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15 January 1864: “Our best protections will be our poverty and bad roads…”

Item description: In this letter dated 15 January 1864, Walter Waightstill Lenoir (1823-1890) wrote from Crab Orchard in Watauga County, N.C., to his mother, Selina Louisa Avery Lenoir (1783-1864) in Fort Defiance, Caldwell County, N.C., about the weather and its … Continue reading

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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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16 September 1863: “…it is so sweet to me to be petted if it is only by letter.”

Item description: Letter, dated 16 September 1863, from Frances “Fannie” Roulhac Hamilton to her husband, Daniel Heyward Hamilton.  She discusses an unidentified illness and the spring where she and others are being treated, as well as the pregnancy of a … Continue reading

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27 August 1863: “We left them in trouble on account Henrietta’s eldest child having diptheria”

Item description:  Letter, dated 27 August 1863, from Jane Gibert Pettigru North to her daughter, Jane Caroline “Carey” North Pettigrew.  In the letter, she discusses the lives and health of friends and family members, as well as her recent experience … Continue reading

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24 June 1863: “It was said that many marched until they fell dead…”

Item description: Letter, dated 24 June 1863, from Andrew J. Proffit to his father, William Proffit. He discusses troop movements in Virginia and his own health, and mentions the story of a two-headed calf born in Fredericksburg. Item citation: From … Continue reading

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1 November 1862: “Nine States in the Black Confederacy will hold elections on the 4th of this month…”

Item description: A broadside printed on 1 November 1862 by the Wilmington (N.C.) Daily Journal. The document reports on an outbreak of yellow fever in the Wilmington area, Halloween, elections and other news from the North, reports of England’s and … Continue reading

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25 December 1861: “Today Being Christmas the Col has excused us from drill and we are trying to pass this hollyday as best we can.”

Item description: Letter, 25 December 1861, from Emmett Cole, a Union soldier in Company F, 8th Michigan Infantry Regiment, encamped at Port Royal Island, S.C., to his sister Celestia. Cole commented on Christmas in the context of war, the Charleston fire, … Continue reading

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15 December 1861: “Sunday In Hospital came down with measles”

Item description: Entry, dated 15 December 1861, from diary of Newton Wallace, Company I, 27th Massachusetts Volunteers. Wallace was born in Holland, Massachusetts, and was twenty years old at the time of his enlistment. [Editorial Note: Wallace and his regiment … Continue reading

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1 December 1861: “Old letters and old newspapers are not worth much so I will write again”

Item description: Letter written by Jeremiah Stetson, from Annapolis, Maryland, to his wife Abbie F. “Happy” Stetson, in Hanson, Massachusetts (1 December 1861). Item citation: From the Jeremiah Stetson Papers #5028-z, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina … Continue reading

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15 October 1861: “they have been threatened with quite a formidable insurrection in Adams County, near Natchez, 40 miles from here. 27 have been hung.”

Item description: Letter, 15 October 1861, from Sophia Hughes Hunt, of Woodville, Mississippi, to her sister, Jennie Hughes, of Cedar Grove, South Carolina. The letter describes the efforts of relief societies to provide warm winter clothing for Confederate soldiers, mentions … Continue reading

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