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30 October 1862: “A map of Port Hudson and its defences”

Item description: Map, dated 30 October 1862, of Port Hudson (La.) and its defences, including a descriptive list of batteries (hand-drawn and colored). More about this map and the Gilmer Maps Collection: This map is part of the Southern Historical … Continue reading

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24 April 1862: “the report is that some of the gun boats have passed the forts, & that there is every probability that the Federals or rather Lincolnites will be able to get up to the city.”

Item description: Letter, dated 24 April 1862, from Frances Devereux Polk to her husband Leonidas Polk, major general in the Army of Mississippi, about the imminent capture of the city of New Orleans. The letter comes a few weeks after … Continue reading

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