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29 December 1863: “I cannot tell you how disappointed I was, that you were not with us at Christmas, I thought it might be the last Christmas we might ever spend in the old homestead…”

Item description: Letter, dated 29 December 1863, from Eliza Jane Lord DeRosset to her daughter Katherine Douglas DeRosset Meares (1830-1914).   [image] Item citation: From the DeRosset Family Papers #214, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Item … Continue reading

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27 November 1863: “We have enough from the hire of hands to live comfortably upon & surely never did people meet kinder friends than we have done.”

Item description: Letter, dated 27 November 1863, from Frances Devereux Polk at Asheville, N.C., to Harriett [last name unknown], in which there is a description of family events of the previous year, including their removal to Asheville. Item citation: From folder 4 … Continue reading

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10 September 1863: “Carrie is well, has never been sick, is a bright lively, intelligent little child, has four teeth, and begins to talk and walk.”

Item description: Letter, 10 September 1863, from Edmund Kirby Smith to his mother Frances Kirby Smith. More about Edmund Kirby Smith: Edmund Kirby-Smith (1824-1893) was a United States Army officer, Confederate Army general, president of the University of Nashville, and … Continue reading

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14 February 1863: “This is Valentines day and I hope to get one from her.”

Item description: Letter, 14 February 1863, believed to be from James M. and Laura Gwyn to their aunt, Mary Elizabeth (“Lizzie”) Garrett Lenoir. Item citation: From folder 151 of the Lenoir Family Papers, #426, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina … Continue reading

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12 February 1863: “I am here gathering up conscripts straglers and absentees and hope you will come up before I leave”

Item description: Letter, 12 February 1863, from Robert E. Brumby to his sister Sarah Simpson, while he was on leave in Goodman, Mississippi. [Item transcription available below images.] Item citation: From the Simpson and Brumby Family Papers, #1408-z, Southern Historical Collection, The … Continue reading

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11 February 1863: “I find myself disappointed upon inquiring as the the efficiency of the artificial legs, and will have to make up my mind to be a worse cripple than I had hoped for.”

Item description: Letter, 11 February 1863, from Walter Lenoir to his brother Thomas Isaac Lenoir. Item citation: From folder 151 of the Lenoir Family Papers, #426, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Item transcription: [Thos. I. Lenoir] Tucker’s … Continue reading

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4 February 1863: “The right snug hostelry of Mary Lee, a free colored woman and an excellent cook, was the centre of attraction, being thronged with officers, naval and military, all day.”

Item description: Published letter, dated 4 February 1863, written by Corporal Zenas T. Haines, Company D, 44th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment. The letter is an excerpt from Haines’ account, Letters from the Forty-Fourth Regiment M.V.M.: A Record of the Experience of a Nine … Continue reading

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28 January 1863: “Well, Judge, if they are our enemies we will have to admit they have fine music…”

Item description: Letter, 28 January 1863, Annie Maney Schon, Atlanta, Ga., to her sister, Bettie Maney Kimberly, Chapel Hill, N.C. (replying to Bettie’s letter of 18 January). Item citation: From the John Kimberly Papers #398, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North … Continue reading

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24 January 1863: “I have been very badly hurt, but am all right now. My horse ran away (she always does)…”

Item description: Letter, 24 January 1863, from Benjamin Lewis Blackford to his mother, Mary Berkeley Minor Blackford (1802-1896). [Item transcription available below images.] Item citation: From folder 84 in the Blackford Family Papers #1912, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina … Continue reading

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11 December 1862: “My family…have been…but temporarily provided for; and, unless I can give them my personal attention, they will necessarily be subjected to suffering and great inconvenience.

Item Description: Letter, dated 11 December 1862, to Thomas L. Clingman from Captain Charles C. Clark, 31st North Carolina Infantry, requesting a leave of absence that is eventually denied. Thomas Clingman served terms in both the United State House and Senate … Continue reading

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