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25 August 1864: “Then ten of Gregory’s men stepped up- and at the command- fired ten balls passing thro his chest- he fell backwards immediately”

Item Description: Letter from Andrew Lucas “Luke” Hunt to Willie.  He writes about the living condition for him and his men in Kentucky.  He also goes into great detail about the execution of a Confederate guerrilla by firing squad.  Andrew … Continue reading

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16 April 1864: “All the big guns in Fort are worked by negroes & belong to the 3rd U.S. Heavy Artillery. They have heard of the massacre at Fort Pillow & are terribly incensed at the rebels & will, no doubt, fight till death, for they know the consequences if taken alive.”

Item description: Letter, 16 April 1864, from Edward W. Allen to his parents.Edward W. Allen of Eau Claire, Wis., was a sergeant and then second lieutenant in Company H of the 16th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry Volunteers, during the Civil War. … Continue reading

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14 April 1864: “There are about 100 Rebel prisoners here, to day they are out under guard (negroes) at work on the Fort.”

Item Description: Letter, written 14 April 1864 from Columbus, Kentucky, Fort Halleck. Edward Allen reports to his parents of a failed attempt of confederates to take the fort and African American union troops guarding Confederate prisoners of war. [Item transcription … Continue reading

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8 January 1864: “Fellow-citizens, I have no ambition other than the redemption of our beautiful State and the independence of our common country.”

Item Description: Announcement, 8 January 1864, detailing a John T. Pickett’s run for a congressional seat in the Confederate States of America. In it, Pickett makes the case for his candidacy. [Item transcription available below image] Item Citation: From Folder … Continue reading

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10 December 1863: “…I have seen the effects of owners quitting their places only to be taken possession of by ‘the government’…”

Item description: Letter, dated 10 December 2013, from Tobias Gibson to  his daughter, Sarah Gibson “Sallie” Humphreys. He tells her that it might be dangerous for her to leave her property; he had been saved from ruin only by being … Continue reading

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22 September 1863: “If they are unsuccessful, we must nerve ourselves to face many new trials.”

ITEM DESCRIPTION: editorial, The Daily Journal (Wilmington, N. C.), 22 September 1863, page 2, column 1.  NB. The editorial describes the Battle of Chickamauga, fought 19-20 September 1863. TRANSCRIPTION: THE DAILY JOURNAL. CONFEDERATE STATES OF AMERICA. WILMINGTON, N. C., TUESDAY, SEPT’R. … 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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10 October 1862: “She is a little fat creature, & only weighs six pounds. her eyes are very dark blue, I think they will be like yours.”

Item description: Letter, 10 October 1862, from Cassie Selden Kirby-Smith to her husband Gen. Edmund Kirby-Smith describing the birth of their daughter, Caroline. At the time of the letter, Kirby-Smith was commanding the Army of East Tennessee in the invasion … Continue reading

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16 September 1862: “The large armies concentrated at Louisville and Cincinatti are held in check, by my advance.”

Item transcription: Letter, 16 September 1862, from Gen. Edmund Kirby-Smith to his wife Cassie Selden Kirby-Smith. At the time of the letter, Kirby-Smith was commanding the Army of East Tennessee in the invasion of Kentucky.  The invasion, led by Kirby-Smith and … Continue reading

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24 August 1862: “My expedition is something like Cortez. I have burnt my ships behind me and thrown myself boldly into the enemy’s country…”

Item description: Letter, dated 24 August 1862, from Gen. Edmund Kirby-Smith to his wife Cassie Selden Kirby-Smith. At the time of the letter, Kirby-Smith was commanding the Army of East Tennessee in the invasion of Kentucky.  The invasion, led by Kirby-Smith … Continue reading

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