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26 October 1864: “Have you been down the factory to see the prisoners?”

  Item Description: A letter from John Henderson while he was at the University of North Carolina to his young siblings. He went on to become a member of Congress.   Item Citation: From Folder 36, in the John S. … Continue reading

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7 June 1863: “L is for Lincoln, – Ah! woe to his crown / For Cotton, King Cotton is trampling him down…”

Item Description: Poem, dated 7 June 1863, from the John S. Henderson Papers.  The unidentified author assigns a trait or subject relating to the Confederacy to each letter of the alphabet.    Item citation: From folder 34 of the John S. … Continue reading

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4 May 1863: ” [Commencement] came off without much excitement, eight graduates; the number in peace time was between eighty & ninety.”

Item description:  Letter, May 4, 1863 from John Steele Henderson to his mother.  Henderson describes the significant loss of UNC’s student body due to the war.  While he shares his experience speaking at Commencement, Henderson express more concern with securing a pair of shoes. … Continue reading

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14 August 1861: “There are only three boys in the Senior class, four in the Junior, four in the Sophomore and eleven in the Freshman’s class.”

Item description:  Prior to enrolling in the University of North Carolina, John Steele Henderson attended a preparatory school near Melville, N.C. The school was run by Dr. Alexander Wilson. In this letter home to his mother, dated 14 August 1861, … Continue reading

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