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6 February 1865: “To our enemies I have no complaint to make”

Item Description: A letter regarding the treatment of Confederate prisoners by Union troops at Fort Pulaski for February 6th, 1865. Item Citation: From Folder 3, in the John Lucas Paul Cantwell Papers #3027, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of … Continue reading

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23 January 1865: “We hear so many rumors of the movements of the Yankees and of our own troops”

Item Description: A diary entry by Emma LaConte from Columbia describing their conditions as they prepare for the arrival of Yankee and confederate troops. She describes the quality of her clothes as as well as the price of food. Item Citation: … Continue reading

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20 January 1865: “more despondent than I ever was in my life”

Item Description: Letter dated 20 January 1965 by Robert W. Parker. Parker was a farmer in Bedford County, Va. He served as 4th Sergeant in the Virginia Cavalry for the Confederacy. He eventually was killed in action at Appomattox Courthouse, Va., … Continue reading

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2 January 1865: “We had a very pleasant evening and were regaled in honour of the new year, which yesterday being Sunday was celebrated today, with egg-nog, Confederate cake and pop-corn.”

Item description: Entry, dated 2 January 1865, from the diary of Emma Florence LeConte, the daughter of scientist Joseph LeConte of Columbia, S.C. Item citation: From the Emma LeConte Diary, #420-z, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at … Continue reading

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16 December 1864: “The fair that the have here at the hospital is not fit for a sick man to eate”

Item Description: Letter dated 16 December 1864. George Burwell’s cousin Peter writes to him to inform him about his being wounded. Item Citation: Folder 7, George W. Burwell Papers, #04291, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at … Continue reading

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27 November 1864: “This extra issue of vegetable coming at this particular time may lead the troops to believe that it was made in consequence of the late mutiny…”

Item Description: Letter, dated 27 November 1864, from Maj. R.S. Gage (commissary officer in Clingman’s Brigade) to Col. Hector McKeithan. In the letter, Gage explains that he has distributed extra vegetables (“one and a half pounds of turnips and about … Continue reading

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16 November 1864: “This is the day set apart by President Davis as a day of public worship”

Item Description: A letter from James Graham to his mother. James Augustus Graham was an officer stationed in Virginia and South Carolina during the war. In this letter he requests items for his troops. It reveals a lot about what the soldiers … Continue reading

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23 October 1864: “my Dear I will tell you tru we will not have aney fighting to do this fall and by next spring the war will be over.”

Item description: Letter, 23 October 1864, from Joseph H. Young to his wife Anna Eliza Young. Young was from Mifflin County, Pa. and served in the 184th Pennsylvania Regiment. Item citation: From the Joseph H. Young Papers, #3695-z, Southern Historical Collection, … Continue reading

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1 September 1864: “We have lots of fun along the lines.”

Item Description: Letter, 1 September 1864, from Alfred N. Proffit, private in Company D, 18th Regiment N.C. Troops to his sister and cousin. Item Citation: From folder 4 in the Proffit Family Papers, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of … Continue reading

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7 June 1864: “we may take our Southern Confederacy and go to h__ll with it”

Item Description: Letter from William Martin. He told of being involved in hard marching and heavy fighting at the battle of Cold Harbor near Chickahominy, Va. (7 June 1864). In the same letter, he noted that General Lee’s army was … Continue reading

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