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15 February 1865: “The alarm bell is ringing. […] ‘It is the Yankees.'”

Item Description: Entry, dated 15 February 1865, from the diary of Emma Florence LeConte, the daughter of scientist Joseph LeConte of Columbia, S.C. Emma writes about the impending destruction of Columbia. Item Citation: From the Emma LeConte Diary, #420-z, Southern Historical Collection, … Continue reading

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14 February 1865: “It is true some think Sherman will burn the town, but we can hardly believe that.”

Item Description: Entry, dated 14 February 1865, from the diary of Emma Florence LeConte, the daughter of scientist Joseph LeConte of Columbia, S.C. For the next week, we will be sharing entries from Emma LeConte’s diary that she kept during … Continue reading

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8 February 1865: “the enemy have repaired burnt bridge and are crossing”

Item Description: George Anderson Mercer was a lawyer and Confederate officer from Savannah, Ga. He kept an intermittent diary throughout his life. During the War he was captured in Macon, Ga, and returned to service after his release. During this period … Continue reading

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28 January 1865: “It commenced when I was thirteen, and I am now seventeen and no prospect yet of its ending.”

Item Description: Entry, dated 28 January 1865, from the diary of Emma Florence LeConte, the daughter of scientist Joseph LeConte of Columbia, S.C. Item Citation: From Folder 1, in the Emma LeConte Diary, #420-z, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University … Continue reading

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23 January 1865: “We hear so many rumors of the movements of the Yankees and of our own troops”

Item Description: A diary entry by Emma LaConte from Columbia describing their conditions as they prepare for the arrival of Yankee and confederate troops. She describes the quality of her clothes as as well as the price of food. Item Citation: … Continue reading

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12 January 1865: “…wish I had been born here instead of in Georgia! That whole State is utterly demoralized, and ready to go back into the Union.”

Item description: Entry, dated 12 January 1865, from the diary of Emma Florence LeConte, the daughter of scientist Joseph LeConte of Columbia, S.C. Item citation: From the Emma LeConte Diary, #420-z, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at … Continue reading

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4 January 1865: “Father said the Yanks made a clean sweep of everything, and we have lost all our worldly possessions except the few negroes here.”

Item description: Entry, dated 4 January 1865, from the diary of Emma Florence LeConte, the daughter of scientist Joseph LeConte of Columbia, S.C. Item citation: From the Emma LeConte Diary, #420-z, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at … Continue reading

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2 January 1865: “We had a very pleasant evening and were regaled in honour of the new year, which yesterday being Sunday was celebrated today, with egg-nog, Confederate cake and pop-corn.”

Item description: Entry, dated 2 January 1865, from the diary of Emma Florence LeConte, the daughter of scientist Joseph LeConte of Columbia, S.C. Item citation: From the Emma LeConte Diary, #420-z, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at … Continue reading

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1 January 1865: “how accustomed we have grown to what is horrible”

Item Description: A diary entry on the New Year in 1865 where Emma LeConte, from Columbia, South Carolina, hopes for a better year and reflects on news of the Yankees passing through plantations. Item Citation: From Folder 1, in the … Continue reading

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13 October 1864: “I gave him a short piece of my mind.”

Item Description: A letter from W.F. Beasley to a member of the Pettigrew family. He describes the difficulty he has had in receiving letters, and the possible movement of his battalion. He expresses his dislike for his current location. Item … Continue reading

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