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19 October 1863: “…preparing for the decisive struggle which is generally believed to be not far in the future.”

Item description: Entry, dated 19 October 1863, from the diary of Samuel A. Agnew.  He discusses a case of horse-stealing, the activities surrounding a visit from CSA President Jefferson Davis, and recent operations of General James Chalmers. [transcription available below … Continue reading

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16 September 1863: “…it is so sweet to me to be petted if it is only by letter.”

Item description: Letter, dated 16 September 1863, from Frances “Fannie” Roulhac Hamilton to her husband, Daniel Heyward Hamilton.  She discusses an unidentified illness and the spring where she and others are being treated, as well as the pregnancy of a … Continue reading

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16 February 1863: “He had hard usage by that court martial…”

Item Description: Letter, dated 16 February 1863, from Jane Gibert Pettigru North (abbreviated JGN) to her brother.  She describes the “restless” nature of a visiting relation named Sue, as well as conditions at her plantation, Badwell, and the trials of … Continue reading

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12 January 1863: “…the pony is very nearly starved into death.”

Item Description: Letter, dated 12 January 1863 from Charles Lockhart Pettigrew to his wife, Jane Caroline North Pettigrew.  The letter describes his visit to the area near Winston, NC where his slaves have been hired out to work on the … Continue reading

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28 August 1862: “Very soon after I left last January nearly all the students left and went to war; some were called out by the draft some were taken by the Conscription law and some went voluntarily, So nearly all left…”

Item description: In this letter of 28 August 1862, Preston H. Sessoms writes from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, N.C., to his sister Bettie. Sessoms tells his sister that only 50 students are enrolled, and board is expensive. … Continue reading

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