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14 August 1863: “…voluntarily enlisted this 14th day of August 1863 as a Soldier in the ‘Confederate States Service'”

Item description: Oath for the enlistment of Luther Sloop in the Confederate Army, dated August 14th 1863. Item citation: From folder 34 of the John S. Henderson Papers #327, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel … Continue reading

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1 June 1863: “instead of belonging to Massa John Brown, they now belong to Massa Uncle Sam”

Item: news article, New York Herald, 1 June 1863, page 5, column 1. Transcription: NEWS FROM NORTH CAROLINA. Progress of the Negro Enlistments. Important Order on the Subject from Major General Foster, &c., &c., &c. Correspondence of Mr. Samuel R. … Continue reading

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19 February 1862: “…it shall be the duty of the Governor, from time to time, to issue his proclamation calling for volunteers to meet the requisitions of the Confederate Government…”

Item description: This ordinance, passed by North Carolina’s Secession Convention, gives explicit instructions on recruiting and organizing North Carolina’s quota of soldiers. It also discusses bounty pay due to new and returning soldiers. [Continue reading ordinances passed by this Convention] … Continue reading

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23 December 1861: “The DUPLIN RIFLES were RE-ORGANIZED by electing the following officers…”

Item Description: This broadside publication announced the election of new officers for the “Duplin Rifles” and that they were recruiting new soldiers for the unit. Item transcription: ON SATURDAY LAST The DUPLIN RIFLES were RE-ORGANIZED by electing the following officers, … Continue reading

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31 July 1861: “Students who were with us at the opening of the present year are now to be found in arms under the banners of every State in the Confederacy…”

Item description: Circular letter, 31 July 1861, from UNC President David Swain to students discouraging them from enlisting in the Confederate Army.  Since 1795, he writes, nothing had occurred to cause the university to close, and he did not anticipate … Continue reading

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8 July 1861: ” As President Davis will not receive any more 12 month Volunteers our company must either volunteer for the war or be disbanded on the 20th of August.”

Item description: Letter, 8 July 1861, from James A. Graham (1841-1909) to his father William A. Graham, a former United States senator and governor of North Carolina. In this letter, James Graham writes to get his father’s blessing to continue … Continue reading

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1 May 1861: “[The Faculty] beg leave to intimate to parents and guardians the propriety of restraining the anxiety so natural to the young and inexperienced to rush prematurely into military service.”

Item desciption: Circular letter from UNC President David L. Swain. North Carolina was three weeks from officially seceding when President David L. Swain issued the first of these circulars. He urged parents and guardians of university students to restrain their … Continue reading

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