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23 October 1862: “Alas, I am sorry to say many are interred without even a prayer!”

Item description: Letter, 23 October 1862, from Henry Drane, Wilmington, N.C., to Mary Lindsay Hargrave Foxhall (1840-1911) about the yellow fever epidemic raging in the city. Item citation: From folder 1 of the Foxhall Family Papers #4531, Southern Historical Collection, The … Continue reading

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3 October 1862: “My Dear mis I rite you a few Lines for to Let you Know how we ar i hav Bin Sick all this week But am gitting Better…”

Item description: These two letters, both dated 3 October 1862, were written by two enslaved individuals owned by the DeRosset Family of Wilmington, N.C., William Thurber (who later became a minister) and Bella DeRosset. Both write about sickness among other … 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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1 March 1862: “Maggie we are beginning to have indications of spring the weather seems like April at the north”

Item description: Letter, 1 March 1862, from Union soldier Stephen Tippet Andrews to his beloved, Margaret (Maggie) Little. For an introduction to the correspondence between Andrews and Little, please see our post of 11 February 1862. [Transcription available below images.] … Continue reading

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3 December 1861: “he having received a Furlough from the 3rd day of Dec to the 1st day of January at which period he will rejoin his company at /near Centreville or wherever it is they may be or be considered a deserter”

Image description: Application for Furlough for H.E. Duncan, from Captain Boykin’s Independent Mounted Company of Rangers, 3 December 1861. Item citation: From the Boykin Family Papers, #78, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Item … 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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13 October 1861: “You seem to regard Sunday as little as we. Relief from drills, & the bore of an Inspection are the incidents which make the day with us.”

Item description: Letter, 13 October 1861, from Charles Woodward Hutson to his mother. Hutson comments on the health of his fellow soldiers, including a pair of “sickly brothers, who have been sick off & on ever since we left Charleston.” … Continue reading

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19 August 1861: “If we are to winter near the Potomac, I think I will certainly need flannel drawers, but not until the winter-season fairly sets in.”

Item description: In this letter of 19 August 1861 to his family, Charles Woodward Hutson comments on the large number of cases of typhoid fever and other ailments plaguing his fellow soldiers, noting, “too many suffer from a disease still … Continue reading

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18 August 1861: “Our Captain is sick our 1st Lut., acting Agt. Gen., our 2nd sick so we are commanded by the 3rd Lut. who is very young and inexperienced so if we were to have a fight soon we would be in a bad fix.”

Item description: In this letter, dated 18 August 1861, James Keen Munnerlyn describes the poor condition of his company, particularly the poor health of the officers, “Our Captain is sick our 1st Liet., acting Agt. Gen., our 2nd sick so … Continue reading

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12 August 1861: “Nearly three hundred of our men are under the Surgeon’s charge. Most of these are down with the measles.”

Item description: Still convalescing after being wounded at the Battle of First Bull Run (First Manassas), Charles Woodward Hutson writes this letter to his sister to update her on the progress of his recovery and the general health of his … Continue reading

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