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8 December 1864: “the darkest and most gloomy time we have experienced since the war”

Item Description: Letter dated 8 December 1864 to Mary Elizabeth (Lizzie) Garrett Lenoir of East Fork of Pigeon, Haywood County, N.C. Item Citation: Folder 155, Lenoir Family Papers, #426, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel … Continue reading

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12 August 1863: “…no one seems to think of marriage, the times being too hard.”

Item description: Letter, dated 12 August 1863, from Lafayette McLaws to his wife.  In this letter he discusses the various talents of their children and the family on whose farm his division is camped. Item citation: From folder 8, Lafayette … Continue reading

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25 May 1863: “I am glad to see by your let-ter to me that Mr. McKay is a gentleman…”

Item description: Letter, dated 25 May 1863, written by Charles L. Pettigrew to his brother William.  The letter discusses the engagement of their sister Annie to the Reverend Neill McKay and William’s plans to leave the town of Winston for … Continue reading

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25 March 1863: “… I have full permission to marry from Mr. Castin I don’t like to have to beg but when I know it is my own owner from whom I am asking these favors it prompts me to do so…”

Item Description:  Letter, dated 25 March 1863, written by a slave named “Jimmey” working for the DeRosset family in an office in Wilmington, N.C., stating that his owner has given him permission to marry. “Jimmey” is James W. Telfair, Jr. (born … Continue reading

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28 February 1862: “I am often glad I am not married, but methinks there is some thing very fine in having a brave husband to fight in the glorious battles, and come home and tell about them by the fireside.”

Item description: Letter to Ellen Richardson in Ololona, Miss., from her cousin Laura Norwood in Lenoir, N.C. [Transcription available below images.] Item citation: In the Chiliab Smith Howe Papers #3092, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina … Continue reading

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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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