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7 December 1863: “He says nearly all the negroes there would come back to their masters if they were not afraid that they would be whipped and sold.”

Item description: Entry, dated 7 December 1863, in the Samuel A. Agnew Diary. [Transcription available below images] Item citation: From folder 9 of the Samuel A. Agnew Diary #923, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. … Continue reading

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27 November 1863: “We have enough from the hire of hands to live comfortably upon & surely never did people meet kinder friends than we have done.”

Item description: Letter, dated 27 November 1863, from Frances Devereux Polk at Asheville, N.C., to Harriett [last name unknown], in which there is a description of family events of the previous year, including their removal to Asheville. Item citation: From folder 4 … Continue reading

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21 November 1863: “In Buncombe the cavalry are scouring the country gathering up every man they find of conscript age and they have taken some that are beyond the age”

Item description: In this diary entry, dated 21 November 1863, Samuel A. Agnew recorded some of his usual comments on the weather and his doings and also noted the cavalry’s apparent ruthlessness in rounding up conscripts in Buncombe, Miss. Samuel … Continue reading

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2 November 1863: “… some talk as if Ham was a going to attack Corinth but that is mere talk – unadulterated nonsense.”

Item description: Entry, dated 2 November 1863, from the diary of Samuel A. Agnew, an Associate Reformed Presbyterian minister and farmer in northern Mississippi.  He discussed his personal activities and the potential movements of General Bragg and General Rosecrans. [transcription … Continue reading

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6 October 1863: “Becky & Eliza were faithful and the Yankees called Becky “Secesh” because she told them she was not willing to leave her master.”

Item description: Entry, dated 6 October 1863, from the diary of Samuel A. Agnew.  He describes his escape of Union troops plundering his home and their attempts to free his family’s slaves. He also notes the cavalry’s “sweet tooth,” stating … Continue reading

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22 September 1863: “If they are unsuccessful, we must nerve ourselves to face many new trials.”

ITEM DESCRIPTION: editorial, The Daily Journal (Wilmington, N. C.), 22 September 1863, page 2, column 1.  NB. The editorial describes the Battle of Chickamauga, fought 19-20 September 1863. TRANSCRIPTION: THE DAILY JOURNAL. CONFEDERATE STATES OF AMERICA. WILMINGTON, N. C., TUESDAY, SEPT’R. … Continue reading

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5 August 1863: “Isaac, Henry and John were left behind to take their chances. Sarah and Diana ran away, and I suppose are with the Yankees…”

Item Description: Letter, dated 5 August 1863, from William H. Thomson to his son Ruffin Thomson. More about Ruffin Thomson: Thomson was the oldest child and only son of William H. Thomson and Hannah Lavinia Thomson. He studied at the University … Continue reading

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30 July 1863: “When north and south have been sufficiently humbled God will turn away his wrath from us.”

Item Description: A 30 July 1863 letter relates family casualties at Gettysburg (one member dead and another severely wounded) from M.J. Blackwell to his sister-in-law, Margaret Blackwell. [Item transcription below image] Item Citation: From Folder 1 of the Margaret E. Blackwell Papers … Continue reading

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3 June 1863: “Jo took deliberate aim and there was one rebel less to contend against.”

Item description: This letter, dated 3 June 1863, was written by A.J. Withrow to his wife in Iowa. Withrow is a part of the tightening Union ring around Vicksburg, Mississippi, and he describes the pressure being applied to the Confederate … Continue reading

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6 May 1863: “List of Negroes working on the fortifications at Fort Pemberton”

Item description: ”List of Negroes working on the fortifications at Fort Pemberton,” dated 6 May 1863. Fort Pemberton was a Confederate fortification constructed on a narrow strip of land between the Tallahatchie and Yazoo Rivers, near Greenwood, Mississippi. Item citation: From … Continue reading

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