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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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25 August 1862: “Every night she suffers terrors for fear of an attack by the rebels.”

Item description: Diary entry from Laura Towne, dated 25 August 1862. [Transcription available below images]  

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23 August 1862: “He came too, to take away slaves. He wanted two especially – Rina, who was washer and ironer for the family, and the childs nurse called Bella…”

Image description: Entry, dated 23 August 1862, from the diary of Laura Towne. Towne (1825-1901) came to St. Helena as part of the Port Royal Relief Group of Pennsylvania, an abolitionist group that came to Beaufort, S.C. and the surrounding … Continue reading

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20 August 1862: “The Yankees have come back, a few days ago they came down the river, took a cargo of arms which was lying at the landing…”

Item description: Diary entry from Sarah Lois Wadley, dated 20 August 1862. Item citation: From the Sarah Lois Wadley Papers, #1258, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Item transcription: Wednesday, Aug. 20th– The Yankees … Continue reading

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