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24 December 1863: “Shall the Confederacy stand or shall it fall? That is the question…”

Item description: A speech by Albert Gallatin Brown, Confederate senator from Mississippi, on the “State of the Country.” The speech was given in the Confederate Senate on 24 December 1863. To read the full document online, please see: https://archive.org/details/stateofcountryspbrow Item … Continue reading

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20 October 1862: “FRIENDS, TO THE RESCUE!!”

Item description: This broadside, which includes appeals from Governor Zebulon B. Vance, Surgeon General Edward Warren, and Assistant Quartermaster James Sloan, announces the State of North Carolina’s dire need of donations from private citizens to help clothe and shoe its … 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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31 July 1862: “Well, the poor soldier has paid out his little wages (if indeed he has received it,) for clothing and shoes, or nearly so, and consequently has none of any consequence to pay these extortionary prices for vegetables.”

Item description: Letter to the editors of the Wilmington (N.C.) Daily Journal, written by a “Soldier from Wake,” as published in the 31 July 1862 issue of the Journal. Item citation: “Extortion – The Soldier,” The Daily Journal (Wilmington, N.C.), … Continue reading

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11 December 1861: AN ORDINANCE FOR SUPPRESSING OPPRESSIVE SPECULATION UPON THE PRESENT NECESSITIES OF THE PEOPLE

Item description: An ordinance by North Carolina’s Secession Convention prohibiting speculation on “corn or other grain growing in the fields, or any other corn or grain, pork, or beef, either fish, salted or smoked, cheese, fish, coffee, sugar, tea, salt, … Continue reading

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21 October 1861: “there is not one man in 50 in this section who has money enough to pay his current expenses to say nothing of taxes.”

Item description: Letter, 21 October 1861, from James H. Nichols, Lowndes County, Alabama, to William Porcher Miles, Representative for the Charleston, S.C., district in the Confederate Congress at Montgomery, Ala. The letter details concerns among the “planter class” about the … Continue reading

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10 October 1861: “Shylock says there was no necessity for passing this law; that public opinion was a sufficient guaranty to prevent mens property from being sacrificed under the hammer.”

Item description: Editorial, 10 Oct 1861, from the Wilmington Daily Journal commenting on North Carolina’s “Stay Law.” Enacted by many states during the war, stay laws were legislative measures intended to protect private creditors and debtors in a time of … Continue reading

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