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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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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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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 September 1863: “Such a drunken crowd you never have seen, Generals, Colonels, Majors [...]“

Item description: Letter, dated 21 September 1863, from John Andrew Ramsay to his cousin Julius.  Ramsay describes the movement of his company toward Tennessee, changes in command, and camp life.  He also requests boots be finished for him, and sends … Continue reading

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19 July 1863: “We had a separate Battle at a town called Gettysburg. Our Regt lost a hundred and ten men …”

Item description: Letter, dated 19 July 1863, from John Hundley to his wife Sally Hundley.  In this letter, Hundley describes his regiment’s march into Pennsylvania and retreat into Virginia following the battle of Gettysburg.  John Hundley served in Company C … Continue reading

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26 April 1863: “…we are in the best quarters we have had since leaving Boston, so we ought not to grumble.”

Item description: Diary entry, dated 26 April 1863, by John J. Wythe, who served in Co. E of the 44th Massachusetts Volunteers. He describes his accommodations (a house on Broad Street) in New Bern, North Carolina, during the Union Army’s … Continue reading

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23 April 1863: “…yesterday I went down to the river and ketched some fish and I fride them for breakfast so I had good breakfast…”

Item Description: Letter, dated 23 April 1863, from Eldridge B. Platt to his sister Adelah E. Platt. More about Eldridge B. Platt: Eldridge B. Platt (b. 1847) enlisted as a drummer in the 2nd Connecticut Light Battery on 12 August 1862. By … Continue reading

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6 April 1863: “I do not think it would be agreeable to military etiquette to call on a Col’s. wife and therefore, though I much desire her acquaintance, I think I must defer the pleasure until freed from my uniform.”

Item Description: Letter, 6 April 1863, from a Union solder named Carl, written in camp, New Bern, N.C., discussing the Confederate blockade of the river and the Union occupation of the town. The letter also mentions the free time the soldier had … Continue reading

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