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14 February 1863: “This is Valentines day and I hope to get one from her.”

Item description: Letter, 14 February 1863, believed to be from James M. and Laura Gwyn to their aunt, Mary Elizabeth (“Lizzie”) Garrett Lenoir. Item citation: From folder 151 of the Lenoir Family Papers, #426, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina … Continue reading

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14 October 1862: “I was also informed that his negroes were very much averse to leaving, and that 30 of them had run away, in consequence of their having been informed by the disloyal men around them”

Item description: Two letters, dated 14 October 1862, from William Pettigrew. One letter is to his brother Charles Pettigrew and the other letter is to an unknown recipient, possibly a Mr. Bryan. After the fall of Roanoke Island in 1862, William and … Continue reading

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2 October 1862: “Their is act past in this state for one fourth of the negros to go to charleston by the 10th of this month to bild fortifications and stay 30 days.”

Item description: Letter dated 2 October 1862 from A. M. Wallace, the overseer at a plantation near Gaston and Lincoln counties, N.C., to William A. Graham. Wallace sought Graham’s advice on several matters. He wanted guidance on how to manage … Continue reading

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15 September 1862: “the ronaways is plenty in this naber hood…”

Item description: Letter, 15 September 1862, from Milton McGahey to William A. Graham. It is believed that McGahey was acting as overseer for one of Graham’s plantations at the time of the letter. He reports on the condition of crops … Continue reading

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8 August 1862: “Twenty-five dollars reward will be paid for her apprehension, and Twenty-five for the detection of any person harboring her.”

Item description: “Rewards,” selected newspaper advertisements published in the 8 August 1862 issue of the Wilmington (N.C.) Daily Journal. Item citation: Selected advertisements,The Daily Journal (Wilmington, N.C.), 8 August 1862.  North Carolina Collection call number: C071 Z.  Wilson Library, University … Continue reading

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23 April 1862: “The Negroes are getting off from here in crowds”

Item description: Letter from William C. Wood to his brother, Edward Wood, reporting on the ambiguous accounts of the Battle of South Mills in Camden County, N.C., and warning him to “watch his boats” since others in the area had … Continue reading

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6 March 1862: “We are now in the midst of a great calamity”

Item description: Entry, dated 6 March 1862, from the diary of Margaret Ann Meta Morris Grimball. In this entry, Grimball writes from Charleston that eighty-four of the slaves had left Grove Plantation and run away to Edisto, causing her husband, … Continue reading

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