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3 January 1864: “Tha have cut our rashions down to a quarter of a pound of bacon and one pound of flower…”

Item description: Letter, dated 3 January 1863, from Jesse Miller to William and Mary Proffit of Wilkes County, NC.  He describes sickness, cold weather, and food rations in his camp. [transcription available below images] Item citation: From folder 4 in … Continue reading

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8 October 1863: “We have been cooking three days rations to day in order for a march but to what place I am unable to say as news is scarce and my hand is quite nervous.”

Item Description: Letters, dated 8 October 1863, the first from Andrew J. Proffit to his father, William Proffit of Wilkes County, NC; the second, from Phillip Walsh to his father and mother. In the first, Andrew describes a severe fever … Continue reading

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8 May 1863: “I have just passed through another of the bloodiest battles of the war.”

Item Description:  Letter, dated 8 May 1863, from Corporal William H. Proffit to his parents.  In this letter Cpl. Proffit provides some details of the the bloody battle on the Rappahannock River, as well as gives an account of the … Continue reading

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28 March 1863: “I drop you a few lines to give you the sad news that brother Calvin is dead.”

Item Description: Letter, dated 28 March 1863, from Corporal William H. Proffit during his service in the Wilkes Valley Guards (Company B, 1st North Carolina Regiment).  In this letter Cpl. Proffit informs his family of the death of his brother, … Continue reading

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22 September 1862: “We lay all day next day behind a fense exposed to their sharp shooters & A.W. Dunkin was shot through the thigh.”

Item description: Letter, 22 September 1862, from Andrew J. Proffit, private in Company D, 18th Regiment N.C. Troops to his parents in Lewis Fork, Wilkes County, N.C. Andrew J. Proffit and his brother Alfred were conscripted into the Confederate Army … Continue reading

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11 June 1862: “The most intelligent men with whom I have conversed lately express the belief that the war will continue but a few more months.”

Item description: Letter, 11 June 1862, from Private William H. Proffit, Company B, 1st Regiment N.C. State Troops, to his brother Calvin L. Proffit, Wilkes County, North Carolina.   Item citation: From folder 1 of the Proffit Family Letters, #3408-z, … Continue reading

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