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21 June 1864: “. . . the hardest fighting of the war may yet be looked for within sight and sound of the Cockade City.”

Item Description: “Petersburg” (editorial), The Daily Journal (Wilmington, N. C.), 21 June 1864. Transcription: Petersburg. It may be that while we write shot and shell are busy around the devoted city of Petersburg, for Grant has commenced a new campaign … Continue reading

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29 July 1862: “Don’t hoard up and hold back things in the eating line.”

Item description: Newspaper editorial, “Speculating,” from the 29 July 1862 issue of the Wilmington (N.C.) Daily Journal. Item citation: “Speculating,” The Daily Journal (Wilmington, N.C.), 29 July 1862.  North Carolina Collection call number: C071 Z.  Wilson Library, University of North … Continue reading

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23 May 1862: “Men of the south! Shall our mothers, our wives, our daughters and sisters, be thus outraged by the ruffianly soldiers of the North, to whom is given the right to treat, at their pleasure, the ladies of the South as common harlots?”

Item description: The Wilmington Daily Journal of 23 May 1862 included this compilation of material related to General Benjamin F. Butler’s General Order No. 28. Declaring that “ladies of New Orleans” who “shall, by word, gesture or movement, insult or … Continue reading

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12 November 1861: “Will Lincoln back out or will he not? Upon this depends the future character of this struggle.”

Item description: In this piece from 12 November 1861, the editors of the Wilmington Daily Journal examine which way the current war will unfold. They ask if it will be “confined to the operations of large bodies acting strategically for … Continue reading

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13 August 1861: “The Canadian Press generally…should abolish the use of the insulting misnomer ‘rebels.’”

Item description: A reprinted editorial from the Toronto Leader (22 July 1861) as found in the Wilmington Daily Journal of 13 August 1861. In it, the editors claim that the Canadian press should refrain from using the term “rebel” when … Continue reading

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4 July 1861: “The only thing contained in it that concerns us of the South as a people, is the fact that Lincoln calls for four hundred thousand men to coerce us to his will.”

Item description: On 4 July 1861, the Thirty-seventh United States Congress met in special session to decide whether or not to approve President Abraham Lincoln’s request for additional soldiers and money to prosecute the war. In a now famous address … Continue reading

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3 July 1861: “Lt. Gen’l Winfield Scott, &c., &c., &c. SIR: Some persons who depreciate your greatness, declare that your vanity is so excessive that it even rejects the sympathy of your friends.”

Item description: An editorial written, as a letter to General Winfield Scott, by an anonymous “southern spy.” The author was later identified as Edward Alfred Pollard (1832–1872). Item citation: From catalog #2824 Conf. in the Rare Book Collection, Wilson Library, … Continue reading

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