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5 April 1864: “Capt. McCloskey reports the “Falls City” ready for sinking this afternoon…”

Item description: Report, dated 5 April 1864, sent by General Richard Taylor to his superior General Edmund Kirby Smith. The report details Confederate troop strength at this point in the Red River Campaign. [Item transcription available below images.] Item citation: From folder … Continue reading

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14 March 1864: Maps of Fort DeRussy on the Red River, Louisiana

Item description: Maps, dated 1864, from the Jeremy Francis Gilmer Collection depicting Fort DeRussy and the Red River in Louisiana.  Fort DeRussy fell to Union forces during the Red River Campaign on 14 March 1864. Item citation: Fort DeRussy and … Continue reading

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15 February 1864: “Have you thought of making requisitions for cartridge boxes, belts, cap boxes, and bayonet scabbards. The guns will be useless almost without the cartridge and cap boxes at least.”

Item description: Letter, dated 15 February 1864, from Daniel Scully to Col. George Logan.   Item citation: From folder 22 in the George William Logan Papers #1560, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. … Continue reading

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12 January 1864: “It is at present composed of convales-cents from the Hospitals, and of those men who have been arrested for absence without leave and sent to this place.”

Item description: Letter, dated 12 January 1864, from William Robertson Boggs, Brigadier General and Chief of Staff under Edmund Kirby-Smith at the CSA’s Trans-Mississippi Department.  The message, written to Major General Richard Taylor, requests a regiment to replace the department’s … Continue reading

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4 January 1864: “There was a most horrid murder perpetrated in Monroe the other day; Mr. Baker’s little son, only seven years old was riding through town attended by a negro boy when he was shot through the head and instantly killed…”

Item description: Entry, dated 4 January 1864, from the diary of Sarah Lois Wadley, which includes details about the murder of a young boy in Monroe, La., by a Mexican member of a Texas regiment. More about Sarah Lois Wadley: Sarah Lois … 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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10 September 1863: “Carrie is well, has never been sick, is a bright lively, intelligent little child, has four teeth, and begins to talk and walk.”

Item description: Letter, 10 September 1863, from Edmund Kirby Smith to his mother Frances Kirby Smith. More about Edmund Kirby Smith: Edmund Kirby-Smith (1824-1893) was a United States Army officer, Confederate Army general, president of the University of Nashville, and … Continue reading

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26 August 1863: “This is to certify that John Bradley…paid $500 rec’d his Certificate of exception for a year.”

Item description: Court order, written on 25 August 1863 and certified on 26 August 1863, certifying a conscription exemption for a plantation overseer.  The document shows $500 paid for the exemption and is an example of the so-called “Twenty-Slave Law” in … Continue reading

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25 August 1863: “I have no one elce [...] he is the only one that can manage them. if he was taken from them now they would become a nuisance in the county.”

Item description: Letter, 25 August 1863, from Olivia Andrews, St. Joseph, La., to George Logan. Andrews, apparently a widowed plantation mistress, writes Logan to ask for a conscription exemption for her plantation overseer, John L. Dulaney, because she worries that his absence … Continue reading

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13 June 1863: “In regards to discharge of negroes…”

Item description: Letter, 13 June 1863, concerning a slave named Harvey who has not been returned from impressment at Fort Beauregard, La. More about George W. Logan: George William Logan (1828-1896) was born in Charleston, S.C., to George William Logan … Continue reading

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