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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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27 December 1863: “So it seems we were driven to the bushes by a false alarm.”

Item Description: Diary entry, dated 27 December 1863, from the Samuel A. Agnew Diary. [transcription available below image] Item citation: From folder 9 of the Samuel A. Agnew Diary #923, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Item transcription: … Continue reading

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20 December 1863: “Can we then make enough to subsist our army & people, especially if the law passes, as proposed to draft 100,000 able bodied negroes to act as teamsters, cooks, etc. The wisdom of this last proposed bill is questionable, although not arming the negroes will it not be training them, or organizing them as a force capable of turning at some future time against us?”

Item description: Entry, 20 December 1863, from the diary of James Achille de Caradeuc with reflections on war news and current events. Item transcription: The War The Situation Dec. 20th. 1863. After Bragg’s defeat at Missionary Hill near Chattanooga our … Continue reading

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2 December 1863: “They burned and sacked houses, tanyards & blacksmith shops, broke open smoke houses, carried off Mr. Horace Lacy’s library and committed havoc generally.”

Item description: Entry, dated 2 December 1863, from the Civil War diary of Peter W. Hairston. Item citation: From the Peter Wilson Hairston Papers #299, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Item transcription: Dec. … Continue reading

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21 November 1863: “In Buncombe the cavalry are scouring the country gathering up every man they find of conscript age and they have taken some that are beyond the age”

Item description: In this diary entry, dated 21 November 1863, Samuel A. Agnew recorded some of his usual comments on the weather and his doings and also noted the cavalry’s apparent ruthlessness in rounding up conscripts in Buncombe, Miss. Samuel … Continue reading

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18 November 1863: “he prayed for him last night as he had never prayed for his soul.”

Item Description: Diary entry, 18 November 1863, written Peter Wilson Hairston (1819-1886), a tobacco planter of southwestern Virginia and north central North Carolina, Confederate soldier, and commission merchant. The entry discusses movements of the Confederate army, third party reminiscences of the … Continue reading

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14 November 1863: “His sister married a Yankee [...] who [...] like all yankees could not be trusted”

Item Description: Diary entry, 14 November 1863, written Peter Wilson Hairston (1819-1886), a tobacco planter of southwestern Virginia and north central North Carolina, Confederate soldier, and commission merchant. The entry discusses movements of the Confederate army and family life of … Continue reading

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8 November 1863: “I am afflicted with the scurvy, chronic diarrhœa and fever. These are the prevailing diseases here…”

Item description: Entry from a diary kept by Willard W. Glazier, who enlisted as a private in the “2nd Regiment of N. Y. Cavalry (Harris Light)” early in the war. He was captured by soldiers of the Confederate Army on … Continue reading

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