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29 March 1862: “we are now on the sea of a decisive contest, and all hearts are anxious about the result…”

Item description: Diary entry written by Jane Evans Elliot. More about Jane Evans Elliot: Jane Evans Elliot (1820-1882) was a diarist in Fayetteville, N.C. Her husband was Alexander Elliot, a lumberman who served in the North Carolina House of Commons, … Continue reading

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2 March 1862: “Pleasant had a prayer meeting in our quarters.”

Item description: Short entry, 2 March 1862, from the diary of Henry K. White, soldier in the 23rd Massachusetts Infantry Regiment. Item citation: From folder 1 of the Henry K. White Diaries #5013-z, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North … Continue reading

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28 February 1862: “I am often glad I am not married, but methinks there is some thing very fine in having a brave husband to fight in the glorious battles, and come home and tell about them by the fireside.”

Item description: Letter to Ellen Richardson in Ololona, Miss., from her cousin Laura Norwood in Lenoir, N.C. [Transcription available below images.] Item citation: In the Chiliab Smith Howe Papers #3092, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina … Continue reading

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24 February 1862: Articles from the Wilmington Daily Journal of 24 February 1862

Item description: The Wilmington Daily Journal of 24 February 1862 included these: a recruitment announcement for a battalion of light horse, news from the enemy concerning the return of female and child detainees, and another proposed week of prayer for … Continue reading

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4 December 1861: “What is the chief end of man?”

Item description: Small printed catechism “ratified by the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in The United States at August, Ga.” published by the Presbyterian Committee of Publication in Richmond, Virginia. Much of the content is arranged as a set … Continue reading

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16 November 1861: “The recommendation of the President of the Confederate States…appears to have been very generally complied with by our people and churches.”

Item description: On the 16 November 1861, the Wilmington Daily Journal reported on the day of “fasting, humiliation and prayer” that occurred the day before. According to the paper, the town’s residents and business’s “entered sincerely into the spirit of … Continue reading

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15 November 1861: ” “Come behold the works of the Lord, what desolations He hath made in the earth. He maketh wars to cease unto the end of the earth; He breaketh to bow, and cutteth the spear in sunder; He burneth the chariot in the fire…”

Item description: God in the War. A Sermon Delivered before the Legislature of Georgia, in the Capitol at Milledgeville, on Friday, November 15, 1861, Being a Day Set apart for Fasting, Humiliation and Prayer, by his Excellency the President of … Continue reading

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14 November 1861: “The President of the Confederate States having appointed Friday, the 15th inst., as a day of ‘fasting, humiliation and prayer’…”

Item description: In the Wilmington Daily Journal of 14 November 1861, this notice from John Dawson, mayor of Wilmington, was posted. The notice states that God is the only hope “to achieve success in the great struggle for liberty and … Continue reading

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14 July 1861: “The Communion was administered to the white members and then to the negroes; I thought the Communion of the negroes was very affecting…”

Item description: Sarah Lois Wadley was the daughter of William Morrill Wadley (1812?-1882) and Rebecca Barnard Everingham Wadley (fl. 1840-1884) and lived with her family in homes near Amite in Tangipahoa Parish, Monroe and Oakland in Ouachita Parish, La., and … Continue reading

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13 June 1861: “Separate thyself, I pray thee, from me”

Item description: Sermon delivered by the Reverend Daniel I. Dreher in response to a call for a day of humiliation and prayer by the president of the Confederate States of America. Item transcription: SERMON. “And Abraham said unto Lot, let … Continue reading

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