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17 February 1865: ” the U.S. flag run up over the State house. O what a horrid sight! what a degradation!”

Item Description: Entry, dated 17 February 1865, from the diary of Emma Florence LeConte, the daughter of scientist Joseph LeConte of Columbia, S.C. She writes about the capture of the city of Columbia. Item Citation: From the Emma LeConte Diary, #420-z, Southern … Continue reading

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16 February 1865: “He calls himself a Confederate spy or scout and is an oddity”

Item Description: Entry, dated 16 February 1865, from the diary of Emma Florence LeConte, the daughter of scientist Joseph LeConte of Columbia, S.C. Emma provides a detailed account of shelling beginning in Columbia. Item Citation: From the Emma LeConte Diary, #420-z, Southern … Continue reading

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7 February 1865: ” I am in a big hurry to get away from this place as I fear we are all destined to go up if we stay here long.”

Item Description: Letter from William Henry Tripp to his wife Araminta Guilford Tripp.  He describes evacuation Savannah and Bald Head.  He also details the dire situation at Fort Anderson which is under attack from Union naval ships.  He has submitted … Continue reading

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19 November 1863: “To-day (Thanksgiving day) when the service commenced the shelling commenced too, and stopped just at the conclusion of our sermon.”

Item description: Letter, dated 19 November 1863, from Henry Deas Lesesne to William S. Pettigrew.  In this letter, Henry describes the death of a relative, Mrs. North, and arrangements to care financially for the son of Pettigrew’s deceased brother.  Lesesne … Continue reading

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6 July 1863: “just as we got limburd up and started before a shell came over and struck right squar down by my feet and drove the dirt clean threw the skin”

Item Description: Letter, 6 July 1863, describing Eldridge B. Platt’s involvement in the battle of Gettysburg, where he was blinded for two days from a near miss by an exploding shell. Platt (b. 1847) enlisted as a drummer in the 2nd Connecticut … Continue reading

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