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5 November 1864: “these will be but little security to any thing below the Wilmington”

Item Description: Letter dated 5 November 1864 written by William S. Pettigrew. He writes regarding the charge of his baggage, will, and other personal belongings. His worry over the possibility of a Wilmington invasion informs his instructions. Item Citation: Folder … Continue reading

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18 December 1863: “…you will in a short time receive the settlement of your brother’s affairs…”

Item description: Letter, dated 18 December 1863, from James J. Iredell to William S. Pettigrew.  The letter discusses arrangements relating to the financial accounts of Pettigrew’s late brother, James Johnston Pettigrew, specifically his pay from the Confederate army, and conditions … Continue reading

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13 December 1862: “…ought not this provision to be made, looking forward to the possibility that the Abolitionists may get possession of our Capitol?”

Item description: Letter, 13 December 1862, from Judge Robert Reed Heath, Raleigh, N.C., to William A. Graham. In the letter, Heath discusses, at length, the matter of judges’ salaries and also gives his opinion that the North Carolina Legislature ought … Continue reading

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8 November 1862: “I would like to know whether a man that volunteers and receives Bounty, and hires a substitute will have to pay back this bounty or not.”

Item description: Letter, 8 November 1862, from L.H. Mewborn to William A. Graham. Mewborn asks Graham for advice on a legal matter, namely whether or not he will have to repay the Confederate government the bounty pay he received for enlisting, … Continue reading

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8 October 1862: “you are therefore commanded to take the boddy of the said negro slave Lee and cause him to appear before me or some other Justice of the Peace…”

Item description: Two warrants, executed by Felix Johnson, a justice of the peace for Surry County, N.C., for the arrest of slaves accused of stealing leather from a tannery. The warrants are annotated to indicate the judgment and punishment that … Continue reading

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31 May 1862: “That fifteen lashes be inflicted upon any colored man or woman, who, for the sake of convenience, and unaccompanied by any white person, may walk on forbidden ground…”

Item description: At the 31 May 1862 meeting of the Philanthropic Society, a committee recommended passage of the following law: “That fifteen lashes be inflicted upon any colored man or woman, who, for the sake of convenience, and unaccompanied by … Continue reading

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