Tag Archives: Kinston

6 November 1864: “We wold blo it up before thay shood have it.”

Item Description: Letter from Jerome Rigins, a sailor in the Confederate Navy, to Martin Moser.  He discusses how Union troops have taken Plymouth and will likely take Kinston.  If Kinston were to fall, they would destroy their ship (believed to … Continue reading

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26 May 1863: “About five or six miles from Kinston our Brigade formed line of battle and commenced advan-cing on the Yankees…”

Item description: Letter, dated 26 May 1863, from James A. Graham to his mother.  He discusses troop movements and skirmishes with Union troops in the coastal North Carolina area around Kinston and New Bern. Item citation: from folder 2 in … Continue reading

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17 March 1863: “I have a frail good for nothing body, but I have more heart for the work than some of these big fellows…”

Item description: Letter, 17 March 1863, from D.H. Hill to James Longstreet, Goldsboro, N.C., requesting Ransom’s brigade or another be ordered to Goldsboro to help fortify Kinston, N.C., while other brigades moved on Greenville, N.C. Item citation: From the D. … Continue reading

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8 March 1863: “you wish to no how i got out of coming to the armey i was over age the call was from 18 to 40″

Item description: Letter, 8 March 1863, to Edwin Keiger in Kinston, N.C., from Joseph Boles in Raleigh, N.C.The letter describes the inflated prices for food, horses, and other goods during the Civil War. Included is discussion of why Boles was not … Continue reading

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14 December 1862: Program for a reunion of the Forty-fifth Massachusetts Regiment, held on 14 December 1887 in Boston, Mass.

Item description: Program for a reunion of the Forty-fifth Massachusetts Regiment, held on 14 December 1887 in Boston, Mass., on the 25th Anniversary of the Battle of Kinston (N.C.) (fought on 14 December 1862).   Item citation: “Twenty-fifth anniversary of the Battle of Kinston, … Continue reading

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17 November 1862: “No Sentimental Journey”

Item Description: “No Sentimental Journey,” The New York Herald, 17 November 1862, page 1, column 3. Item Note: The writer refers to Kinston, N.C. as “Kingston.” Transcription: INTERESTING FROM NORTH CAROLINA. Adventures of One of Our Correspondents. NO SENTIMENTAL JOURNEY. … Continue reading

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30 March 1862: “My unwavering confidence has only been in the final result, not in the intermediate steps which will lead to it. We may have yet enough of the same sort to endure to bring us to the verge of the precipice…”

Item description: Letter from Walter Waightstill Lenoir, written to one of his brothers. Item citation: In the Lenoir Family Papers #426, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Item transcription: Five miles East of Kinston, … Continue reading

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