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7 April 1863: “I woald be glad for the ware to come to eand and we cold cone home.”

Item description: Letter, dated 7 April 1863, from William Sprinkle, located near Fredericksburg, to Thomas Poindexter.  This letter is part of a collection of material that was owned by John R. Peacock and transferred to the Southern Historical Collection in the … Continue reading

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8 November 1862: “I would like to know whether a man that volunteers and receives Bounty, and hires a substitute will have to pay back this bounty or not.”

Item description: Letter, 8 November 1862, from L.H. Mewborn to William A. Graham. Mewborn asks Graham for advice on a legal matter, namely whether or not he will have to repay the Confederate government the bounty pay he received for enlisting, … Continue reading

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14 February 1862: It seems that on Monday the enemy got possession of Elizabeth City. Henningsen was there & retreated – When last heard from he was at Newby’s Bridge & probably escaped to Suffolk or some point on the Rail Road to Norfolk.

Item description: Entry, 14 February 1862, from the diary of Thomas Bragg (Attorney General of the Confederate States of America, 1861-1863), written in Richmond, Va. Bragg comments on the capture of Elizabeth City, military affairs, diplomacy, and the burden felt … Continue reading

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30 January 1862: “WHEREAS, It is of great importance to manufacture Salt in the interior of this State…”

Item description: Salt continued to be of great importance to the North Carolina Secession Convention as evidenced by this ordinance. In it, the convention exempts the owners and operators of “The Chatham Salt Mining and Manufacturing Company” from militia service, … Continue reading

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12 December 1861: “…the militia of this State shall not be required to assemble for the purpose of drill and muster, more than once in each month, except for battalion or regimental muster.”

Item description: North Carolina’s Secession Convention passed this ordinance to regulate how often local militias could be drilled or mustered. Item transcription: [No. 18.] AN ORDINANCE TO REGULATE MILITIA MUSTER. To assemble once a month. Be it ordained by this … Continue reading

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19 November 1861: “the result of these elections shows an improved condition among our people for we are to remember that half of the voting population of our country is absent in their country’s defence…”

Item description: Letter, 19 November 1861, from Hardy Hardison, Scuppernong, N.C., to William S. Pettigrew, Raleigh, N.C.  In the letter, Hardison, a local physician, alludes to the controversy surrounding the election of militia officers in Washington County in late 1861. … Continue reading

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30 April 1861: Articles from The Daily Journal (Wilmington, North Carolina)

Item description: A selection of articles from The Daily Journal (Wilmington, North Carolina) for 30 April 1861. Topics include: the sale of a slave family; reaction to secession from merchants in New York; packages and mail sent to soldiers; discord … Continue reading

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24 April 1861: Articles from the The Hillsborough Recorder

Item description: A selection of articles from The Hillsborough Recorder (Hillsborough, North Carolina) for 24 April 1861. Topics discussed are: the editor’s position on secession, the Fayetteville Arsenal, the Orange Greys, and militia law. Item citation: The Hillsborough Recorder. 24 … Continue reading

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19 April 1861: Articles from The Daily Journal (Wilmington, North Carolina)

Item description: A selection of articles from The Daily Journal (Wilmington, North Carolina) for 19 April 1861. Topics discussed are: laborers wanted for work at Fort Caswell, mobilization of troops, a report of a song that was performed in Montgomery, … Continue reading

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