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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 May 1863: “In accepting your resignation as Military Governor of North Carolina, I cannot but express my regret that the Government, in this trying hour, should lose the benefit of your able and patriotic service.”

Item description: This letter was written by Edwin M. Stanton, United States Secretary of War, to Edward Stanly, who had served as Military Governor of North Carolina. In it Stanton comments on the “zeal and fidelity” Stanly showed while dealing … Continue reading

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26 April 1863: “…we are in the best quarters we have had since leaving Boston, so we ought not to grumble.”

Item description: Diary entry, dated 26 April 1863, by John J. Wythe, who served in Co. E of the 44th Massachusetts Volunteers. He describes his accommodations (a house on Broad Street) in New Bern, North Carolina, during the Union Army’s … Continue reading

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4 July 1862: “…Battalion line was Formed & Declaration of Independence Read…”

Item description: Newton Wallace, Company I, 27th Massachusetts Infantry, wrote this description of how he spent July 4th, 1862, in his diary. Wallace and his regiment were in occupied North Carolina, camped in tents “on the Old Fair Ground” in … Continue reading

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12 June 1862: “1. When slaves are taken from the possession of their legal masters, by violence offered by armed men and negroes, what redress shall be afforded to the owners and what protection for the future?”

Item description: This letter was written by Edward Stanly, Military Governor of North Carolina, in response to a request for information from Edwin Stanton, United States Secretary of War. In it Stanly asks for guidance on governing the relationships between … Continue reading

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6 June 1862: “…Governor Stanly has not been instructed by the government to prevent the education of children, white or black, in the State of North Carolina.”

Item description: This document, which was ordered to be printed by the United States House of Representatives, is a compilation of documents related to “the authority and action of the Hon. Edward Stanly, military governor of North Carolina.” It includes … Continue reading

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28 May 1862: “‘Of course you are aware,’ said the Governor, ‘that the laws of the State make the opening of such schools a criminal offence.'”

Item description: This transcript, which details a conversation about schools for recently freed slaves in occupied North Carolina between Edward Stanly, Military Governor of North Carolina, and Vincent Colyer, Superintendent of the Poor under Union General Burnside, is extracted from … Continue reading

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16 May 1862: “Ma received a letter from Sister Mary today, written about a month ago, by an ‘underground railroad’ as they term it…”

Item description: Diary entry, 16 May 1862, written during the Union occupation of Murfreesboro, Tenn. More about this item: Kate S. Carney was the daughter of a merchant of Murfreesboro, Tenn. The collection is a Diary (chiefy 1859-1862) of Kate … Continue reading

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15 May 1862: “Three Yanks were passing by trying to get some flowers from over the fence, when Ma went out and gave them some…”

Item description: Diary entry, 15 May 1862, written during the Union occupation of Murfreesboro, Tenn. More about this item: Kate S. Carney was the daughter of a merchant of Murfreesboro, Tenn. The collection is a Diary (chiefy 1859-1862) of Kate … Continue reading

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14 May 1862: “The paper called the Dispatch was surpressed today, suppose the reason was it told the truth too plain.”

Item description: Diary entry, 14 May 1862, describing the Union occupation of Murfreesboro, Tenn., the alleged censorship of a newspaper, care given to two wounded Confederate soldiers, and other news. More about Kate Carney and her Civil War diary: Catherine … Continue reading

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