Tag Archives: North Carolina

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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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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7 July 1863: “Our sky seems to me now to be brighter than it has ever been heretofore.”

Item Description: Letter, 7 July 1863, from James Augustus Graham to his mother located in Hillsborough, N.C. in which Graham describes, among other things, the losses suffered by the Confederates at Gettysburg. [Item transcription available below images.] Item Citation: From Folder … Continue reading

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14 June 1863: “The captain, without hesitation, acknowledged her to be a Confederate vessel and stated his cargo to consist of liquors, medicines, drugs, and provisions, with probably some articles for the rebel Government.”

Item description: “Capture of Confederate steamer Calypso, June 11, 1863. Report of Commander Bankhead, U. S. Navy, commanding U. S. S. Florida.” The report discusses the capture of the Confederate steamer Calypso off the North Carolina coast. The ship was … Continue reading

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12 June 1863: “we have been living entirely on credit, & obliged to remove one daughter from school.”

Item description: Letter, 12 June 1863, from Mary E. Bell to William S. Pettigrew. In the letter, Bell describes her family’s misfortunes and asks for monetary aid from Pettigrew so that she may pay for her daughter’s school fees to … 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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