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24 February 1864: “These times we hesitate not to ask favors of our friends & generally our friends are willing to serve us.”

Item Description: In this letter, Mary C. Ruffin wrote from Graham, N.C., to her nephew, Major Daniel Heyward Hamilton Jr., seeking his help in procuring kerosene oil and ascertaining the price and quality of cotton cards. She was sensitive to … Continue reading

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12 January 1863: “…the pony is very nearly starved into death.”

Item Description: Letter, dated 12 January 1863 from Charles Lockhart Pettigrew to his wife, Jane Caroline North Pettigrew.  The letter describes his visit to the area near Winston, NC where his slaves have been hired out to work on the … Continue reading

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13 May 1862: “They searched every house in town & got a few old shot guns…”

Item description: Diary entry, 13 May 1862, describing the Union occupation of Murfreesboro, Tenn., fears of a smallpox outbreak, and a mention of the destruction of the USS Merrimack. More about Kate Carney and her Civil War diary: Catherine “Kate” … Continue reading

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