Tag Archives: mail

3 June 1864: “a circumstance which can hardly be looked upon as a positive loss . . .”

Item: Transcription: THE DAILY JOURNAL. CONFEDERATE STATES OF AMERICA. WILMINGTON, N. C., FRIDAY, JUNE 3, 1864. FOR some reason we are for two days without mails from Richmond, our latest letter or newspaper dates from that city not coming down … Continue reading

Posted in North Carolina Collection | Tagged , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

23 April 1864: “…it was heartrending to listen to their piteous appeals for mercy and soliciting interference on their behalf.”

Item description: Letter, dated 23 April 1864, from Bryan Grimes to his wife, Charlotte Emily Bryan.  Grimes describes challenges with the Confederate mail system and the necessity of the death penalty for deserters. [transcription available below images] Item citation: From … Continue reading

Posted in Southern Historical Collection | Tagged , , | Comments Off

17 August 1863: “I can’t learn any thing about the chance of my getting home soon, but think we had better not build our hopes that way for the present.”

Item Description: Letter dated 17 August, 1863 from Benjamin F. Little (Frank) to his wife, Mary, from Gettysburg General Hospital in PA. Little had earlier lost his arm (see July 9). Little gives detailed instructions regarding mail between the U.S.A and … Continue reading

Posted in Southern Historical Collection | Tagged , , | Comments Off

10 August 1863: “…send it via ‘Flag of Truce.'”

Item description: Letter dated 10 August 1863, from Benjamin Franklin Little to his wife, Mary Jane Reid, written from the General Hospital in Gettysburg.  Little describes himself as being in “captivity” and recovering from a wound to the arm, and … Continue reading

Posted in Southern Historical Collection | Tagged , , , , , | Comments Off

28 October 1861:”Since the commencement of the war of the Yankees and abolitionists on the Southern people, I have not been able to hear from you…”

Item description: Letter, 28 October 1861, from Joseph Bird, in Shanghai, China, to his sister, possibly in Bertie County, N.C. Bird was a United States Navy officer on a ship, believed to be the U.S.S. Saginaw. In the letter, Bird … Continue reading

Posted in Southern Historical Collection | Tagged , , , , | 1 Comment