Tag Archives: disease

12 October 1864: “We are drawing light rashions here.”

Item Description: A letter written by Christopher Wren Bunker to his family from prison. It describes some of the conditions at prison, as well as some illness he has suffered. He served in the Confederate Army in eastern Tennessee and western … Continue reading

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25 February 1864: “… they are used for paving stones & are calculated generally to last ‘3 years or during the war'”

 Item description: Letter, dated 25 February 1864, from Edward W. Allen to his parents.  In this letter, Allen describes activities at Camp Randall, Wisconsin, including a description of hardtack, friends in the Hospital, and sending photographs to friends and family. … Continue reading

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15 November 1863: “I am well aware that an escape from prison is attended with much difficulty as well as danger.”

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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13 November 1863: “…The loss of Slaves, fencing, stock subsistence etc will prevent our doing much in the way of farming for several years…”

Item description: In this letter, 13 November 1863, William Lenoir in Atlanta, Ga.,  wrote to his cousin, Rufus Theodore Lenoir, in Fort Defiance, N.C., with an update on the family’s business interests that were at risk during anticipated Yankee occupation. … 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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2 June 1863: “Rest assured my dear exacting wife…”

Item description: Letter, dated 2 June 1863, from General Lafayette McLaws to his wife. Item citation: From folder 7 in the Lafayette McLaws Papers, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Item transcription: Headquarters Division … Continue reading

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28 March 1863: “I drop you a few lines to give you the sad news that brother Calvin is dead.”

Item Description: Letter, dated 28 March 1863, from Corporal William H. Proffit during his service in the Wilkes Valley Guards (Company B, 1st North Carolina Regiment).  In this letter Cpl. Proffit informs his family of the death of his brother, … Continue reading

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1 February 1863: “I have had the itch – and feared to write lest it should be imparted to you from the paper…”

Item description: Letter, 1 February 1863, from Leonard Henderson to his mother Mary Henderson. The letter describes Henderson’s affliction with what many historians colloquially call “camp itch,” a mysterious skin disease that plagued countless soldiers during the war. Many now … Continue reading

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12 January 1863: “…the pony is very nearly starved into death.”

Item Description: Letter, dated 12 January 1863 from Charles Lockhart Pettigrew to his wife, Jane Caroline North Pettigrew.  The letter describes his visit to the area near Winston, NC where his slaves have been hired out to work on the … Continue reading

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1 November 1862: “Nine States in the Black Confederacy will hold elections on the 4th of this month…”

Item description: A broadside printed on 1 November 1862 by the Wilmington (N.C.) Daily Journal. The document reports on an outbreak of yellow fever in the Wilmington area, Halloween, elections and other news from the North, reports of England’s and … Continue reading

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