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10 December 1863: “…I have seen the effects of owners quitting their places only to be taken possession of by ‘the government’…”

Item description: Letter, dated 10 December 2013, from Tobias Gibson to  his daughter, Sarah Gibson “Sallie” Humphreys. He tells her that it might be dangerous for her to leave her property; he had been saved from ruin only by being … Continue reading

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18 May 1863: “We shall look for further news from that quarter with much interest.”

Item: editorials and advertisements, The Daily Journal (Wilmington, N. C.), 18 May 1863, page 2, columns 1 and 2. Notes: 1) The Siege of Vicksburg began on 18 May 1863.  2) Colonel Thomas Purdie, of the 18th North Carolina Regiment, … Continue reading

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4 March 1863: “Every day of my experience in teaching adds to my firm conviction that, if faithfully done, ‘t’is the most laborious of all employments…”

Item description: Letter, 4 March 1863, from Thomas L. Norwood to uncle Walter Waightstill Lenoir about how uncomfortable Thomas was with the idea of being a teacher like others in his family. Item citation: From the Lenoir Family Papers, #426, Southern Historical Collection, … Continue reading

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6 June 1862: “…Governor Stanly has not been instructed by the government to prevent the education of children, white or black, in the State of North Carolina.”

Item description: This document, which was ordered to be printed by the United States House of Representatives, is a compilation of documents related to “the authority and action of the Hon. Edward Stanly, military governor of North Carolina.” It includes … Continue reading

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5 June 1862: “Commencement Ball Announcement, Complimentary to The Graduating Class”

Item description: A commencement ball invitation from 5 June 1862. As the war progressed the student body at the University of North Carolina began to change drastically. By the fall of 1861, only 91 students remained at the University after many … Continue reading

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28 May 1862: “‘Of course you are aware,’ said the Governor, ‘that the laws of the State make the opening of such schools a criminal offence.’”

Item description: This transcript, which details a conversation about schools for recently freed slaves in occupied North Carolina between Edward Stanly, Military Governor of North Carolina, and Vincent Colyer, Superintendent of the Poor under Union General Burnside, is extracted from … Continue reading

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14 April 1862: “This is the anniversary of the fall of Ft Sumter and we have had the sad news confirmed of the loss of Ft Pulaski to us — I was not prepared for this, believing it impregnable.”

Item description: In this letter, Mary Henderson writes to her son John Steele Henderson, who was a student in Chapel Hill, N.C. at the University of North Carolina. Mary Henderson discusses local news, the Battle of Shiloh, and other war … Continue reading

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30 September 1861: “I have been a soldier in the 8th Reg. but finding that my health was failing I have determined to give up the service & act in some less laborious sphere.”

Item description: Letter, 30 September 1861, from P.D. Thompson to Anzolette Elizabeth Page Pendleton, together with a similar letter to Col. William Nelson Pendleton, both regarding the Pendletons’ invitation to Thompson to direct a local school. Thompson writes to the … Continue reading

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17 August 1861: “I go to school to Miss Margaret Mitchel and like her very much indeed. I am studying.”

Item description:  Letter of 17 August 1861 from Susie Mallett, in Chapel Hill, N.C., to her father Peter Mallett, a Confederate captain with Company C of the 3rd Infantry Regiment (North Carolina). It appears that Susie Mallett was staying with … Continue reading

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