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3 September 1864: “they curse Hood beyond all account”

Item Description: Letter, 3 September 1864, from George Washington Baker to his mother. Baker hailed from Washington County, N.Y., and served with Company K, 123rd New York Volunteers in the Civil War. Item Citation: From folder 5 of the George … Continue reading

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25 May 1864: “This fight has been going on 21 days and I suppose that Mr. Grant says he will fight ninety days or take Richmond. Well for my parte I do not know whether he will take it or not but I know he will have some hard fighting before he gets Richmond.”

Item Description: Letter, dated 25 May 1864 from H.C. Fogleman, a Confederate Lieutenant, to his cousin Martin Moser, describing his participation in the Battle of the Wilderness. Moser was a farmer in Alamance County, North Carolina. [Item transcription available below … Continue reading

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4 May 1864: “Why then does he wait for Grant to gather his strength?”

Item description: In this letter, Thomas L. Norwood, wrote from Richmond, Va., to his uncle Walter W. Lenoir, catching him up on news of the 37th North Carolina Troops, Company A. Norwood reported on the prosecution of the case against … Continue reading

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30 March 1864: “The weather continues cold, uncomfortable and equinoctial.”

Item: “News” (editorial), The Daily Journal (Wilmington, N. C.), 30 March 1864, page 2, column 1.  This editorial column discusses the lack of news, the “temporary lull in the storm of war,” the editors’ opinion on the political relationship between … 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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29 November 1863: “Gen. Bragg will fight again, and I hope his soldiers will do better. Some of them are said to have left the field without firing a gun”

Item Description: Letter, dated 29 November, 1863 from Nathaniel Henry Rhodes Dawson to his wife Elodie Todd Dawson (sister of Mary Todd Lincoln) from Montgomery, Alabama. The letter describes Dawson’s time as legislature and rumors about the campaign in Chattanooga. … Continue reading

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11 June 1863: “…News from all quarters is that desertion is progressing to an alarming extent and disloyalty is every where increasing and growing bolder”

Item description: In this diary entry of 11 June 1863, David Schenck (1835-1902),  who during the war held the post of receiver in Lincoln County, N.C., under the Sequestration Act, confided his doubts about the Confederacy’s chances for success. Not … Continue reading

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