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23 March 1865: “You will dispose your vessels about the sounds to capture all contraband of war going into the enemy’s lines”

Item Description: Order from Rear Admiral David D. Porter, of the U.S. Navy, to Commander W.H. Macomb regarding the seizure of contraband goods from captured Confederate ships. Item Citation: Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War … Continue reading

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22 March 1865: “I have just returned safe & sound from an expedition to Bentonville against Sherman”

Item Description: A letter from Duncan G. Campbell to his wife about the Battle of Bentonville. He mentions capturing commanders, and losses suffered. Item Transcription: From Folder #6, in the Campbell Family Papers #135, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina … Continue reading

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20 March 1865: “Rifle Ball Battle at Bentonville the Last Battle of the War between the States”

Item Description: This object is a wood fragment and rifle ball removed from the Battle of Bentonville. The battle stalled Sherman’s march north toward Raleigh, but eventually Sherman succeeded. The rifle ball is embedded in pine wood, The reverse side the … Continue reading

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19 March 1865: “The services of the named telegraph operators are needed”

Item Description: A letter requesting more telegraph operators from the army. This is an official paper of the Confederate Army. Item Citation: From Unit 9,  in the Confederate Papers #172, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina … Continue reading

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13 March 1865: “I waded through swamps and thickets all day hunting for Clingman’s brigade”

Item Description: This letter is family correspondence between members of Thompson family who lived in North Carolina. It describes the movements of several regiments in North Carolina as well as the suspected location of General Sherman’s army. He also mentions the poor … Continue reading

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12 March 1865: “All communication in the way projected has been stopped at least for the present- we can only communicate by flag of truce”

Item Description: Letter written by John Kimberly to his wife Bettie.  He writes about the lack of communication to and from Chapel Hill and the resulting sadness he feels from being cut off from his family.  He hopes that they … Continue reading

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10 March 1865: “if this want of trains can be ascertained to last two or three days longer there troops would save time by marching to the same parts.”

Item Description: John Marshall Otey was assistant adjutant general under General P. G. T. Beauregard during the Civil War. The collection consists of one letter, 10 March 1865, from E. Willis to Colonel John Marshall Otey (J. M. Otey), discussing … Continue reading

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27 February 1865: “numerous desertions are now occurring among the troops from our State and many of them are going to the enemy.”

Item Description: Letter dated 27 February 1865 signed by the officers of the North Carolina Troops. It brings up concerns about desertions and low morale among members of the army. Item Citation: Folder 212, William A. Graham Papers, #00285, Southern Historical Collection, … Continue reading

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12 February 1865: “The shells were thrown at the fort but when they exploded, the fragments flew in different directions, which caused us to do some tall dodging.”

Item Description:  Letter written by Zaccheus Ellis to his sister.  He discusses the living arrangements at Fort Anderson in North Carolina including the shelling by Union gunboats.  He also mentions fall in morale regarding Wilmington and lack of faith in … Continue reading

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9 February 1865: “…it shall be the duty of the Governor to cause to be enrolled as a Guard for Home Defence, all white male persons not already enrolled in the service of the Confederate States…”

Item Description: A broadside containing General Orders for the operation of the North Carolina Home Guard. The order describes who may be exempted from service and the structure and organization of the units. An additional order from the Fifth Regiment … Continue reading

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