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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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3 July 1862: “It fell to my lot – being officer of the guard today – to give him a burial…”

Item description: Letter, 3 July 1862, from Union soldier Stephen Tippet Andrews to his beloved, Margaret (Maggie) Little. For an introduction to the correspondence between Andrews and Little, please see our post of 11 February 1862. [Transcription available below images.] … Continue reading

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1 July 1862: “…McClellan is reported mortally wounded. His army is fighting for existence. It is at bay and desperate.”

Item description: The Wilmington Daily Journal of 1 July 1862 included this update of action near Richmond, Virginia. Containing an erroneous report of Union General George B. McClellan’s mortal wound, the article presents a somewhat upbeat outlook on what would … Continue reading

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28 June 1862: “THE RICHMOND BATTLE — ENEMY DEFEATED — THEY BURN THEIR STORES — CONFEDERATE SUCCESS — OUR WOUNDED ARRIVING — YORK RIVER RAILROAD AND BATTERIES CAPTURED — NO PRISONERS REPORTED”

Item description: The Wilmington Daily Journal of 28 June 1862 included this report, received by telegraph, of military action around Richmond, Virginia. The article was published on the fourth day of the Seven Days Battles. Item citation: The Daily Journal. … Continue reading

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26 June 1862: “Our own opinion, from the best information we can obtain, is that the contest at Richmond will be decided within the next forty-eight hours.”

Item description: Newspaper article, “The Armies at Richmond,” from the 26 June 1862 issue of The Wilmington (N.C.) Daily Journal. The article was published on the second day of the Seven Days Battles. Item citation: The Daily Journal. 24 June … Continue reading

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