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23 August 1864:

Item description: Letter from William Martin. Martin’s letter of 23 August 1864 stated that he was entrenched near Petersburg, Va. He also related that Benjamin Brown had been wounded in the hand. The same letter comments on short rations and … Continue reading

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21 June 1864: “. . . the hardest fighting of the war may yet be looked for within sight and sound of the Cockade City.”

Item Description: “Petersburg” (editorial), The Daily Journal (Wilmington, N. C.), 21 June 1864. Transcription: Petersburg. It may be that while we write shot and shell are busy around the devoted city of Petersburg, for Grant has commenced a new campaign … Continue reading

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6 October 1862: “as fair as I no our side has nothing to brag of our men is out of hart”

Item description: Letter, 6 October 1862, from Confederate soldier Eli Fogleman to his wife, Lucy B. Staley. Fogleman enlisted in Company K, 5th Regiment North Carolina Cavalry, C.S.A., in Guilford County, N.C. On 4 May 1863, Fogleman was taken prisoner … Continue reading

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13 August 1862: “all the counties in the eastern part of the state bordering on the lines of the enemy are required to furnish at once one fourth of the able bodied slave laborers within their limits…”

Item description: Notice, dated 13 August 1862, ordering North Carolina slaveholders to furnish slave labor for the construction of Confederate fortifications around Richmond and Petersburg, Va. Item citation: From folder 2 of the T. L. Clingman Papers, #157, Southern Historical … Continue reading

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11 July 1862: “…I will certainly write if I am wounded or have it arranged so that you can hear if anything worse befalls me.”

Item description: Letter, 11 July 1862, from James Augustus Graham, Company G (Orange Guards), 27th North Carolina Infantry Regiment, to his mother, Mrs. William Alexander Graham in Hillsborough, N.C. Graham wrote from camp in Prince George County, near Petersburg, Va., reporting … Continue reading

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5 September 1861: “the [American] Hotel being crowded the Landlord gave me to understand that we would accommodate him very much if Mr. Moore and myself would take one Bed and give up the balance of the room for other company.”

Item description: Rev. Overton Bernard recounts his traveling experience to Richmond, Virginia. As the capital of the Confederacy, Richmond’s population swelled to record numbers during the war. Overton Bernard kept this diary while serving aas a bank employee in Portsmouth, … Continue reading

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