Tag Archives: Rev. Overton Bernard

14 December 1861: “What a corrupt and reckless set.”

Item Description: Rev. Overton Bernard describes the details of the Trent Affair, which, to the writer, serves as another example of northern politicians’ hasty policies and practices. Item Citation: From folder 2 of the Overton and Jesse Bernard Diaries #62-z,  Southern Historical Collection, Wilson … Continue reading

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2 November 1861: “I thought of what I written above last night and the possibility of my being in danger of making Shipwreck myself in the Storm and the foregoing being perused as my last journalism.”

Item Description: In this diary entry, Rev. Overton Bernard reflects upon his call upon God for revenge against the Union after an eventful day of travel. Item Citation: From folder 2 of the Overton and Jesse Bernard Diaries #62-z,  Southern Historical Collection, Wilson … Continue reading

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1 November 1861: “The minions of Lincoln are pressing onward…May they be thwarted.”

Item Description: Rev. Overton Bernard calls upon God for vengeance against the Union after a Confederate defeat. Item Citation: From folder 2 of the Overton and Jesse Bernard Diaries #62-z,  Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Item … Continue reading

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5 September 1861: “the [American] Hotel being crowded the Landlord gave me to understand that we would accommodate him very much if Mr. Moore and myself would take one Bed and give up the balance of the room for other company.”

Item description: Rev. Overton Bernard recounts his traveling experience to Richmond, Virginia. As the capital of the Confederacy, Richmond’s population swelled to record numbers during the war. Overton Bernard kept this diary while serving aas a bank employee in Portsmouth, … Continue reading

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1 July 1861: “Missouri is sorely pressed by the Lincolnites…”

Item description: Rev. Overton Bernard expresses his hope that Missouri will pledge their allegiance to the Confederacy rather than to remain in the Union. Item citation: From folder 2 of the Overton and Jesse Bernard Diaries #62-z,  Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University … Continue reading

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20 June 1861: “…A severe battle was fought by the Lincolnites (I will not call them Federalists) at a placed called Bethel Church…”

Item Description: Rev. Overton Bernard recalls his perspectives of the Battle of Bethel Church in southeastern Virginia and the Battle of Phillipi in Barbour County, Virginia (now West Virginia). [Item transcription and biographical information included below images.] Item Citation: From folder 2 of … Continue reading

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27 May 1861: “[Confederate] soldiers are very different from the miserable rabble composing Lincoln’s Army…”

Item Description: In his diary, Rev. Overton Bernard compares the northern army against that of the South. He portrays Confederate forces as more honorable, religious, and capable. Item Citation: From folder 2 of the Overton and Jesse Bernard Diaries #62-z,  Southern Historical Collection, … Continue reading

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