Tag Archives: Jefferson Davis

22 February 1864: “…being called thither on business with his Excellency the President.”

Item description: Letter, dated 22 February 1864, from Major Charles Scott Venable to Lieutenant General Richard Stoddert Ewell.  The letter informs Major Ewell that his commanding General (General Robert E. Lee) would be leaving his position to visit President Jefferson … Continue reading

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19 October 1863: “…preparing for the decisive struggle which is generally believed to be not far in the future.”

Item description: Entry, dated 19 October 1863, from the diary of Samuel A. Agnew.  He discusses a case of horse-stealing, the activities surrounding a visit from CSA President Jefferson Davis, and recent operations of General James Chalmers. [transcription available below … Continue reading

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14 October 1863: “The President has been here for some time…”

Item Description: Letter, dated 14 October 1863, from Lafayette McLaws to his wife.  He discusses a visit from President Jefferson Davis, family affairs, weather, and troop movements. [transcription available below images] Item citation: From folder 8 of the Lafayette McLaws … Continue reading

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18 May 1863: “We shall look for further news from that quarter with much interest.”

Item: editorials and advertisements, The Daily Journal (Wilmington, N. C.), 18 May 1863, page 2, columns 1 and 2. Notes: 1) The Siege of Vicksburg began on 18 May 1863.  2) Colonel Thomas Purdie, of the 18th North Carolina Regiment, … Continue reading

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16 April 1863: “Many of the commissioned officers, of the provisional army have obtained high rank of election and promotion, before attaining the age of twenty-one years.”

Item description: Message, dated 16 April 1863, from President Jefferson Davis concerning his approval of a bill from the Confederate Congress entitled, “An act to allow minors to hold commissions in the army.” Item citation: “Message of the President,” Confederate … Continue reading

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7 January 1863: “President Davis passed down in the cars on Saturday last, on his return to Richmond…”

Item description: Newspaper article, “President Davis,” as published in the 7 January 1863 issue of the Hillsborough Recorder. The article describes President Jefferson Davis’ visit to North Carolina. Item citation: “President Davis,” Hillsborough Recorder. 7 January 1863. Hillsborough, N.C. : Dennis Heartt, 1820-1879. C071 … Continue reading

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5 January 1863: “Alice and the little girls came safely to hand on Saturday in company with President Davis who made a pretty little speech at the station.”

Item description: Letter, 5 January 1863, from Paul Cameron to Thomas Ruffin. Item citation: From folder 453 in the Thomas Ruffin Papers #641 in the Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Item transcription: Hillsboro, Jany. 5th ’63 My Dear … Continue reading

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29 October 1862: “Genl. Bragg cannot move into Middle Tenn. with prospect of success without your cooperation.”

Item description: Letter, 29 October 1862, from Jefferson Davis to Edmund Kirby-Smith. In the letter, Davis expresses his disappointment of the Confederate retreat from Kentucky into Tennessee but also seems to justify his decision to keep Gen. Braxton Bragg in … Continue reading

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22 August 1862: “Feeling a deep interest and even anxiety in the speedy and faithful execution of the conscript law, I cannot allow myself to be represented as opposed or even neutral towards it.”

Item description: Clerk’s copy of a letter, dated 22 August 1862, from North Carolina Governor Henry T. Clark to Confederate President Jefferson Davis. The letter continues a discussion about conscription among Clark, Davis, Confederate Secretary of War George W. Randolph … Continue reading

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5 August 1862: “Major Mallett reports that the desertions are numerous and that 200 men overpowered 10 guards and went off in a body.”

Item description: Clerk’s copy of a letter, dated 5 August 1862, from Confederate Secretary of War George W. Randolph to Jefferson Davis. The letter concerns conscription. Peter Mallett was a merchant of Fayetteville, N.C., and New York City; and a … Continue reading

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