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28 January 1863: “Well, Judge, if they are our enemies we will have to admit they have fine music…”

Item description: Letter, 28 January 1863, Annie Maney Schon, Atlanta, Ga., to her sister, Bettie Maney Kimberly, Chapel Hill, N.C. (replying to Bettie’s letter of 18 January). Item citation: From the John Kimberly Papers #398, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North … Continue reading

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25 February 1862: “Lord look in mercy upon us in these sad reverses, brought about by our own negligence…”

Item Description: In this diary entry, Rev. Overton Bernard points to the disparities in sheer numbers between Union and Confederate troops. Entreating God’s protection over the Confederacy, he implies the Confederate losses emerged as a result of sinful behavior. Overton Bernard kept his … Continue reading

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7 January 1862: “The world is inclined to be against us on the negro question, and this is operating most unfavorably for our struggle for independence.”

Item description: Letter, 7 January 1862, from Jeremy Francis Gilmer, an engineer with the Confederate Army, to his wife, Louisa Fredericka Alexander Gilmer. Gilmer wrote of how he missed “Loulie” and their children, of New Years day and its dissimilarity … Continue reading

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11 August 1861: “With some pains and a few good whippings he would make a valuable servant.”

Item description: Letter from John Kimberly, Chapel Hill, N.C., to his wife Bettie, in Nashville, Tenn.  Kimberly reports on household matters, such as the note, “I am having shelves made for my old wardrobe to use for a cupboard.” He … Continue reading

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28 July 1861: “My heart exults over the victory at Manassas.”

Item description: Letter from John Kimberly, Chapel Hill, N.C., to his wife Bettie in Nashville, Tenn. John Kimberly was a professor of chemistry and agriculture at the University of North Carolina, 1857-1864 and 1875-1876. It is unclear why Bettie Kimberly … Continue reading

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12 May 1861: “I am going with him…I will be as safe as at home and far better satisfied…”

Item description: Letter, 12 May 1861, from Annie Maney of Nashville, Tenn., to her sister Bettie Kimberly in Chapel Hill, N.C., regarding the possible postponement of Maney’s wedding to John Schon, due to Schon’s impending enlistment in the Confederate Army. … Continue reading

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