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4 April 1964: “I believe the pickle was appreciated the most.”

Item description: Letter, dated 4 April 1864, from Peter M. Grattan to Mary E, Grattan.  Peter writes from Orange Court House, Va. about picket duty and camp life in general.  He also thanks her for a box of provisions and asks … Continue reading

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25 March 1864: “The articles captured by this vessel consist of 1 small schooner, 1 sloop, 1 boat, 107 sacks of corn, 2 sacks of wheat, 1 sack of oats, 6 sacks of salt, 5 kegs of salt, 5 boxes of tobacco, 15 pair oyster tongs, 12 plows, 1 cultivator, 100 plow points, 46 plowshares, and 15 molding boards.”

Item description: “Report of Lieutenant-Commander Babcock, U.S. Navy, regarding the disposition of prizes taken in York and Severn rivers.” To read more from the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, click here. … Continue reading

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6 February 1864: “…regarding the hens, the corn, and the beef that the Home Guard took from me…”

Item Description: Letter, dated 6 February 1864, from Alexander Daniel in Taylorsville, N.C. to Colonel S. A. Sharpe, 5th Regiment NC Home Guard, stationed in Statesville, N.C. Daniel asks for reimbursement for property impressed by Confederate troops.  [transcription available below … Continue reading

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31 December 1863: “I had an eggnog Christmas Eve night and a splendid dinner Christmas day.”

Item description: Letter, 31 December 1863, from James A. Graham to his mother. Item Citation: From the James A. Graham Papers #00283, Southern Historical Collection,The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Item transcription: Camp 27th No. Ca. Inf’y near Orange … Continue reading

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15 December 1863: “she does not want him hired at the same place next year. he writes her poor fellow that they have given him no clothes & he is much in need & begs to have his place exchanged.”

Item description: Letter, dated 15 December 1863, from Eliza Ann DeRosset to her sister (believed to be her sister Mary Jane DeRosset Curtis of Hillsborough, N.C.). The letter discusses supplies needed by various members of the family, particularly clothing. DeRosset also … Continue reading

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12 November 1863: “…we sat down to fine old ham, roast mutton-haunch, chicken pie, a dozen broiled partridges, sweet potatoes, rice-fritters, and butter.”

Item description: Letter, dated 12 November 1863, from Launcelot Minor “Lanty” Blackford to his mother, Mary Berkeley Minor Blackford.  Blackford discusses the death of his Uncle Lucius, camp life (including hunting and visiting officials), rail travel, and his pride in … Continue reading

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5 November 1863: “I never was so tired of soldiers!”

Item Description: Letter, 5 November 1863 Anne Gordon Finley at Cherokee County, Ala., describes the Confederates under General William Martin foraging and stealing all the food and supplies of the countryside, camping around and in her home, pulling up crops, and … Continue reading

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3 November 1863: “…it is the nicest article I can find any where now, so I got forty yards…”

Item description: Letter, dated 3 November 1863, from Annie M. Schon in Atlanta to her sister Bettie Kimberly in Chapel Hill.  She discusses their family, children, and the prices of clothing and food. [transcription available below images] Item citation: From … Continue reading

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6 October 1863: “Becky & Eliza were faithful and the Yankees called Becky “Secesh” because she told them she was not willing to leave her master.”

Item description: Entry, dated 6 October 1863, from the diary of Samuel A. Agnew.  He describes his escape of Union troops plundering his home and their attempts to free his family’s slaves. He also notes the cavalry’s “sweet tooth,” stating … Continue reading

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21 October 1863: “… a box of eatables and some lard…”

Item description: Letter, dated 21 October, 1863, from James A. Graham to his father, William Alexander Graham.  In this letter, Graham discusses the state of the railroad in Virginia, food shortages, and clothing. [transcription available below images] Item citation: From the … Continue reading

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