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6 May 1863: “List of Negroes working on the fortifications at Fort Pemberton”

Item description: ”List of Negroes working on the fortifications at Fort Pemberton,” dated 6 May 1863. Fort Pemberton was a Confederate fortification constructed on a narrow strip of land between the Tallahatchie and Yazoo Rivers, near Greenwood, Mississippi. Item citation: From … Continue reading

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2 May 1863: “Resolved that we have full confidence that Col. Logan will assign to the negroes of Morehouse a ward in the hospital, or a separate building, and that he will place the negroes from this Parish under the medical treatment of the Physician employed by the Planters…”

Item description: Resolution, 2 May 1863, from area planters concerning slaves who were being impresssed into Confederate service at Fort Beauregard, La. More about George W. Logan: George William Logan (1828-1896) was born in Charleston, S.C., to George William Logan … Continue reading

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11 March 1863: “John King has a negroe boy, a working on the fort by the name of Bob, and he has bin there every since the first call, he should have bin discharged when the other Franklin negroes was discharged.”

Item description: Letter, 11 March 1863, from R.C. Spann and C.W. Hamilton, concerning the impressment of slaves for the construction of Fort Beauregard (Louisiana). Item citation: From folder 5 in the George William Logan Papers #1560, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, … Continue reading

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2 October 1862: “Their is act past in this state for one fourth of the negros to go to charleston by the 10th of this month to bild fortifications and stay 30 days.”

Item description: Letter dated 2 October 1862 from A. M. Wallace, the overseer at a plantation near Gaston and Lincoln counties, N.C., to William A. Graham. Wallace sought Graham’s advice on several matters. He wanted guidance on how to manage … Continue reading

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13 August 1862: “all the counties in the eastern part of the state bordering on the lines of the enemy are required to furnish at once one fourth of the able bodied slave laborers within their limits…”

Item description: Notice, dated 13 August 1862, ordering North Carolina slaveholders to furnish slave labor for the construction of Confederate fortifications around Richmond and Petersburg, Va. Item citation: From folder 2 of the T. L. Clingman Papers, #157, Southern Historical … Continue reading

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16 June 1862: “By landing above us they can have no difficulty in cutting us off. Of course this Should not be mentioned by you living where you do.”

Item description: Letter, 16 June 1862, from Francis Wilder Bird to his sister, Mrs. Patrick Henry Winston, concerning the Eleventh Regiment’s movement from Camp Davis to Camp Wyatt, the tolerable but ultimately inadequate fortifications at Fort Fisher, and enemy fire … Continue reading

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8 February 1862: Map of the Battlefield of Roanoke Island

Item description: Detailed map of Roanoke Island battlefield in North Carolina, showing the placement of Confederate and Union troops, with a map of Roanoke Island and vicinity showing the location of forts, gun boats, and transport ships. Item citation: “Map … Continue reading

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22 December 1861: “A camp is visible about halfway from the mouth of the river to Yorktown, the drums of which we can distinctly hear morning and evening.”

Item description: Report of Acting Master Studley, U. S. Navy, commanding U. S. S. Young Rover, regarding batteries on the York and Poquosin rivers, and the crossing by small boats of the York River. To read more from the Official … Continue reading

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