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12 May 1864: “The news is not very reliable but indicates that a great & bloody battle is being fought and that Grant is giving the rebels a bitter lesson.”

Item description: Letter, 12 May 1864, from Robert Finley to his fiancee, Mary A. Cabeen. Finley was a member of the 30th Illinois Infantry, serving in Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana, and Georgia. Item citation: From the Robert Stuart Finley papers #3685-z, Southern Historical Collection, … Continue reading

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16 December 1863: “The creeks will surely reach the highest water mark this time.”

Item Description: Diary entry, dated 16 December 1863, from the Samuel A. Agnew Diary.  He discusses extraordinary rainfall and a lack of news of the war. [transcription available below image] Item Citation: From folder 9 of the Samuel A. Agnew … Continue reading

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14 October 1863: “The President has been here for some time…”

Item Description: Letter, dated 14 October 1863, from Lafayette McLaws to his wife.  He discusses a visit from President Jefferson Davis, family affairs, weather, and troop movements. [transcription available below images] Item citation: From folder 8 of the Lafayette McLaws … Continue reading

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7 July 1863: “Our sky seems to me now to be brighter than it has ever been heretofore.”

Item Description: Letter, 7 July 1863, from James Augustus Graham to his mother located in Hillsborough, N.C. in which Graham describes, among other things, the losses suffered by the Confederates at Gettysburg. [Item transcription available below images.] Item Citation: From Folder … Continue reading

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5 July 1863: “Enemy evacuated his lines about Gettysburg.”

Item Description: Diary entry, 1 July 1863, written by Levi J. Fritz, describing his regiment’s march toward the Battle of Gettysburg. Fritz served in the 53rd Pennsylvania Infantry Regiment during the Civil War and wrote the regiment’s song, “My 53rd.”. He was … Continue reading

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29 January 1863: “for a while we fared pretty badly being out in the rain without tents, but as we have got some tents now we are getting along a great deal better.”

Item description: Letter, 29 January 1863, from James A. Graham, officer in the “Orange Guard,” Company G, 27th Regiment N.C. Troops, to his father William A. Graham. Item citation: From the William A. Graham Papers #285, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North … Continue reading

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