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12 February 1864: “He has come to take Newberne and he has sent you down here to take this camp and cart off supplies and he expects you will do it.”

Item description: Entry, dated 12 February 1864, in the diary of John L. Swain.  In it he writes about the assembly of Confederate troops under General James G. Martin in Eastern North Carolina with the objective of recapturing cities under … Continue reading

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10 July 1863: Drawing, “Barracks of the 24th Mass., now occupied by the 23rd Mass. Vols., New Berne, N.C., July 10th – 1863,” drawn by Herbert E. Valentine

Item description: Drawing, “Barracks of the 24th Mass., now occupied by the 23rd Mass. Vols., New Berne, N.C., July 10th – 1863,” drawn by Herbert E. Valentine, a private in Company F of the 23rd Massachusetts Volunteers, who served in … Continue reading

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01 June 1863: “instead of belonging to Massa John Brown, they now belong to Massa Uncle Sam”

Item: news article, New York Herald, 1 June 1863, page 5, column 1. Transcription: NEWS FROM NORTH CAROLINA. Progress of the Negro Enlistments. Important Order on the Subject from Major General Foster, &c., &c., &c. Correspondence of Mr. Samuel R. … Continue reading

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26 May 1863: “About five or six miles from Kinston our Brigade formed line of battle and commenced advan-cing on the Yankees…”

Item description: Letter, dated 26 May 1863, from James A. Graham to his mother.  He discusses troop movements and skirmishes with Union troops in the coastal North Carolina area around Kinston and New Bern. Item citation: from folder 2 in … Continue reading

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26 April 1863: “…we are in the best quarters we have had since leaving Boston, so we ought not to grumble.”

Item description: Diary entry, dated 26 April 1863, by John J. Wythe, who served in Co. E of the 44th Massachusetts Volunteers. He describes his accommodations (a house on Broad Street) in New Bern, North Carolina, during the Union Army’s … Continue reading

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29 March 1863: Sketch….showing…..Siege of Washington, NC, March 29 to April 16, 1863

Item: “Sketch showing the position of the attacking and defending forces at the siege of Washington, N.C., March 29 to April 16, 1863″ From: U.S. Congress. Joint Committee on the Conduct of the War. Supplemental report of the Joint Committee on … Continue reading

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21 March 1863: “Her bondage, if such it can be called, sits lightly upon her; but she has no sympathy for rebels…”

Item description: Published letter, dated 21 March 1863, written by Corporal Zenas T. Haines, Company D, 44th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment. The letter is an excerpt from Haines’ account, Letters from the Forty-Fourth Regiment M.V.M.: A Record of the Experience of a Nine … Continue reading

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19 March 1863: “It makes a man feel strong to know that he is all the world to somebody”

Item Description: Letter,19 March 1863, from Charles W. Hill, serving with the 5th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry in New Bern, N.C., to his wife Martha Hill in West Medway, Mass. Letter mentions military movements of his regiment and brigade, dislike of a superior officer’s … Continue reading

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12 March 1863: “The Yankees have erected a small earthwork immediately opposite New Berne at a place called Barrington’s Ferry.”

Item description: Entry, dated 12 March 1863, from the diary of Henry King Burgwyn, Jr. More about Henry King Burgwyn, Jr.: Henry King “Harry” Burgwyn, Jr. (1841-1863), known as “The Boy Colonel,” was the oldest son of Henry King Burgwyn … Continue reading

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19 February 1863: “…you can, cooperating with General Foster’s land force, destroy the rebel ironclads building on the rivers…”

Item description: “Order of Acting Rear-Admiral Lee, U. S. Navy, to Commander Murray, U. S. Navy, to cooperate with land force for the destruction of Confederate ironclads under construction.” To read more from the Official Records of the Union and … Continue reading

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