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26 March 1862: “Florida is hard pressed by the enemy both Fernandina and Jacksonville have been taken by the Lincolnites.”

Item Description: Rev. Overton Bernard discusses his son’s, Jesse Bernard, raising of volunteer troops in Florida. He sheds light on political maneuvering involved in securing military ranks.  Bernard’s entry also illuminates the impact of the war on Florida cities. Image:    Item Citation: From … Continue reading

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24 November 1861: “This war is working harm to the church, I fear.”

Item description: Jesse Bernard explains the devastating impact the war had on the church and other spiritual and moral efforts. Item citation: From folder 3 in the Jesse and Overton Bernard #62-z, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North … Continue reading

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15 July 1861: “…all are agreed, however, that a great battle will take place very soon…”

Item description: In this diary entry, Jesse Bernard expresses the pervasive talk of war surrounding the early months of the Civil War. He insists on God’s support of the southern cause given the Confederate’s smaller troop numbers and economic resources. He also demonizes Union forces for their … Continue reading

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14 June 1861:”Hitherto, we have retreated, but now we will advance, and not only drive the enemy from our shores, but carry it into his owncountry.”

Item description: In his diary, Jesse Bernard describes correspondence he received from his family in Virginia who experienced Union siege. He expresses his faith in Confederate forces to eject the the Union forces from southern soil. Item Citation: From folder … Continue reading

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2 June 1861: “When I penned my last entry in March, we did not think we would have war, but we are mistaken.”

Item description:  Jesse Bernard recounts the state of the nation as it headed for war. He views war as increasingly inevitable. Item citation: From folder 3 in the Overton and Jesse Bernard Diaries #62-z, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of … Continue reading

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