Tag Archives: engagements

4 December 1863: “…marched about 20 miles in the direction of Fredericksburg where we found the yankees…”

Item description: Letter, dated 4 December 1863, from J.D. Joyner to his mother in Franklinton, N.C.  He discusses an engagement with Union troops near Fredericksburg, Virginia, in which the Union forces retreated from General Lee’s advance, as well as his … Continue reading

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3 December 1863: “…a few days will certainly determine the course of the winter’s campaign.”

Item description: Letter, dated 3 December 1863, from Stephen D. Ramseur to his wife, Ellen Richmond Ramseur.  He describes engagements in Virginia and a Union retreat that may have been part of the Mine Run campaign. [transcription available below images] … Continue reading

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25 November 1863: “Ah the bitter humiliations of this disastrous day.”

Item description: Entry, dated 25 November 1863, in the D. Coleman Diary, describing engagements in Tennessee.  Captain Coleman describes in detail the Confederate defeat at the Battle of Missionary Ridge, following the Battle of Lookout Mountain in the Chattanooga Campaign. … Continue reading

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25 August 1861: “I love you with that adoration which a man gives to a lady whom he feels to be greater and better than himself, and my love, as I have frequently told you, is hardly distinguishable from religious feeling.”

Item description: Letter from Nathaniel Henry Rhodes Dawson (1829-1895) to his fiancee Elodie Todd (1844-1881). Nathaniel Henry Rhodes Dawson was a Selma, Ala., lawyer and politician, Confederate officer in the 4th Alabama Infantry Regiment, and United States commissioner of education. … Continue reading

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