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13 December 1863: “…we all feel a supreme contempt for those who are secure from danger and hardships and employing their time in censoring the conduct of those who have for nearly three years stood as a wall of defense…”

Item Description: Letter, dated 13 December 1863, from W.J. Crook to Miss Hattie Crook at Columbia Female College in Columbia, South Carolina. He advises her how to fight a cold and expresses displeasure at criticisms of Confederate troops. [transcription available … 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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29 September 1863: “How we are spreading ourselves as a family this year, hey?”

Item Description: Letter dated 29 September, 1863 to Edward “Porter” Alexander from his sister Harriet. In this letter, Harriet congratulates her brother on the birth of his twins, Edward Porter and Lucy Roy, by his wife, Bettie Mason Alexander. She also … Continue reading

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22 September 1863: “If they are unsuccessful, we must nerve ourselves to face many new trials.”

ITEM DESCRIPTION: editorial, The Daily Journal (Wilmington, N. C.), 22 September 1863, page 2, column 1.  NB. The editorial describes the Battle of Chickamauga, fought 19-20 September 1863. TRANSCRIPTION: THE DAILY JOURNAL. CONFEDERATE STATES OF AMERICA. WILMINGTON, N. C., TUESDAY, SEPT’R. … Continue reading

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19 September 1863: “…not being disturbed but once and that by a rat which I found beneath under my pillow this morning.”

Item Description: In a letter to his wife dated 19 September, 1863, Lafayette McLaws describes the day-to-day activities, including the economy, in Atlanta as an officer in the Confederate States of America. McLaws survived the war, living to 1897 and served … Continue reading

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2 June 1863: “Rest assured my dear exacting wife…”

Item description: Letter, dated 2 June 1863, from General Lafayette McLaws to his wife. Item citation: From folder 7 in the Lafayette McLaws Papers, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Item transcription: Headquarters Division … Continue reading

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30 May 1863: “The ‘Chattahoochee’ is no more! and I am truly thankful that I was not present to witness the horrible scene on board. But I am anticipating the ship exploded her boiler on the 27th, inst., 7 miles below Alum Bluff, causing the death of 16 persons instantly, and two more will not recover.”

Item description: Letter, 30 May 1863, from George Washington Gift to his fiancee Ellen Augusta Shackelford, concerning the explosion that destroyed the gunboat C.S.S. Chattahoochee on 27 May 1863. George Washington Gift (b. 1833) was raised in Tennessee, and went to California some … Continue reading

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18 January 1863: “I made twelve garments last week and worked sixty-two button holes and sewed on as many buttons. Can you equal that?”

Item description: Letter, 18 January 1863, from Bettie Maney Kimberly, Chapel Hill, N.C., to her sister, Annie Maney Schon, Atlanta, Ga. Item citation: From the John Kimberly Papers #398, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel … Continue reading

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4 January 1863: “For such a servant, I would gladly give $2500.”

Item description: Letter, 4 January 1863, from Jeremy Francis Gilmer to his wife Louisa Fredericka Alexander Gilmer. More about Jeremy Francis Gilmer: Jeremy Francis Gilmer was born in Guilford County, N.C., on 23 February 1818. He entered the United States … Continue reading

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10 December 1862: “…it has been down already this to 14° and the weather of late has been very cold but fine.”

Item Description: Letter, 10 December 1862, from Godfrey Barnsley of Woodlands Plantation, Cass County, Georgia to his son, Lucien Barnsley in the office of Dr. Gaillard, Medical Director of the 2nd Corps, Army of the Potomac.  The letter discusses the possibility that Lucien … Continue reading

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