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20 August 1862: “The Yankees have come back, a few days ago they came down the river, took a cargo of arms which was lying at the landing…”

Item description: Diary entry from Sarah Lois Wadley, dated 20 August 1862. Item citation: From the Sarah Lois Wadley Papers, #1258, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Item transcription: Wednesday, Aug. 20th– The Yankees … Continue reading

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10 August 1862: “Mr. Green has been in two battles lately, came out of both uninjured.”

Item description: Diary entry from Sarah Lois Wadley, dated 10 August 1862. [Transcription available below images]   Item citation: From the Sarah Lois Wadley Papers, #1258, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Item transcription: … Continue reading

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27 June 1862: “he says he fears a famine for the country. isn’t it a fearful prospect?”

Item description: Letter, 27 June 1862, from Jane Caroline North Pettigrew (wife of Charles Lockhart Pettigrew) to her brother-in-law, William S. Pettigrew. The letter illustrates how dispersed the Pettigrew family has become at this point in the war. The writer, … Continue reading

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18 June 1862: “I hear he gives as an excuse for running that his powder was wet, that is story for it had been a fine day and every gun cracked as clear as a whistle.”

Item description: Letter, 18 June 1862, from Benjamin Edward (“Eddy”) Stiles Jr., of the 16th Georgia Volunteer Infantry Regiment, to his mother Mary Ann Mackay Stiles. He writes of war news (such as J.E.B. Stuart’s June 1862 ride around the … Continue reading

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8 June 1862: “that infamous proclamation of Gen. Butler’s was issued in consequence of the ladies of New Orleans have sent back the cards sent to them by Mrs. Butler!”

Item description: Entry, 8 June 1862, from the diary of Sarah Lois Wadley. She records news of the war and comments on Union Gen. Benjamin Butler’s infamous General Order No. 28 (the so-called “Woman’s Order”). Item citation: In the Sarah … Continue reading

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5 June 1862: “Commencement Ball Announcement, Complimentary to The Graduating Class”

Item description: A commencement ball invitation from 5 June 1862. As the war progressed the student body at the University of North Carolina began to change drastically. By the fall of 1861, only 91 students remained at the University after many … Continue reading

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1 June 1862: “This is the first day of summer, a summer which promises to bring sadness to us, evils thicken around, and the clouds are no longer gathering, they seem about to burst…”

Item description: Entry, dated 1 June 1862, from the diary of Sarah Wadley. More about Sarah Lois Wadley: Sarah Lois Wadley was born in 1844 in New Hampshire, the daughter of railroad superintendent William Morrill Wadley (1813-1882) and Rebecca Barnard … Continue reading

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23 May 1862: “Men of the south! Shall our mothers, our wives, our daughters and sisters, be thus outraged by the ruffianly soldiers of the North, to whom is given the right to treat, at their pleasure, the ladies of the South as common harlots?”

Item description: The Wilmington Daily Journal of 23 May 1862 included this compilation of material related to General Benjamin F. Butler’s General Order No. 28. Declaring that “ladies of New Orleans” who “shall, by word, gesture or movement, insult or … Continue reading

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18 May 1862: “Horace came out of the skirmish safe, but was killed by a sentinel whom he, himself, had put upon guard and told to shoot any one who came near.”

Item description: Entry, dated 18 May 1862, from the diary of Sarah Wadley. More about Sarah Lois Wadley: Sarah Lois Wadley was born in 1844 in New Hampshire, the daughter of railroad superintendent William Morrill Wadley (1813-1882) and Rebecca Barnard … Continue reading

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7 May 1862: “Whereas, At the time prescribed by law for listing taxable property in this State, many of its citizens were in the military service of their State and of the Confederate States…”

Item description: This ordinance, passed by North Carolina’s Secession Convention, instructs sheriffs to “collect only the single tax” (rather than a “double tax”) from soldiers who had failed to list their taxes in a timely manner due to military service. … Continue reading

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