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4 March 1862: “I desire a position in your company if you, and your men think me worthy of it, either 1st, 2nd, or 3rd Lieutenancy…”

Item description: Letter, 4 March 1862, from John Riggs to John Richardson in which Riggs is seeking a commission as a lieutenant in Richardson’s company (company L of the 41st Mississippi Infantry Regiment). According to service records, it appears that … Continue reading

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2 February 1862: “Dear Sis, I know that you all sympathize with me, and grieve with me, and that you know I would not bring her back if I could.”

Item description: Letter, 2 February 1862, from Laura Williams (1841- 1927), to her sister, Ellen Richardson (1839-1921) in Okolona, Mississippi. In this letter, Laura describes some of her traveling experiences reflects on a recently attended funeral, which reminds her of … Continue reading

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15 October 1861: “they have been threatened with quite a formidable insurrection in Adams County, near Natchez, 40 miles from here. 27 have been hung.”

Item description: Letter, 15 October 1861, from Sophia Hughes Hunt, of Woodville, Mississippi, to her sister, Jennie Hughes, of Cedar Grove, South Carolina. The letter describes the efforts of relief societies to provide warm winter clothing for Confederate soldiers, mentions … Continue reading

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3 May 1861: “…their voices grew fainter & fainter as they rounded the bend in the river…”

Item description: Diary entry, 3 May 1861, describing troop mobilization in and around Yazoo City, Miss., family news, the fate of Soule College in New Orleans, and the writer’s fears of the impending war. Item citation: From the Kate S. … Continue reading

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