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20 June 1864: “I have written in the breastworks, in a broiling tropical sun; pardon errors if you please.”

Item Description: letter by C. G. Wright, dated 6 June 1864, published by The Daily Journal (Wilmington, N. C.), on 20 June 1864. Transcription: The following letter has been received from Major Wright, by a gentleman in this town, and … Continue reading

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9 June 1864: “I need not delay – for there is nothing else fills my mind – Benjamin is no more numbered with the living…”

Item description: Letter, dated 9 June 1864, from Hannah Whitaker to her brother Jonathan Lewis Whitaker Lewis, expressing grief for the death of their brother Benjamin, who was killed at the Battle of Cold Harbor. Jonathan L. Whitaker was an Orange … Continue reading

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6 June 1864: “We regret to learn that on Thursday afternoon, or evening, Lt. J. L. Johnston, C.S.N., attached to this station, came to his death by drowning…”

Item description: A death notice for Lt. J. L. Johnston of the Confederate States Navy. Lt. Johnston drowned off the North Carolina coast, near Fort Caswell. Item Transcription: DEATH OF LT. J. L. JOHNSTON We regret to learn that on … Continue reading

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21 May 1864: “he suffered but a short time”

Item Description:  Letter dated 21 May 1864 from Robert Stuart Finley to Mr. Richard Cabeen in Illinois, telling of the death of his son Richard H. Cabeen in battle near Reseca, Georgia. Robert Stuart Finley (1838-1868), native of Ohio, moved … Continue reading

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15 December 1862: “It is my painful duty to write you a few lines informing you of the death of your son, cousin Benjamin N. Long.”

Item description: Letter, 15 December 1862, from James W. Jones to his uncle John Long informing him of the death of his son, Benjamin N. Long. The Long family of Alamance County, N.C., included John Long and Letitia R. Long … Continue reading

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16 October 1862: “Some of our best men pass off daily.”

Transcription (partial): The Fever. The physicians report 86 new cases of Yellow Fever yesterday.  Few make reports of deaths, but from the best information we can obtain we are led to the belief that the deaths yesterday (Wednesday) will not … Continue reading

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2 July 1862: “It becomes my painful duty to inform you of the death of your son John. R. Smith, a member of my company.”

Item description: Letter, 2 July 1862, from Edward M. Hardy, Captain of Company G, 6th Virginia Infantry Regiment, informing Rev. Aristides Spyker Smith (1809-1892) of the death of his son Johnathan “Johnnie” Reynolds Smith (1836-1862). Johnnie was killed on 1 … Continue reading

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