Tag Archives: North Carolina

18 December 1864: “I want to fight the Yankees with our gun boat but they is aferd to come in shooting distance”

Item Description: Letter from Jerome Riggins to Martin Moser about conditions near Kinston NC, including Union reluctance to engage with the Confederate “gun boat.” The boat referred to is likely the CSS Neuse, which sunk in March 1865 when the crew … Continue reading

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5 December 1864: “Stuck on the Bar, was fired on, when the crew abandoned her.”

Item Description: The DeRosset family lived in Wilmington, NC during the Civil War and many of the family’s men were in the confederate army and navy. Much of the letters in the collection deal with the blockade, refugees, and the health of … Continue reading

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27 November 1864: “This extra issue of vegetable coming at this particular time may lead the troops to believe that it was made in consequence of the late mutiny…”

Item Description: Letter, dated 27 November 1864, from Maj. R.S. Gage (commissary officer in Clingman’s Brigade) to Col. Hector McKeithan. In the letter, Gage explains that he has distributed extra vegetables (“one and a half pounds of turnips and about … Continue reading

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22 November 1864: “The yankees passed last week, but did not trouble anything.”

Item Description: A letter from Mary Forbes to Julia Joyner. Mrs. Joyner directed affairs on the family plantation while her husband and son’s were in the war. Mary inquires after acquaintances and family members in this letter and mentions an encounter with … Continue reading

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12 November 1864: “The Yankees is not doing at Plymouth as yet only taking Brandy and getting drunk”

Item Description: Letter written by John Blekepon to William S. Pettigrew in response to Pettigrew’s letter on November 5th.  In the letter he discusses sending Pettigrew’s belongings, Union activity in Plymouth, NC, and Pettigrew’s personal health. Item Citation: Folder 270 … Continue reading

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6 November 1864: “We wold blo it up before thay shood have it.”

Item Description: Letter from Jerome Rigins, a sailor in the Confederate Navy, to Martin Moser.  He discusses how Union troops have taken Plymouth and will likely take Kinston.  If Kinston were to fall, they would destroy their ship (believed to … Continue reading

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31 October 1864: “After Ram had been sunk.”

Item Description:  A photograph of a sketch of the naval attack at Plymouth, N.C. on 31 October 1864. Inscription on the back describes the moment the sketch depicts.  Item Citation: From Unit 3, in the Confederate Papers #172, Southern Historical Collection, The … Continue reading

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22 October 1864: Orders for Blockaders off the Eastern & Western Bars

Item Description: A broadside containing General Orders for the operation of blockaders off the Eastern and Western Bars in North Carolina. The orders explain how the blockade operated and communicated via light signals and whistles. They also outlined procedures for … Continue reading

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21 September 1864: “My sleeping quarters will not be quite as comfortable”

Item Description: James Gifford writes to his parents about his journey home to them in New Bedford, Massachusetts . He was a Naval officer stationed off the coast of North Carolina. Citation: Folder 3, in the James Gifford Papers #4493-z, Southern … Continue reading

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18 September 1864: “I believe a great many have left our Country for the North lately. I heard forty left Goldsboro last week.”

Item description: Letter, dated 18 September 1864, from Kate Chapman to Mary Ferrand Henderson of Salisbury, N.C. Item citation: From folder 36 in the John Steele Henderson Papers, #327, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at … Continue reading

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