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10 November 1862: “Genl. McClellan has been removed–producing excitement in the Fedl Army–.”

Item description: Entry, dated 10 November 1862, in the diary of Rev. Overton Bernard. He reports the news of General George McClellan’s dismissal as General-in-Chief of the Union Army and relays the challenges to civilian travel within an occupied city. … Continue reading

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4 November 1862: “He is a perfect skeleton, and could not walk up stairs, but is anxious to get home and would have started today, but it is threatening rain, and Mother thought he had better not go.”

Item description: Entry, 4 November 1862, from the diary of Sarah Lois Wadley. More about Sarah Lois Wadley: Sarah Lois Wadley was born in 1844 in New Hampshire, the daughter of railroad superintendent William Morrill Wadley (1813-1882) and Rebecca Barnard Everingham … Continue reading

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28 October 1862: “They are building the brick kiln now, and I hope the chimneys will be finished before we have any more such cold weather.”

Item description: Entry, 15 October 1862, from the diary of Sarah Lois Wadley. More about Sarah Lois Wadley: Sarah Lois Wadley was born in 1844 in New Hampshire, the daughter of railroad superintendent William Morrill Wadley (1813-1882) and Rebecca Barnard Everingham … Continue reading

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15 October 1862: “Oh! how many, many such widows this war will make, nay, has already made…”

Item description: Entry, 15 October 1862, from the diary of Sarah Lois Wadley. More about Sarah Lois Wadley: Sarah Lois Wadley was born in 1844 in New Hampshire, the daughter of railroad superintendent William Morrill Wadley (1813-1882) and Rebecca Barnard … Continue reading

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27 September 1862: “…have got to go back again as there is a mistake in papers…”

Item description: Newton Wallace, Company I, 27th Massachusetts Infantry, noted in his diary entry for 26 September that he “started on board the Eagle for Newberne [North Carolina] with Discharge Papers,” but his entry for 27 September states that there … Continue reading

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18 September 1862: “and we hear that the Yankees are dying by hundreds in New Orleans, this last is an awful thing to rejoice over, and yet such the fate of a bloody war and such are the feelings which it engenders, even in the merciful heart of a woman.”

Item description: Entry, dated 18 September 1862, from the diary of Sarah Lois Wadley. Item citation: From the Sarah Lois Wadley Papers, #1258, Southern Historical Collection,Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Item transcription: Wednesday Sep, 18th– I have time … Continue reading

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1 September 1862: “…in hot pursuit of the flying, lying braggart Pope who vaunted that he was ‘accustomed to look only on the backs of his foes…’”

Item description: Entry, dated 1 September 1862, in the diary of David Schenck (1835-1902). [Transcription available below images.] 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 … Continue reading

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30 August 1862: “We hear of battles, and read descriptions of them; but it is only when on the field, and a spectator of the scene, that one can realize half their grandeur, or their horrors.”

Item description: Entry, dated 30 August 1862, from the diary of William Penn Lloyd (1837-1911) of Lisbon, Pa., 1st Lieutenant, A.A.G., First Regiment Pennsylvania Reserve Calvary during the Civil War. In this entry, a continuation of his 29 August entry, Lloyd reports … Continue reading

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29 August 1862: “The sable garb of night settled down on the field of blood, and the weary warriors.”

Item description: Entry, dated 29 August 1862, from the diary of William Penn Lloyd (1837-1911) of Lisbon, Pa., 1st Lieutenant, A.A.G., First Regiment Pennsylvania Reserve Calvary during the Civil War. In this entry, Lloyd reports on his involvement in the Second … Continue reading

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27 August 1862: “I was not afraid, slept with the doors open. the pickets with the guns at the street corners seemed protection for me.”

Item description: Entry, dated 27 August 1862, from the diary of Mahala Roach of Vicksburg, Miss. Mahala P. H. Roach (1825-1905) was the daughter of Dick H. Eggleston, M.D., and Elizabeth Gildart Eggleston (d. 1895), and grew up in Woodville, Wilkinson … Continue reading

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