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24 March 1864: “…as I mentioned yr name a flush spread over her and there was a momentary flash of the eye as if I was treading on forbidden ground.”

Item description: Letter, dated 24 (and 27) March 1864, from George S. Barnsley to Lancelot Minor “Lanty” Blackford.  Barnsley writes about his time as a surgeon in Richmond, and also discusses gossip regarding Blackford’s brother and a popular “Miss Jennie.” … Continue reading

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27 January 1864: “Dear relatives and friends I once more take up my pent to write you a few lines to inform you that I am as yet among the living.”

Item Description: Letter 27 January 1864 from Robert S. Sifford written from Hammond General Hospital at Point Lookout, Md., where he was a prisoner of war. The letter is generally addressed to family and friends and is meant to be … Continue reading

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20 January 1864: “I hope though you will get my letter before he sends for the brandy as it is paid for I would hate very much to disappoint him.”

Item Description: Letter, 20 January, 1864 from Archibald Hunter Arrington to his wife, Kate. Arrington was a planter from Nash County, NC and served in the US Congress from 1841-1845 and then in the Confederate Congress in 1861. In his letter, … Continue reading

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3 January 1864: “Tha have cut our rashions down to a quarter of a pound of bacon and one pound of flower…”

Item description: Letter, dated 3 January 1863, from Jesse Miller to William and Mary Proffit of Wilkes County, NC.  He describes sickness, cold weather, and food rations in his camp. [transcription available below images] Item citation: From folder 4 in … Continue reading

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24 August 1863: “You are my best earthly gift.”

Item description: Letter, dated 24 August 1863, from Benjamin Franklin Little to his wife, Mary Jane Reid Little.  He describes his recovery from an amputation in a Union hospital in Gettysburg. [transcription available below image] Item citation: From folder 6 … Continue reading

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9 July 1863: “It is said to have been certainly the most terrific fight of the war.”

Item description: Letter, 9 July 1863, from Benjamin Franklin Little, a Confederate officer from Richmond County, NC, to his wife Mary Reid “Flax” Little. Little relates the amputation of his arm, the conditions of the hospital, and worries over the well-being … Continue reading

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