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23 May 1861: “Carolina’s Sons Are Ready”

Item description: The Daily Journal (Wilmington, NC) publishes a song written for the Wilmington Light Infantry’s anniversary celebration. Item citation: “Carolina’s Sons Are Ready,”The Daily Journal. 23 May 1861. Wilmington, N.C.: Fulton & Price. C071 W74j. North Carolina Collection, Wilson … Continue reading

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8 May 1861: Edmund Walter Jones letter “delighted with my life as a soldier”

Item description: This letter from J.T. Jones to his father Edmund W. Jones (written while J.T. was encamped at Ellis Camp, Raleigh, N.C.), describes mobilization efforts on the home front in Orange County, North Carolina, as well as the early … Continue reading

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5 May 1861: “Women of Virginia, cast from your arms all cowards; and breathe the pure and holy, the high and glowing inspirations of your nature, into the hearts and souls of lover, husband, brother, father! friend!”

Item description: Broadside, Confederate States of America. Army of the Potomac [Call for enlistment of Virginians in the Potomac Military Department]. 5 May, 1861. Item citation: From the Miscellaneous Broadsides #2874-z, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North … 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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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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29 April 1861: “The slavery question is the cause of all this trouble, 8 Southern states have seceded from the Union, if the North and South can’t agree, they had better separate.”

Item description: Entry, dated 29 April 1861, from the diary of Mary Jeffreys Bethell reflecting on war news and commenting on her sons’ enlistment in the Confederate Army. Item citation: From the Mary Jeffreys Bethell Diary #1737-z, Southern Historical Collection, … 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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23 April 1861: “I write this letter to ask and to beg you to let me come home.”

Item description: John Steele Henderson wrote his father with the hopes of being allowed to join the military. As a student at Alexander Wilson’s School in Alamance County, North Carolina, Henderson told of the large numbers of students leaving daily … 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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18 April 1861: “Special cars will always be provided and set apart, and it is requested that the Troops will occupy these alone…”

Item description: General order. North Carolina Railroad Company. Item citation: North Carolina Railroad Company. “General Order.” [Company Shops?, N.C.: The Railroad, 1861]. North Carolina Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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