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30 November 1864: “Thou hast nobly done thy duty, In thy Country’s holy strife, And thy soul of Christian beauty Hath assumed immortal life.”

Item Description: Letter from Polly Tunstall to her cousin Jane Alston, lamenting the death of her brother George Dudley Tunstall.  She also worries about the health of her father and her brothers Nathaniel and Landon who are serving in the … Continue reading

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28 October 1864: “even as I would that of a brother, for such he ever seemed to me”

Item Description: Letter dated 28 October 1864 written by John Francis Shaffner. He gives extensive description of his love for Carrie Fries, who he became engaged to in September 1863. Shaffner also mourns the loss of a close friend in … Continue reading

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5 July 1864: “They do a good deal of damage when they fall in the right place.”

Item Description: Letter dated 5 July 1864, written by Sam R. Locklear. He writes to his mother and discusses the fighting occurring near Petersburg. He also describes the gruesome death of one of his fellow soldiers. Item Citation: Folder 2, … Continue reading

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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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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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18 December 1863: “…you will in a short time receive the settlement of your brother’s affairs…”

Item description: Letter, dated 18 December 1863, from James J. Iredell to William S. Pettigrew.  The letter discusses arrangements relating to the financial accounts of Pettigrew’s late brother, James Johnston Pettigrew, specifically his pay from the Confederate army, and conditions … Continue reading

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19 November 1863: “To-day (Thanksgiving day) when the service commenced the shelling commenced too, and stopped just at the conclusion of our sermon.”

Item description: Letter, dated 19 November 1863, from Henry Deas Lesesne to William S. Pettigrew.  In this letter, Henry describes the death of a relative, Mrs. North, and arrangements to care financially for the son of Pettigrew’s deceased brother.  Lesesne … Continue reading

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2 September 1863: “The death of Genl Pettigrew, as it no common loss, so it is not merely a family sorrow.”

Item description: Letter, dated 2 September 1863, to Mary Pettigrew from Mr. Patterson, a Confederate soldier and a friend of the Pettigrew family.  He writes to express condolences on the recent death of Mary’s brother, General James Johnston Pettigrew. [transcription … Continue reading

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19 April 1863: “…I dont suppose the Jenkin’s being Presbyterians, will dance.”

Item Description: Letter, dated 19 April, 1863, from John Steele Henderson to his mother, Mary Henderson.  He discusses family members, including the death of a cousin, and the recent visit of a band to Salisbury. From folder 33 in the … Continue reading

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