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28 March 1864: “…he knows of no disease so prostrating as diptheria & that in such a severe attack as Johnnie’s has been it takes weeks and sometimes months to recover entirely…”

Item description: Letter, dated 28 March 1864, from Annie Schon in Atlanta, GA to her sister Bettie Kimberly in Chapel Hill, NC.  Annie describes her husband John and son Johnnie’s diagnosis with diphtheria and their subsequent treatment and recoveries. [transcription … Continue reading

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26 December 1863: “IV. Which is the most approved mode of treating uncomplicated Gun Shot Wounds?”

Item description: A circular, dated 26 December 1863, from the Association of Army and Navy Surgeons [Confederate] seeking information on how to deal with aneurysms, hemorrhages, and gunshot wounds. Item transcription: Association of Army and Navy Surgeons, Richmond, Dec. 26, … Continue reading

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13 August 1863: “…desertion is rife the men regard their money as worthless & the government is unable to remedy the evil.”

Item description: Letter, dated 13 August 1863, from Joseph Norwood to his brother in law, Walter Lenoir. The writer discusses wounded and missing friends, the sale of land, the inflation of money, and desertion among Confederate soldiers. [transcription available below … Continue reading

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