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12 December 1863: “Negro property is looked on as almost valueless in the situation. Negro men are being sold in market for 100 gallons of brandy.”

Item description: Entry, dated 12 December 1863, from the diary of David Schenck. More about David Schenck: David Schenck (1835-1902), son of a doctor and apothecary of Lincolnton, N.C., attended Judge Fearson’s Law School in Rockford, N.C., and received his … Continue reading

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4 October 1863: “The revival in our Brigade is still going on and there are a good many converts every day and almost everybody is becoming serious.”

Item description: In this letter, 4 October 1863, James Augustus Graham, an officer in Company G (Orange Guards), 27th North Carolina Infantry Regiment, wrote home to his mother, updating her on his travel back to camp near Gordonsville, Va. He … Continue reading

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5 September 1863: “I bought the reader at the time she wrote but could not find the other books. I have since found it and it is the only one to be found in Richmond”

Item description: Letter, 5 September 1863, from William Henry Joyner Jr., to his mother Julia Joyner. William writes from Richmond and describes the availability of various goods in the city, noting especially the high price of books. Item Citation: From folder 13 … Continue reading

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5 June 1863: “I think that if I was a lawyer I would argue that extortioners are beyond the law, not entitled to its protections, and every one has a right to help himself from their possessions.”

Item description: Letter, 5 June 1863, from Lafayette McLaws to his brother William Raymond McLaws (1819-1880). Item citation: From folder 7 in the Lafayette McLaws Papers, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Item transcription: Raccoon Ford on … Continue reading

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3 April 1863: “The house servant that you wanted to buy, when down, I have not seen one that is for sale that I thought would suit.”

Item description: Note, 3 April 1863, to Ann McNeely of Salisbury, N.C., from W.T. Gilmore about the sale of cotton and the purchase of a house servant. Item citation: From folder 6 of the Macay and McNeely Family Papers #447, Southern … Continue reading

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8 March 1863: “you wish to no how i got out of coming to the armey i was over age the call was from 18 to 40″

Item description: Letter, 8 March 1863, to Edwin Keiger in Kinston, N.C., from Joseph Boles in Raleigh, N.C.The letter describes the inflated prices for food, horses, and other goods during the Civil War. Included is discussion of why Boles was not … Continue reading

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11 December 1861: AN ORDINANCE FOR SUPPRESSING OPPRESSIVE SPECULATION UPON THE PRESENT NECESSITIES OF THE PEOPLE

Item description: An ordinance by North Carolina’s Secession Convention prohibiting speculation on “corn or other grain growing in the fields, or any other corn or grain, pork, or beef, either fish, salted or smoked, cheese, fish, coffee, sugar, tea, salt, … Continue reading

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8 December 1861: “Evey Man Woman & Child would sign a petition to that effect. Except the distillers.”

Item description: Letter from George A. McManners to William A. Graham. McManners urged Governor Graham to take up the question of whiskey taxation at the convention to prevent corn speculation and to protect his political standing with the people of … Continue reading

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