Tag Archives: Richmond

5 September 1863: “I bought the reader at the time she wrote but could not find the other books. I have since found it and it is the only one to be found in Richmond”

Item description: Letter, 5 September 1863, from William Henry Joyner Jr., to his mother Julia Joyner. William writes from Richmond and describes the availability of various goods in the city, noting especially the high price of books. Item Citation: From folder 13 … Continue reading

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27 July 1863: “I was in Richmond a few days ago when Gen Pettigrew’s body was carried through there.”

Item Description:  Letter, dated 27 July 1863, written by James Augustus Graham, stationed in Virginia, to his mother, residing in Hillsborough, NC. James Graham served in the 27th North Carolina Infantry Regiment, Confederate States of America and lived until 1908. … Continue reading

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20 July 1863: “Safe at Uncle Williams in Richmond, wounded in the left shoulder, but not severely and doing first rate!”

Item Description: Letter, 20 July 1863, from Laura Norwood to her uncle, Walter Waightstill Lenoir. In it, Laura relates the details of a letter from her cousin, Thomas “Tom” L. Norwood, who was serving in the war, and briefly mentions the … Continue reading

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15 July 1863: “I was very much inclined to ask him particularly concerning you, but I was afraid he would suspect something”

Item Description:  In this love letter from 15 July 1863, William Gaston Lewis writes to his future wife (they were married in 1864) Martha Lucinda Pender (Mitte) after the Battle of Gettysburg. In it, Lewis mentions his promotion due to … Continue reading

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14 July 1863: “…Genl Pettigrew was wounded in the hand or arm at Gettysburg…”

Item Description: Telegram, 14 July 1863, from Miss Rowland to Rev. Pringle, Richmond, Va.  Miss Rowland’s telegram asks Rev. Pringle to write Miss Pettigrew of Mount Carmel, Abbeville, S.C., to inform her that “Genl Pettigrew was wounded in the hand or arm at … Continue reading

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13 July 1863: “But I learned the following statement-a horse was shot under Gen. P on Wed…”

Item Description: Letter, 13 July 1863, from Richmond to Mary B. Pettigrew informing her of the condition of her brother, James Johnston Pettigrew. An officer in the Confederacy, James Johnston Pettigrew served in several important battles, but few documents detailing this … 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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10 May 1863: “Harriet we have bin living fine since we came to Va. I not seen any corn bread since I left N.C. or that is we have not had any but we only get a quarter pound of meate a day & a quarter pound of sugar how long it will last I don’t know.”

Item description: Letter, dated 10 May 1863, from Robert Sifford, Hanover Junction, Va., to Harriet McIntosh, Mecklenburg County, N.C. During the war, Sifford served with the 52th North Carolina Troops (within “Pettigrew’s Brigade”). In this letter, Sifford gives a detailed … Continue reading

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31 March 1863: “A man in the 23rd NC deserted to the Yankees on picket…”

Item Description: Letter, of 31 March 1863, from F.J. Haywood Jr.  The letter is addressed to “My Dear Captain” and relates bits of camp gossip and chatter about the sighting of a “Yankee Balloon,” a desertion across enemy lines, and … Continue reading

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27 March 1863: “It has been charged by both the ignorant and the evil-disposed against the people of our faith, that the Israelite does not fight in the battles of his country!”

Item description: This pamphlet contains a sermon delivered by Reverend M. J. Michelbacher of the Beth Ahabah Synagogue in Richmond, Virginia. In it he refutes claims that the Jewish people of the South are not actively supporting the Confederate cause … Continue reading

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