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24 March 1864: “…as I mentioned yr name a flush spread over her and there was a momentary flash of the eye as if I was treading on forbidden ground.”

Item description: Letter, dated 24 (and 27) March 1864, from George S. Barnsley to Lancelot Minor “Lanty” Blackford.  Barnsley writes about his time as a surgeon in Richmond, and also discusses gossip regarding Blackford’s brother and a popular “Miss Jennie.” … Continue reading

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26 December 1863: “IV. Which is the most approved mode of treating uncomplicated Gun Shot Wounds?”

Item description: A circular, dated 26 December 1863, from the Association of Army and Navy Surgeons [Confederate] seeking information on how to deal with aneurysms, hemorrhages, and gunshot wounds. Item transcription: Association of Army and Navy Surgeons, Richmond, Dec. 26, … Continue reading

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25 December 1863: “the Boys have good time to day as it is Christmas I can not enjoy it myself…”

Item description: Letter, dated 25 December 1863, from Dexter S. Cowles to his “Dear Brother,” describing fighting conditions and weather near Vicksburg, Miss. He also discusses his difficulty communicating with family members, and notes the presence of African American regiments … Continue reading

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15 November 1863: “I am well aware that an escape from prison is attended with much difficulty as well as danger.”

Item description: Entry from a diary kept by Willard W. Glazier, who enlisted as a private in the “2nd Regiment of N. Y. Cavalry (Harris Light)” early in the war. He was captured by soldiers of the Confederate Army on … Continue reading

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8 July 1863: “Like all the rest I am getting tired of this side of the Potomac…”

Item description: Letter, 8 July 1863, from William Hope Peek, assistant surgeon with the 2nd Virginia Cavalry, to his sister, Maria Peek, who was at the family’s home in Hampton, Va.  William died less than two weeks later on 19 … Continue reading

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10 December 1862: “…it has been down already this to 14° and the weather of late has been very cold but fine.”

Item Description: Letter, 10 December 1862, from Godfrey Barnsley of Woodlands Plantation, Cass County, Georgia to his son, Lucien Barnsley in the office of Dr. Gaillard, Medical Director of the 2nd Corps, Army of the Potomac.  The letter discusses the possibility that Lucien … Continue reading

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6 December 1862 “The Board will meet at your Head Quarters at 10 Oclock AM tomorrow for the examination of Officers of your command”

Item description: Orders, 6 December 1862, from Head Quarters in Wilmington to Brigadier General Thomas Lanier Clingman. More about Thomas Lanier Clingman: T. L. (Thomas Lanier) Clingman (1812-1897) was a businessman; mountain explorer; legislator for North Carolina and the United … Continue reading

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19 September 1862: “O what terrible fighting they are having in Maryland for the last five days…”

Item description: Letter, 19 September 1862, from Jonathan Lewis Whittaker to his wife Julia A. Wells Whitaker. More about Jonathan Lewis Whittaker: Jonathan Lewis Whitaker (fl. 1862-1865) was a physician of Orange County, N.Y., who served as a United States … Continue reading

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21 July 1861: “Retreat began between 4 & 5 P.M., I think, leaving a field strewn with dead and wounded as the troops streamed down the road past the church. I went out to find my horse.”

Item description: Entry, dated 21 July 1861, from the diary of Charles Carroll Gray, an assistant surgeon in the 2nd Regiment of the United States Cavalry (Regular Army) 11th New York Infantry Regiment. This entry gives a lengthy description of … Continue reading

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