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5 May 1864: “…with our Gun Boat in the mouth of the Neuse, Newbern will be bound to ‘go rebel.’”

Item description: Letter, dated 5 May 1864, from Leonidas Lafayette Polk to his wife, Sallie.  Polk discusses engagements around New Bern, North Carolina, including the evacuation Union forces from Washington, N.C. He also discusses mail delivery and supplies in camp. … Continue reading

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11 November 1863: “I am slow to believe the evacuation of Corinth.”

Item Description: Diary entry, 11 November 1863. Samuel A. Agnew was a Presbyterian minister, teacher, farmer, and prominent local citizen in Mississippi. The diary entry details Agnew’s thoughts about the certain happenings of the war. [Item transcription available below image] … Continue reading

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5 May 1862: “…to be evacuated by the Confederate troops!!”

Item Description: Rev. Overton Bernard states the rumors of a Confederate evacuation of Norfolk, Virginia, which would occur in less than a week from his diary entry. Image: Item Citation: From folder 2 of the Overton and Jesse Bernard Diaries #62-z,  Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, … Continue reading

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6 March 1862: “We are now in the midst of a great calamity”

Item description: Entry, dated 6 March 1862, from the diary of Margaret Ann Meta Morris Grimball. In this entry, Grimball writes from Charleston that eighty-four of the slaves had left Grove Plantation and run away to Edisto, causing her husband, … Continue reading

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