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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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1 September 1864: “We have lots of fun along the lines.”

Item Description: Letter, 1 September 1864, from Alfred N. Proffit, private in Company D, 18th Regiment N.C. Troops to his sister and cousin. Item Citation: From folder 4 in the Proffit Family Papers, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of … Continue reading

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2 June 1864: “ALL PASSES without exception, that have been given to persons to visit the Banks and fish in the Sounds, are hereby revoked.”

Item description: These are notices that appeared on 2 June 1864 in The Daily Journal of Wilmington, North Carolina. The first notice deals with the passenger lists of ships running the Union blockade, and the second with the revocation of … Continue reading

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27 April 1864: “If elected I will do everything in my power to promote the interests, the honor and the glory of North Carolina, and to secure an honorable peace.”

Item description: This political advertisement by William W. Holden is found in the Hillsborough Recorder published on 27 April 1864. Holden announces his candidacy for governor of North Carolina, promising to “promote the interests, the honor and the glory of … Continue reading

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24 April 1864: “If I could only look in upon you (wherever you are) I could cheer up and not have the blues again tonight. I wonder where you are and what you are doing?”

Item description: Letter, dated 24 April 1864, from Emma Clayton to her husband Thomas L. Clayton More about Thomas and Emma Clayton: Thomas L. Clayton (1834-1905) of Asheville, N.C., was the son of Ephraim Clayton (1804-1892) and Nancy McElroy Clayton (d. … Continue reading

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18 February 1864: Edward Stanly to Charles Sumner

Item description: Letter from Edward Stanly, former Military Governor of occupied North Carolina, to Charles Sumner, a senator from Massachusetts. In the letter, Stanly defends his actions as military governor and asks Sumner to produce “‘some of the acts’ which … Continue reading

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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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23 January 1864: “Colored troops, under General Wild, liberating slaves in North Carolina.”

Item description: Illustration, published in Harper’s Weekly on 23 January 1864, entitled “Colored troops, under General Wild, liberating slaves in North Carolina.” The illustration depicts the liberation of slaves in Camden County, North Carolina. Item citation: From the North Carolina … Continue reading

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11 January 1864: “At daylight this morning a steamer was seen beached and burning one mile west of this inlet.”

Item Description: Report by Rear Admiral Samuel Phillips Lee, United States Navy, to Gideon Welles, Secretary of the Navy, concerning the destruction of the Ranger, a blockade runner, near Lockwoods Folly Inlet, North Carolina. Item Citation: Destruction of blockade-runners. [New … Continue reading

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