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11 December 1864: “they shot fifteen at once, with one ball”

Item Description: Diary entry dated 11 December 1864 by Sarah Lois Wadley. She writes about her various social engagements from the previous weeks. In particular, she recounts a meeting with a Confederate soldier. She also writes about attending at dance … Continue reading

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8 December 1864: “the darkest and most gloomy time we have experienced since the war”

Item Description: Letter dated 8 December 1864 to Mary Elizabeth (Lizzie) Garrett Lenoir of East Fork of Pigeon, Haywood County, N.C. Item Citation: Folder 155, Lenoir Family Papers, #426, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel … Continue reading

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15 November 1864: “I do not take that lively interest in writing that I used to”

Item Description: Diary entry dated 15 November 1864, written by Sarah Lois Wadley. She writes about her social engagements and activities of the past week. Item Citation: Folder 5, Sarah Lois Wadley Papers, #1258, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University … Continue reading

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9 November 1864: “the election day in the United States, what a struggle it must have been!”

Item Description: Diary entry dated 9 November 1864, written by Sarah Lois Wadley. Item Citation: Folder 5, Sarah Lois Wadley Papers, #1258, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Item Transcription: Wednesday, Nov. 9th. 1864 … Continue reading

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27 October 1864: “the very idea of “reconstruction” sends a thrill of horror and disgust through my veins.”

Item Description: Sarah Lois Wadley, a Louisiana woman, discusses in her diary the events of the preceding two weeks. She describes a trip into town, the behavior of her children, and how they are taking care of a wounded soldier. Item … Continue reading

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17 August 1864: “how I had long desired to join the Church”

Item Description: Diary entry dated 17 August 1864 from Sarah Lois Wadley. She writes about the impending visit of an episcopal minister and her desire to join the church. Item Citation: From volume 4 (folder 5) in the Sarah Lois … Continue reading

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13 August 1864: ” a very uncourteous visitor whoever he be”

Item Description: Diary entry dated 13 August 1864 from Sarah Lois Wadley. She writes about her daily life with detail. She describes what she is reading and the people she talks with as well. There is a small note at … Continue reading

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11 August 1864: “hear some vague rumours about our position there which awaken much anxiety and disquiet in our minds”

Item Description: Diary entry dated 11 August 1864 by Sarah Lois Wadley. In this entry she recounts the company that she has kept throughout the past weeks. She also briefly mentions her brother’s health as well. Item Citation: From volume … Continue reading

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4 July 1864: “Your company with lady is requested at a celebration of the 4th of July, to be held in Fort Macon…”

Item Description: An invitation and order of exercises for the First Regiment North Carolina Union Volunteers’ Fourth of July celebration at Fort Macon, North Carolina. The pre-printed invitation is addressed to “Collector Hendricks…with lady.” The celebration included a “National Salute,” … Continue reading

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17 December 1863: “I can tie my mustache in a bow-knot under my chin and am very handsome generally (see enclosed carte-de-visite).”

Item description: Letter, dated 17 December 1863, from Benjamin Lewis Blackford to his mother, Mary Berkeley Minor Blackford.  The letter is written from his camp on Topsail Sound, and it is he expresses his disgust with Wilmington residents, who have … Continue reading

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