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5 December 1863: “… the Rebels it appears have Smelt a rat and have all Skedadeled moving up towards Verginia…”

Item description: Letter, dated 5 December 1863, from Chauncey B. Welton to his parents.  He describes troop movements in eastern North Carolina near Greenville and mentions having gotten through “the Siege” all right. [item transcription available below images] Item citation: … Continue reading

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27 November 1863: “We have enough from the hire of hands to live comfortably upon & surely never did people meet kinder friends than we have done.”

Item description: Letter, dated 27 November 1863, from Frances Devereux Polk at Asheville, N.C., to Harriett [last name unknown], in which there is a description of family events of the previous year, including their removal to Asheville. Item citation: From folder 4 … Continue reading

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10 November 1863: Union general Benjamin F. Butler assumes command of the Department of Virginia and North Carolina

Item Description: Envelope (ca. 1860s?) showing a map of eastern North Carolina and southeastern Virginia, and a portrait of General Benjamin F. Butler, U. S. Army. On November 10, 1863, General Butler assumed command of the Department of Virginia and … Continue reading

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26 October 1863: “The plan was to make me responsible for Polk’s supposed delinquency & give Pemberton the Corps. Polk’s manliness and P’s sense of propriety defeated the scheme.”

Item Description: “The following interesting letter, descriptive of the quarrels in the Confederate States’ Army, is printed from the original letter, now before us. We are indebted for it to our friend, Captain C. W. Elwell, of New York City.–Ed. … Continue reading

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18 October 1863: “the Virginians seem to be utterly indifferent, and continue to monopolize the foremost places & the pretty girls of this command with quiet and aggravating assurance.”

Item Description: Letter, 18 October 1863, from Benjamin Lewis Blackford to his father, William Matthews Blackford, describing life at his camp near Wilmington, NC. Benjamin Lewis Blackford was born 5 August 1835, and as a child, was called “Benny.” At some point, … Continue reading

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5 October 1863: “I am outdone with these people, the soldiers are spiritless & cowed, ready to revolt at hardships which our troops laugh at, and looking forward to the time when they can be taken prisoners.”

Item Description: Letter, 5 October 1863, from Benjamin Lewis Blackford to his mother Mary, discussing his transfer from Virginia to Wilmington and Wrightsville Beach, his opinions of North Carolina and its citizens, his living conditions in Wilmington, a young girl he … Continue reading

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27 September 1863: “It would be almost unspeakable joy to me to know that peace was made and I could return home again…”

Item Description:  Letter dated 27 September 1863, from John Fuller Coghill to his sister Mildred Coghill, describing movements and counter-movements of the 23rd Regiment N.C. troops, as well as his encounter with “Yankee” pickets. Item Citation:  Letter dated 27 September … Continue reading

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17 September 1863: “Our force of wooden vessels in the sounds, necessarily of light draft and lightly armed, will by no means be adequate to contend against the rebel ram and battery…”

Item description: “Letter of the Secretary of the Navy to the Secretary of War requesting that army forces be employed to destroy the Confederate ram building on the Roanoke River.” In this letter, the Secretary of the Navy (U.S.), Gideon … Continue reading

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11 September 1863: “For mens passions when once aroused to such heights as these are seldom appeased without bloodshed and revenge.”

Item Description: Diary entry of 11 September 1863.  David Schenk writes of dissension, disloyalty, and “Civil War” within North Carolina.  He described a small revolt north of Statesville, the “Tories” of Raleigh, and the looming problems in the State’s Western … Continue reading

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3 September 1863: “In the Battle of Gettysburg I lost two of my best friends, Conl. Avery & Capt. Burns. I know the loss of your son has been a soar and bitter trial to you, and not only to you, but all your family.”

Item description: Letter, dated 3 September 1863, from John A. McPherson to Isaac Thomas Avery, father of Isaac Erwin Avery, colonel of the 6th North Carolina Infantry Regiment, describing the circumstances surrounding his son’s death at the Battle of Gettysburg. More about … Continue reading

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