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7 January 1862: “The world is inclined to be against us on the negro question, and this is operating most unfavorably for our struggle for independence.”

Item description: Letter, 7 January 1862, from Jeremy Francis Gilmer, an engineer with the Confederate Army, to his wife, Louisa Fredericka Alexander Gilmer. Gilmer wrote of how he missed “Loulie” and their children, of New Years day and its dissimilarity … Continue reading

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5 January 1862: “…we are not Barbarians, if we are “Rebels”!

Item description: Letter, 5 January 1862, from Jeremy Francis Gilmer, a Major of Engineers in the Confederate States of America Army, to his wife “Loulie,” Louisa Fredericka Alexander Gilmer. Gilmer wrote of the wintry weather and the relative softness and scratchiness … Continue reading

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18 November 1861: “We are gradually becoming independent of the rest of the world for the supply of such military stores”

Item description: President’s message: to the Congress of the Confederate States, written from Richmond on November 18, 1861. Davis gives a general overview of the current state of the war, comments on the neutrality of Kentucky, the current state of communication … Continue reading

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26 September 1861: “Kentucky is in a worse condition than poor Missouri. Many of her best citizens have been incarcerated & her fair fields will soon run red with her children’s blood.”

Item description: Letter, 26 September 1861, from Given Campbell to his wife “Bettie” describing the situation in Kentucky. Given Campbell was born in Salem, Ky., on 31 December 1835. He studied law at the University of Virginia and, upon graduation, … Continue reading

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24 September 1861: “Near five months have now passed since we left home. Seven still intervene and I hope will pass as rapidly as the two last.”

Item description: Letter from Nathaniel Henry Rhodes Dawson (1829-1895) to his fiancee Elodie Todd (1844-1881). Nathaniel Henry Rhodes Dawson was a Selma, Ala., lawyer and politician, Confederate officer in the 4th Alabama Infantry Regiment, and United States commissioner of education. … Continue reading

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9 September 1861: “I am afraid that the South part of Ky. is avowed to taste of the bitter civil war first.”

Item description: Given Campbell was born in Salem, Ky., on 31 December 1835. He studied law at the University of Virginia and, upon graduation, took up practice in Saint Louis, Mo. At the outbreak of the Civil War, he returned … Continue reading

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10 August 1861: “[Kentucky] has elected a large majority of Union men to her legislature…”

Item description: Letter of 10 August 1861 from Given Campbell to his wife Bettie describing the political divisions in Kentucky at the outset of the Civil War, particularly the news surrounding the August 1861 elections for Kentucky’s state legislature. Item … Continue reading

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16 July 1861: “If that be true, I should be glad to hear some reasons assigned by gentlemen showing the power of the Congress of the United States, by joint resolution, to cure a breach of the Constitution or to indemnify the President against violations of the Constitution and the laws.”

Item description: Speech made by John C. Breckinridge, of Kentucky, in the United States Senate on 16 July 1861, later published in this volume. Breckinridge served as Vice President under James Buchanan and, later, as United States senator from Kentucky, … Continue reading

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