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8 November 1863: “I am afflicted with the scurvy, chronic diarrhœa and fever. These are the prevailing diseases here…”

Item description: Entry from a diary kept by Willard W. Glazier, who enlisted as a private in the “2nd Regiment of N. Y. Cavalry (Harris Light)” early in the war. He was captured by soldiers of the Confederate Army on … Continue reading

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18 June 1863: “. . . dismissed, probably forever.”

Item description: Brief entry, dated 18 June 1863, from Leaves from a Diary Written While Serving in Co. E, 44 Mass., Dep’t of No. Carolina, an account, written by John Jasper Wyeth of Co. E, of the experiences of the 44th Massachusetts … Continue reading

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26 April 1863: “…we are in the best quarters we have had since leaving Boston, so we ought not to grumble.”

Item description: Diary entry, dated 26 April 1863, by John J. Wythe, who served in Co. E of the 44th Massachusetts Volunteers. He describes his accommodations (a house on Broad Street) in New Bern, North Carolina, during the Union Army’s … Continue reading

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3 March 1863: “Reach Chapel Hill, N. C., sick and tired but find family well.”

Item description: Entry, dated 3 March 1863, from the diary of Alexander Davis Betts, D.D. This very brief diary entry mentions Betts’ return to his home in Chapel Hill, N.C. The diary was later published as, Experience of a Confederate Chaplain, … Continue reading

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27 November 1862: “Thanksgiving was a great day in the barracks and a fine day outside, except for those who are on guard.”

Item description: Portions of Leaves from a Diary Written While Serving in Co. E, 44 Mass., Dep’t of No. Carolina, an account, written by John Jasper Wyeth of Co. E, of the experiences of the 44th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment (published in 1878). … Continue reading

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26 October 1862: “Most all of us came to the conclusion that North Carolina was a tough place, barren and desolate, and hardly worth the cost of fighting for it.”

Item description: Portions of Leaves from a Diary Written While Serving in Co. E, 44 Mass., Dep’t of No. Carolina, an account, written by John Jasper Wyeth of Co. E, of the experiences of the 44th Masachusetts Infantry Regiment. The book, … Continue reading

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3 June 1861: “We wanted a change of diet, but there were strict orders from Col. D. H. Hill that we should not go out foraging.”

Item description: Entry from the published diary (Diary of a Tar Heel Confederate Soldier, copyright 1913) of Louis Leon describing his experiences on 3 June 1861 around Bethel Church, Va. Item transcription: We changed camp several times, until about the … Continue reading

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25 April 1861: “I belong to the Charlotte Grays, Company C, First North Carolina Regiment…”

Item description: Entry, dated 25 April 1861, from the published diary (copyright 1913) of Louis Leon. In this his first entry of the diary, Leon describes his enlistment in the Confederate Army and his experiences in the first few days … Continue reading

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