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25 August 1861: “I love you with that adoration which a man gives to a lady whom he feels to be greater and better than himself, and my love, as I have frequently told you, is hardly distinguishable from religious feeling.”

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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26 April 1861: “If I have to go to the wars I will never go unless you are first my bride…”

Item description: Love letter from John Halliburton to his fiancee Juliet. At the conclusion of the letter, Halliburton describes the scene at the University of North Carolina as many of the University’s students depart for military service. Item citation: From … Continue reading

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