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10 November 1863: Union general Benjamin F. Butler assumes command of the Department of Virginia and North Carolina

Item Description: Envelope (ca. 1860s?) showing a map of eastern North Carolina and southeastern Virginia, and a portrait of General Benjamin F. Butler, U. S. Army. On November 10, 1863, General Butler assumed command of the Department of Virginia and … Continue reading

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29 June 1862: “The west or right bank of James River is entirely in the hands of the rebels. Nearly the whole power of the Southern Confederacy is within a few miles of us.”

Item description: “Report of Commander [John] Rodgers, U. S. Navy, of the sending the submarine propeller back to Fortress Monroe for further orders.” The report discusses naval actions in support of the Union Army’s movements during the Seven Days Battle, … Continue reading

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10 January 1862: Burnside Expedition rumors

Item Description:  Newspaper article “The Burnside Expedition” from The Daily Journal (Wilmington, N. C.), page 2 column 2. Transcription: The following account of the Burnside expedition was intended to have been inserted in yesterday’s Journal, and was so referred to … Continue reading

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1 January 1862: “we may expect an attack soon on Roanoke Island and other points near us…already several negroes have left here or near here…”

Image description: Letter to William S. Pettigrew from S. H. McRae, 1 January 1862, about the potential for attacks on Roanoke Island by Union forces, and seeking Pettigrew’s influence to secure more Confederate troops as a precaution in case of … Continue reading

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16 October 1861: “Thursday the weather was pleasant but the sea was rather rough making the ship roll quite heavily having a great many lands men on board there was a great deal of sea sickness”

Item description: First entry, 16 October 1861, of the log book for the U.S. Steamer Augusta, kept by Eugene Whittemore, a surgeon’s assistant on the ship. The log book includes a daily record of naval operations, activities of the ship’s … Continue reading

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