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12 January 1862: “If there is an honorable road to get home, I shall spare no effort to find it as speedily as possible.”

Item description: Letter from Elisha Franklin Paxton to his wife, Elizabeth, dated 12 January 1862. Paxton is frustrated at being denied a furlough while other officers of equal rank have been receiving them. He informs his wife that he is … Continue reading

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16 November 1861: “The recommendation of the President of the Confederate States…appears to have been very generally complied with by our people and churches.”

Item description: On the 16 November 1861, the Wilmington Daily Journal reported on the day of “fasting, humiliation and prayer” that occurred the day before. According to the paper, the town’s residents and business’s “entered sincerely into the spirit of … Continue reading

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14 November 1861: “The President of the Confederate States having appointed Friday, the 15th inst., as a day of ‘fasting, humiliation and prayer’…”

Item description: In the Wilmington Daily Journal of 14 November 1861, this notice from John Dawson, mayor of Wilmington, was posted. The notice states that God is the only hope “to achieve success in the great struggle for liberty and … Continue reading

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13 November 1861: “We understand that the Independent Light Infantry and the LaFayette Light Infantry, of Fayetteville, are expected to arrive…”

Item description: In this piece from 13 November 1861, the editors of the Wilmington Daily Journal announce the arrival of two units of North Carolina soldiers, who are on their way home from Virginia. Item citation: The Daily Journal. 13 … Continue reading

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12 November 1861: “Will Lincoln back out or will he not? Upon this depends the future character of this struggle.”

Item description: In this piece from 12 November 1861, the editors of the Wilmington Daily Journal examine which way the current war will unfold. They ask if it will be “confined to the operations of large bodies acting strategically for … Continue reading

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25 September 1861: “Many of us have been in service as long as four months, and neither officers or men of this regiment have received one cent of pay.”

Item description: Letter to Dennis Heartt, editor of the Hillsborough Recorder, from a soldier in the Sixth Regiment of North Carolina State Troops. In the letter, which was written on 10 September 1861 from Camp Jones, near Bristoe Station, Virginia, … Continue reading

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