise Fitzhugh Walker, about minor engagements, troop movements, and camp conditions in Virginia.  Parker mentions action and movement around several places, including Madison, Lynchburg, Charlottesville, … Continue reading

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22 January 1864: “…Every man ought to represent only such means as properly belongs to him; otherwise taxation might be very unequal.”

Item description: In this letter dated 22 January 1864, Gunn & Bowe Boot and Shoe Makers sent to Thomas Ruffin the remaining cents due on a note they had paid off in October 1863. Gunn & Bowe could not help … Continue reading

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24 December 1863: “Shall the Confederacy stand or shall it fall? That is the question…”

Item description: A speech by Albert Gallatin Brown, Confederate senator from Mississippi, on the “State of the Country.” The speech was given in the Confederate Senate on 24 December 1863. To read the full document online, please see: https://archive.org/details/stateofcountryspbrow Item … Continue reading

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9 August 1863: “I don’t know how the professors can be expected to live on the same amount they received formerly when prices have increased so much.”

Item description: Letter, dated 9 August 1863, from Annie M. Schon to her sister Bettie M. Kimberly in Chapel Hill, N.C.  She discusses the devaluation of Confederate currency and difficulties in obtaining household goods, specifically shoes and clothing. [Transcription available … Continue reading

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3 September 1862: “The paper of the counterfeit is whiter, stiffer, and better than the genuine.”

Item description: Article, “Counterfeit Confederate Notes,” from the 3 September 1862 issue of the Wilmington (N.C.) Daily Journal. The article provides “tests for distinguishing the genuine notes… from the spurious.” Item citation: “Counterfeit Confederate Notes,”The Daily Journal (Wilmington, N.C.), 3 … Continue reading

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17 February 1862: “…the State of North Carolina will, and doth hereby assume the payment of the tax known as the war tax, levied by the government of the Confederate States upon the people of North Carolina…”

Item description: This ordinance, passed by North Carolina’s Secession Convention, called on state government to “assume the payment of the tax known as the war tax, [which was] levied by the government of the Confederate States upon the people of … Continue reading

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27 November 1861: “Look out for Counterfeits”

Item description: The Wilmington Daily Journal of 27 November 1861 reprinted this warning of circulating counterfeit bills, which originally appeared in the Charleston Courier of 26 November 1861. Item citation: The Daily Journal. 27 November 1861. Wilmington, N.C.: Fulton & … Continue reading

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