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12 April 1865: “Owing to events in his own country Genl Alexander desires to exercise his talents in some other”

Item Description: Letter dated 12 April 1865 from William Nelson Pendleton to the Emperor of Brazil. He writes regarding Edward Porter Alexander’s abilities and recommending him for the service in the Brazilian army following the defeat of the Confederate Army. … Continue reading

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11 April 1865: “Should the future offer no chance of service in our cause, I trust you will take to some other country that zeal, intelligence, energy, and courage which have so illustrated the brief history of this.”

Item Description: Letter dated 11 April 1865 from General James Longstreet to General Edward Porter Alexander from Gen. Longstreet. Longstreet writes to commend Alexander on his service throughout the war. Item Citation: Folder 22b, Edward Porter Alexander Papers, #7, Southern … Continue reading

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30 March 1865: “Oh Darling my heart yearns after you by day and night and if U could only look into it and see how it is filled with love”

Item Description: Letter from Edward Porter Alexander to his wife.  He writes about how much he misses her and the children. Item Citation: Folder 22a, in the Edward Porter Alexander Papers, #7, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North … Continue reading

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15 March 1865: “If you can’t get the gold I would get the things wh. you will most surely want, & get yourself some more green tea now while you can. I can’t bear to think of your getting out of it.”

Item description: Letter, dated 15 March, 1865, from Edward Porter Alexander to his wife Bettie Mason Alexander. [Item transcription available below images.] Item citation: From the Edward Porter Alexander Papers, #7, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North … Continue reading

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7 September 1864: “I can never never love you enough”

Item Description: Letter dated 7 September 1864, from Edward Porter Alexander to his wife. Letter, 13 June 1862, from Edward Porter Alexander to his wife. – See more at: http://blogs.lib.unc.edu/civilwar/index.php/2012/06/13/13-june-1862/#sthash.4tqpprJQ.dpuf Letter, 13 June 1862, from Edward Porter Alexander to his … Continue reading

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29 September 1863: “How we are spreading ourselves as a family this year, hey?”

Item Description: Letter dated 29 September, 1863 to Edward “Porter” Alexander from his sister Harriet. In this letter, Harriet congratulates her brother on the birth of his twins, Edward Porter and Lucy Roy, by his wife, Bettie Mason Alexander. She also … Continue reading

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21 January 1863: “Genl. Longstreet desires you to have your batteries assigned to all the available positions in our front. “

Item description: Order, dated 21 January 1863, from G. Moxley Sorrel, General Longstreet’s chief of staff, to Edward Porter Alexander. Item transcription: Head Quarters 1st Army Corps Near Fredburg, January 21st 1863 Colonel Genl. Longstreet desires you to have your … Continue reading

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13 June 1862: “Mrs. Morris & Mrs. Greenhow have arrived here at last from their Wash’n Prison…”

Item description: Letter, 13 June 1862, from Edward Porter Alexander to his wife. The letter includes a brief mention of Rose Greenhow and Augusta Morris, Confederate women spies. [Transcription available below images.] Item citation: From folder 11 of the Edward … Continue reading

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14 January 1862: “If active operations are under taken in the spring, an Ammunition train of three times the present size (55 wagons) will be necessary…”

Item description: Letter, 14 January 1862, from Edward Porter Alexander to Gen. P.G.T. Beauregard. Alexander reports on “deficiencies and defects in the Engineer and Ordnance Departments” of the Army of the Potomac (CSA). [Transcription available below images.] Item citation: From … Continue reading

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28 December 1861: “[Maryland] now lies prostrate & can only raise her hands clanking in chains & with one finger slyly beckon her southern friends to come to her rescue.”

Item description: Letter, 28 December 1861, to Edward Porter Alexander from an unidentified writer (later identified by Alexander as simply “Chapman”).  Item citation: From folder 9 of the Edward Porter Alexander Papers, #7, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University … Continue reading

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