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16 May 1863: “one thing I can say I was not in the least scart and filled up my pipe and had a good smoke while the bullets were fling pretty nimbly.”

Item Description: Letter, 16 May 1863, from George Washington Baker to his sister describing the Battle of Chancellorsville. Baker hailed from Washington County, N.Y., and served with Company K, 123rd New York Volunteers in the Civil War. The collection includes letters … Continue reading

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15 May 1863: “I am sorry to inform you that I unfortunately fell into the hands of the enemy on Sunday the 3rd inst.”

Item description: Letter, 15 May 1863, from Corporal Andrew J. Proffit to his father, William Proffit of Wilkes County, N.C., in which the son described his unsuccessful attempt to protect the North Carolina 18th Regiment’s colors (and himself) from capture … Continue reading

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24 September 1862: “The fight continued all day with heavy loss on both sides.”

Item description: The Weekly Raleigh Register of 24 September 1862 included this update, which is dated 20 September 1862, of action at Harper’s Ferry and the Battle of Antietam (Sharpsburg). Item citation: The Weekly Raleigh Register. 24 September 1862. Raleigh, … Continue reading

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26 July 1862: “…started this morning & marched about 5 miles when the advance surprised a Picket Headquarters & drove them off..”

Item description: Newton Wallace, Company I, 27th Massachusetts Infantry, comments on his company’s movements while in eastern North Carolina, near New Bern. The march was a part of the Union Army’s expedition from New Bern to Trenton and Pollocksville. See … Continue reading

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9 June 1862: “On Duty from 7 AM till 12 1/2 P.M. was pretty busy 162 prisoners of war came in on the cars from Strasbourg”

Item description: Entry from the diary of Newton Wallace, Company I, 27th Massachusetts Volunteers, describing Confederate prisoners of war coming in on a train from “Strasbourg” (presumably, this is Strasburg, Virginia) while on duty in Virginia. Wallace’s entry from 10 … Continue reading

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5 January 1862: “…we are not Barbarians, if we are “Rebels”!

Item description: Letter, 5 January 1862, from Jeremy Francis Gilmer, a Major of Engineers in the Confederate States of America Army, to his wife “Loulie,” Louisa Fredericka Alexander Gilmer. Gilmer wrote of the wintry weather and the relative softness and scratchiness … Continue reading

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20 November 1861: Raising the Black Flag, “Such an event must fill every thoughtful mind with the gloomiest forebodings.”

Item description: newspaper article, “The Black Flag,” Weekly Standard (Raleigh), 20 November 1861, page 1, column 4. Item transcription: The Black Flag. In modern times, the black flag has never been raised, except as the ensign of the pirate—the heartless … Continue reading

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12 November 1861: “Will Lincoln back out or will he not? Upon this depends the future character of this struggle.”

Item description: In this piece from 12 November 1861, the editors of the Wilmington Daily Journal examine which way the current war will unfold. They ask if it will be “confined to the operations of large bodies acting strategically for … Continue reading

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4 October 1861: “He has many admirers & strangers who visit the island, exhibit great eagerness to get a sight of him.”

Item description: Diary entry, 4 October 1861, of Thomas Sparrow, captain of Company A, 7th North Carolina Infantry (“Washington Grays”), written while Sparrow was imprisoned at Governor’s Island, N.Y. The entry continues a thread from the previous day, giving an … Continue reading

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3 October 1861: “An improvement in the treatment of the prisoners at the Castle & the Baltimore political prisoners. Taken out to walk & sun, twice a day.”

Item description: Diary entry, 3 October 1861, of Thomas Sparrow, captain of Company A, 7th North Carolina Infantry (“Washington Grays”), written while Sparrow was imprisoned at Governor’s Island, N.Y. Thomas Sparrow (1819-1884), a native of New Bern and resident of … Continue reading

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