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9 February 1863: “I was particularly edified by a Pocahontas in a low necked white mans lin saving the life of Captain Smith, (C.S. Uniform) from Powhatan gorgeously arrayed in Masonic regalia and feathers”

Item Description: Letter, 9 February 1863, from Benjamin Lewis Blackford to his mother, Mary B. Blackford, discussing events in Richmond. The Blackford family was a prominent, although not wealthy, Virginia family. Item Citation: From folder 84 of the Blackford Family Papers … Continue reading

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10 December 1862: “…it has been down already this to 14° and the weather of late has been very cold but fine.”

Item Description: Letter, 10 December 1862, from Godfrey Barnsley of Woodlands Plantation, Cass County, Georgia to his son, Lucien Barnsley in the office of Dr. Gaillard, Medical Director of the 2nd Corps, Army of the Potomac.  The letter discusses the possibility that Lucien … Continue reading

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7 October 1862: “we all landed safe but one man… he was drunk & fell out of the cars and broke his leg.”

Item description: Letter, dated 7 October 1862, from soldier A.M. Kee, Richmond, V.A., to Andrew Baxter Springs (1819-1886), Springfield Plantation, York District, S.C. The Springs family were stockholders and directors of various banks, railroads, and manufacturing firms. Item citation: In … Continue reading

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13 August 1862: “all the counties in the eastern part of the state bordering on the lines of the enemy are required to furnish at once one fourth of the able bodied slave laborers within their limits…”

Item description: Notice, dated 13 August 1862, ordering North Carolina slaveholders to furnish slave labor for the construction of Confederate fortifications around Richmond and Petersburg, Va. Item citation: From folder 2 of the T. L. Clingman Papers, #157, Southern Historical … Continue reading

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4 August 1862: “This morning early, I rode out to Genl. Lee’s Head Quarters and reported for duty.”

Item description: Letter, 4 August 1862, from Jeremy Francis Gilmer to his wife Louisa Fredericka Alexander Gilmer. More about Jeremy Francis Gilmer: Jeremy Francis Gilmer was born in Guilford County, N.C., on 23 February 1818. He entered the United States … Continue reading

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24 July 1862: “Stonewall Jackson is a rigid Presbyterian and does not believe in the infallibility of this Pope . . .”

Item Description: editorial, The Daily Journal (Wilmington), 24 July 1862. Transcription: THE DAILY JOURNAL. CONFEDERATE STATES OF AMERICA. WILMINGTON, N. C., THURSDAY, JULY 24, 1862. The Yankees have a last got a hero.  They have got a “coming man.”  They … Continue reading

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9 July 1862: “. . . the spot of land he now controls is a little hotter than tophet, and is enough to roast and broil every sinner in the Federal Army.”

Item: editorial, The Daily Journal (Wilmington, N.C.), 9 July 1862, page 2, column 1. Item citation: The Daily Journal (Wilmington, N.C.), 9 July 1862, page 2, column 1.  North Carolina Collection call number: C071 Z.  Wilson Library, University of North … Continue reading

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8 July 1862: “The remainder will march to the cannons mouth and Stab The yankee gunners to The heart Unawed by superior numbers or the display of burnished weppons and dazling unaforms”

Item description: Letter, 8 July 1862, from William C. McClellan of the 9th Alabama Infantry to his brother, Robert Anderson McClellan, in which he described the Seven Days Battle with McClellan’s forces near Richmond. He wrote of the heavy Confederate … Continue reading

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7 July 1862: “Our company engaged in a very sad duty on yesterday in escorting the remains of Lieut. Col. Faison to his last resting place.”

Item description: Letter, 7 July 1862, from Edmund Jones Williams (1841-1926), a soldier in the Fayetteville Independent Light Infantry and the 31st North Carolina Regiment, from a camp in Sampson County, N.C., to his mother in Cumberland County, N.C. Item … Continue reading

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6 July 1862: “It seems strange but nevertheless true that most of the boys from our neighborhood have either been killed wounded or died of sickness.”

Item description: Entry, dated 6 July 1862, from the diary of Robert W. Parker (2nd Virginia Cavalry, CSA), near Culpeper, Va., to his wife, Rebecca Louise Fitzhugh Walker Parker. [Transcription available below images.] Item citation: From volume 2 in the … Continue reading

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