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31 January 1864: “some of the rebs says that they had to kill ther mules to keep from starving to death”

Item Description: 31 January 1864, letter from J. W. Clark, a Federal soldier at Camp Smith, Nashville, Tenn., to his brother giving news of friends and describing life around camp at Nashville. [Transcription available below image]   Item Citation: Folder 2, John … Continue reading

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21 January 1864: “Hell is truth seen too late.”

Item description: Diary entry, 21 January 1864, describing violence and casualties among civilians and deserters, written by Jason Niles. Niles practiced law for 46 years in Kosciusko, Miss., and served as a Republican U. S. representative from 1873-1875. His diaries are an … Continue reading

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13 January 1864: “The conscriptors have apprehended him several times but he always manages to get away from them.”

Item description: Diary entry, 13 January 1864, written by Samuel Andrew Agnew. Agnew grew up and attended college and seminary in Due West, S.C. In 1852, he moved to Mississippi, and thereafter lived in the northeastern part of the state, chiefly … Continue reading

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12 January 1864: “It is at present composed of convales-cents from the Hospitals, and of those men who have been arrested for absence without leave and sent to this place.”

Item description: Letter, dated 12 January 1864, from William Robertson Boggs, Brigadier General and Chief of Staff under Edmund Kirby-Smith at the CSA’s Trans-Mississippi Department.  The message, written to Major General Richard Taylor, requests a regiment to replace the department’s … Continue reading

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12 December 1863: “Negro property is looked on as almost valueless in the situation. Negro men are being sold in market for 100 gallons of brandy.”

Item description: Entry, dated 12 December 1863, from the diary of David Schenck. More about David Schenck: David Schenck (1835-1902), son of a doctor and apothecary of Lincolnton, N.C., attended Judge Fearson’s Law School in Rockford, N.C., and received his … Continue reading

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11 June 1863: “…News from all quarters is that desertion is progressing to an alarming extent and disloyalty is every where increasing and growing bolder”

Item description: In this diary entry of 11 June 1863, David Schenck (1835-1902),  who during the war held the post of receiver in Lincoln County, N.C., under the Sequestration Act, confided his doubts about the Confederacy’s chances for success. Not … Continue reading

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22 April 1863: “The whole district is against us & no certain information can be gained any where.”

Item Description: Letter, 22 April 1863, from John McRae to Peter Mallett about McRae’s efforts to round up deserters in Wake County, N.C.John McRae (1793-1880) served as postmaster at Fayetteville, N.C., with his father, Duncan, 1801-1853. He then went into private business … Continue reading

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10 March 1863: “Private Joseph Hebert Co. A., Crescent Regt. La. Vols. now under sentence of death for desertion having been pardoned by the President of the Confederate States, is hereby ordered to be released…”

Item description: Order, 10 March 1863, concerning a Confederate private who has been pardoned from his death sentence. Item citation: From folder 5 in the George William Logan Papers #1560, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina … Continue reading

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13 January 1863: “Two of this number were in pursuit of some deserters in the rain, who seeing that their guns would not fire, turned on them and succeeded in killing one with a pistol.”

Item description: Letter, 13 January 1863, from John Washington Graham, 56th North Carolina Infantry Regiment, to his father William Alexander Graham. More about John Washington Graham: John Washington Graham of Hillsborough, N.C., was the son of William Alexander Graham (1804-1875) … Continue reading

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6 January 1863: “All deserters [...] will be restored to duty without trial.”

Item description: Copy of General Orders, No. 2, dated 6 January 1863, granting amnesty to deserters who return to the Army of the Trans-Mississippi by the 1st of February 1863. Item transcription: HdQtrs. Trans Miss. Dept. Little Rock, Jany. 6, 1863 … Continue reading

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