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18 August 1863: “organizing the students at the University into a company to be drilled and called out in case of emergency to resist raids, &c.”

Item description:  Letter, 18 August 1863, from Adjutant General Daniel Fowle to Professor of Chemistry John Kimberly stating that Governor Zebulon Vance had suggested mobilizing a contingent of University of North Carolina students for defense of the home-front. [transcription available below image]   … Continue reading

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24 July 1863: “…Nat Went in to the Battle in Pennsylvania and he supposed he was killed he had not bin herd since…”

Item description: Letter, dated 24 July 1863, from Sally A. Bouldin to her “dear sister” Sally Hundley, reporting that her husband Nat was missing and presumed to have been killed during the Battle of Gettysburg. Item citation: From folder 2 … Continue reading

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14 June 1863: “The captain, without hesitation, acknowledged her to be a Confederate vessel and stated his cargo to consist of liquors, medicines, drugs, and provisions, with probably some articles for the rebel Government.”

Item description: “Capture of Confederate steamer Calypso, June 11, 1863. Report of Commander Bankhead, U. S. Navy, commanding U. S. S. Florida.” The report discusses the capture of the Confederate steamer Calypso off the North Carolina coast. The ship was … Continue reading

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7 May 1863: “AN APPEAL For The Sick And Wounded Soldiers

Item Description: In this broadside, members of the Salisbury [N.C.] Way-Side Hospital committee call for donations of “provisions, medicines, delicacies for the sick, and money” to help care for wounded and sick soldiers. The appeal ends with a call to … Continue reading

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27 March 1863: “It has been charged by both the ignorant and the evil-disposed against the people of our faith, that the Israelite does not fight in the battles of his country!”

Item description: This pamphlet contains a sermon delivered by Reverend M. J. Michelbacher of the Beth Ahabah Synagogue in Richmond, Virginia. In it he refutes claims that the Jewish people of the South are not actively supporting the Confederate cause … 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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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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22 May 1862: “I hope you destroy my letters.”

Item description: Letter, 22 May 1862, from Lavinia Morrison Dabney at the Union Theological Seminary (Farmville, Va.) to her husband, Robert Lewis Dabney, who served in the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia, first as a chaplain with the 18th Virginia … 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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28 January 1862: “for while my pen moves over the paper my blood rushes in my veins. for roar roar roar so[u]nds on my ear and makes the very ground quiver and tremble where I sit.”

Item description: Letter, 28 January 1862, from Emmett Cole, a Union soldier in Company F, 8th Michigan Infantry Regiment, at Beaufort, S.C., to his friend Jo in Michigan. Cole’s letter comments on the noise of artillery firing; rumors of England … Continue reading

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