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13 March 1864: “Genl Longstreet is playing a very bold game…”

Item description: Letter, dated 13 March 1864, from John Edwards to W. R. McLaws relating details of the court martial of Major General Lafayette McLaws.  McLaws stood trial for his actions during the 1863 battles surrounding Knoxville, Tennessee, including failure … Continue reading

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24 February 1864: “These times we hesitate not to ask favors of our friends & generally our friends are willing to serve us.”

Item Description: In this letter, Mary C. Ruffin wrote from Graham, N.C., to her nephew, Major Daniel Heyward Hamilton Jr., seeking his help in procuring kerosene oil and ascertaining the price and quality of cotton cards. She was sensitive to … Continue reading

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21 February 1864: “In general the condition of affairs in East Tennessee was so much improved as to produce a decided feeling of confidence.”

Item: “Report of Major General J. G. Foster of Operations in East Tennessee” in Supplemental Report of the Joint Committee on the Conduct of the War, in two volumes. Supplemental to Senate report no. 142, 38th Congress, 2d session . … Continue reading

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3 February 1864: “You will consider yourself under arrest …”

Item description: Letter, dated 3 February 1864, from General Longstreet’s Eastern Tennessee Headquarters to General Lafayette McLaws, relieving him of his command and placing him under arrest.  These actions preceded McLaws’ court-martial (and eventual exoneration) for failure to cooperate with … 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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25 September 1863: “My whole heart & Soul have been with you & your brave Corps in your late battle.”

Item description: In this letter, 25 September 1863, General Robert E. Lee wrote to General James Longstreet with congratulations for brave fighting at the recent Battle of Chickamauga and urged him to return quickly to the Rapidan River in northern … Continue reading

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15 June 1863: “It is reported that our army will not be allowed to plunder or rob in Pennsylvania […]”

Item description: Letter, dated 15 June 1863, from General Lafayette McLaws to his wife, Emily.  He describes his division receiving orders to march into Pennsylvania, as well as orders for the army to not “plunder and rob.” Item citation: From … Continue reading

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17 March 1863: “I have a frail good for nothing body, but I have more heart for the work than some of these big fellows…”

Item description: Letter, 17 March 1863, from D.H. Hill to James Longstreet, Goldsboro, N.C., requesting Ransom’s brigade or another be ordered to Goldsboro to help fortify Kinston, N.C., while other brigades moved on Greenville, N.C. Item citation: From the D. … Continue reading

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21 January 1863: “Genl. Longstreet desires you to have your batteries assigned to all the available positions in our front. “

Item description: Order, dated 21 January 1863, from G. Moxley Sorrel, General Longstreet’s chief of staff, to Edward Porter Alexander. Item transcription: Head Quarters 1st Army Corps Near Fredburg, January 21st 1863 Colonel Genl. Longstreet desires you to have your … Continue reading

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14 November 1862: “I am very anxious to go to my native state to defend the soil that that the miserable abolitionists of the hated and cowardly state of Massachusetts are now polluting.”

Item description: Letter, 14 November 1862, from D.G. Cowand to William S. Pettigrew. Cowand wrote to thank his friend for lobbying the governor on his behalf for a command in North Carolina should troops be raised to defend the home … Continue reading

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