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2 September 1864: “he now thought it too sad a War, to increase its terrors more than can possibly be avoided”

Item Description: Diary entry, dated 2 September 1864, written by William King. King was a plantation owner from Cobb County, Georgia. He remained alone on his plantation to protect his property and slaves from depredations by federal forces. Item Citation: … Continue reading

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17 August 1864: “how I had long desired to join the Church”

Item Description: Diary entry dated 17 August 1864 from Sarah Lois Wadley. She writes about the impending visit of an episcopal minister and her desire to join the church. Item Citation: From volume 4 (folder 5) in the Sarah Lois … Continue reading

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15 August 1864: “my heart is tonight agitated and troubled”

Item Description: Diary entry dated 15 August 1864 from Sarah Lois Wadley. She writes about her brother Willie returning to camp and the rumors that she has heard about the fighting around her. Item Citation: From volume 4 (folder 5) … Continue reading

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13 August 1864: ” a very uncourteous visitor whoever he be”

Item Description: Diary entry dated 13 August 1864 from Sarah Lois Wadley. She writes about her daily life with detail. She describes what she is reading and the people she talks with as well. There is a small note at … Continue reading

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1 August 1864: “Kyle’s man Harry commenced work”

Item Description: Diary entry dated 1 August 1864 written by Leonidas Jones. He was superintendent of the Western Railroad in Fayetteville. Item Citation: Volume 2 of Leonidas Campbell Jones diaries, #04523, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina … Continue reading

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28 May 1864: “A negroe wedding”

Item description: Diary entry, 28 May 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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23 May 1864: “We are guarded by negro troops, who are as mean as hell.”

Item Description: Diary entry, dated 23 May 1864, written by Louis Leon, a Confederate soldier in the North Carolina Infantry. At this point in the war, Leon has been imprisoned at Point Lookout, Maryland.  In this entry, he describes an incident … Continue reading

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29 February 1864: “there has been a big battle in Virginia in which the Yankees were as badly whipped as they ever have been.”

Item description: Diary entry, 29 February 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 in … Continue reading

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12 February 1864: “He has come to take Newberne and he has sent you down here to take this camp and cart off supplies and he expects you will do it.”

Item description: Entry, dated 12 February 1864, in the diary of John L. Swain.  In it he writes about the assembly of Confederate troops under General James G. Martin in Eastern North Carolina with the objective of recapturing cities under … Continue reading

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4 January 1864: “There was a most horrid murder perpetrated in Monroe the other day; Mr. Baker’s little son, only seven years old was riding through town attended by a negro boy when he was shot through the head and instantly killed…”

Item description: Entry, dated 4 January 1864, from the diary of Sarah Lois Wadley, which includes details about the murder of a young boy in Monroe, La., by a Mexican member of a Texas regiment. More about Sarah Lois Wadley: Sarah Lois … Continue reading

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