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4 April 1964: “I believe the pickle was appreciated the most.”

Item description: Letter, dated 4 April 1864, from Peter M. Grattan to Mary E, Grattan.  Peter writes from Orange Court House, Va. about picket duty and camp life in general.  He also thanks her for a box of provisions and asks … Continue reading

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28 June 1863: “This campaign is pregnant with great events & how or when or where it will end, is with Gen Lee & our God.”

Item Description: Letter, 28 June 1863, from Second Lieutenant Leonidas L. Polk to his wife. Leonidas La Fayette Polk (1837-1892) of Anson County, N.C., was a planter; editor; merchant; Confederate officer in the 26th and 43rd North Carolina infantry regiments; Democrat and … Continue reading

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30 March 1863: “No charge for the corn am happy to have it in my power to accommodate you”

Item description: Letter, 30 March 1863, from R.C. Pearson, Morganton, N.C., to Thomas Ruffin, Graham, N.C. Item citation: From folder 454 in the Thomas Ruffin Papers #641 in the Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Item transcription: Morganton … Continue reading

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2 February 1863: “We are quartered in the splendid brick mansions of the opulent and luxury-loving citizens of Fredericksburg…”

Item description: Letter, 2 February 1863, from Ruffin Thomson, 18th Mississippi Infantry Regiment, to his “Pa” (William H. Thomson). More about Ruffin Thomson: Ruffin Thomson was the oldest child and only son of William H. Thomson and Hannah Lavinia Thomson. He studied … Continue reading

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7 March 1862: “A great many bodies have been taken up and still the woods are thick with groups of graves with rudely carved boards for tombstones to show where their last remains repose.”

Item description: Letter, 7 March 1862, from Robert Stuart Finley to his fiancee, Mary A. Cabeen. Finley was a member of the 30th Illinois Infantry, a Union regiment engaged in the siege and taking of Fort Donelson on the 13th, … Continue reading

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27 October 1861: “The sins most commonly committed are profaneness & gambling, both of which to a man of nice breeding offer no attraction at all, & are offensive to the taste of a gentleman.”

Item description: Letter, dated 27 October 1861, from Charles Woodward Hutson to his mother. Hutson details articles of clothing and other provisions that he would like sent from home (in order to prepare for the coming winter). He also writes … Continue reading

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1 August 1861: “Oh, Pidge, I do want to see you awfully, but won’t we be happy when Old Lincoln dies & the war is over.”

Item description: Letter, 1 August 1861, from Edward Porter Alexander to his wife Bettie. Alexander updates his wife on his situation in the weeks following the Battle of First Bull Run: he comments further on his promotion, notes the receipt … Continue reading

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