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28 February 1864: “I am heartily disgusted with public opinion.”

Item Description: William Dudley Gale wrote in this letter, 28 February 1864, to his wife, Kate Polk Gale, describing the destruction wrought by the Yankees on Meridian, Ala., and Enterprise, Ala., and defended the much maligned strategy of his father-in-law, … Continue reading

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19 November 1863: “To-day (Thanksgiving day) when the service commenced the shelling commenced too, and stopped just at the conclusion of our sermon.”

Item description: Letter, dated 19 November 1863, from Henry Deas Lesesne to William S. Pettigrew.  In this letter, Henry describes the death of a relative, Mrs. North, and arrangements to care financially for the son of Pettigrew’s deceased brother.  Lesesne … Continue reading

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28 October 1863: “I am the only officer with our Co now. The Co is a mere shadow of what it was when we left Gordonsville about 3 weeks ago.”

Item description: In this letter, 28 October 1863, James Augustus Graham, an officer in Company G (Orange Guards), 27th North Carolina Infantry Regiment, wrote again to his parents about the recent Battle of Bristoe Station. He provided a detailed description … Continue reading

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4 October 1863: “The revival in our Brigade is still going on and there are a good many converts every day and almost everybody is becoming serious.”

Item description: In this letter, 4 October 1863, James Augustus Graham, an officer in Company G (Orange Guards), 27th North Carolina Infantry Regiment, wrote home to his mother, updating her on his travel back to camp near Gordonsville, Va. He … Continue reading

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30 September 1863: “…we took the cars for Charlottes-ville, which place we reached without any remarkable incident …”

Item description: Diary entry, dated 30 September 1863, written by Charles Dabney.  He describes his journey to Charlottesville to begin classes at the University of Virginia. [transcription available below images] Item citation: From folder 1 of the Cornelius Dabney Diary … Continue reading

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13 November 1862: “So much for a little party.”

Item Description: a portion (text from columns 1 and 2; map and headlines from columns 3-4) of The New York Herald, 13 November 1862, page 1. Transcription: IMPORTANT FROM NORTH CAROLINA. ADVANCE OF THE UNION FORCES. Combined Naval and Military … Continue reading

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20 July 1862: “If a soldier or a legitimate follower of the army be fired upon from any house, the house shall be razed to the ground, and the inhabitants sent prisoners to the headquarters of this army.”

Item description: General Orders, Number 7, dated 20 July 1862, issued by command of Major General John Pope. These orders appear as they were published in the Supplemental Report of the Joint Committee on the Conduct of the War, In … Continue reading

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15 July 1862: “…We have been compelled by the pressure of our enemies to give up more of our mother state to their brutal army.”

Item description: Letter, 15 July 1862, from Robert W. Parker of the 2nd Virginia Cavalry to his wife, Rebecca Louise Fitzhugh Walker Parker, at home in Bedford County, Va. Parker wrote of his company’s retreat from Culpeper to Rapidan Station, … Continue reading

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28 June 1862: “THE RICHMOND BATTLE — ENEMY DEFEATED — THEY BURN THEIR STORES — CONFEDERATE SUCCESS — OUR WOUNDED ARRIVING — YORK RIVER RAILROAD AND BATTERIES CAPTURED — NO PRISONERS REPORTED”

Item description: The Wilmington Daily Journal of 28 June 1862 included this report, received by telegraph, of military action around Richmond, Virginia. The article was published on the fourth day of the Seven Days Battles. Item citation: The Daily Journal. … Continue reading

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12 July 1861: “Baggage must be reduced whenever a regiment receives marching orders and but one trip of the baggage waggons will be allowed from camp to the railroad.”

Item description: General order (#32) from an order book of the 21st North Carolina Infantry Regiment (C.S.A.) giving instructions for the transport of Confederate troops. Item citation: From volume 1 in the Confederate States of America. Army. North Carolina Regiment, … Continue reading

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