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31 August 1864: “My woman Angelina gave the little boy Wilson a most unmerciful thrashing.”

Item Description: Diary entry, dated 31 August 1864, written by John Houston Bills. Bills was a Tennessee planter who was active in the Democratic Party, the Freemasons, a temperance society, and was a friend of President James K. Polk.  Diary … Continue reading

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13 March 1864: “Genl Longstreet is playing a very bold game…”

Item description: Letter, dated 13 March 1864, from John Edwards to W. R. McLaws relating details of the court martial of Major General Lafayette McLaws.  McLaws stood trial for his actions during the 1863 battles surrounding Knoxville, Tennessee, including failure … Continue reading

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16 January 1864: “… the greatest loss being from hand grenades.”

Item description: Letter, dated 16 January 1864, from Brigadier General Goode Bryan to General Lafayette McLaws.  In this letter, Bryan delivers his opinion to McLaws that the Confederate defeat at Fort Sanders (referred to here as Fort London) was not … Continue reading

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12 November 1863: “…we sat down to fine old ham, roast mutton-haunch, chicken pie, a dozen broiled partridges, sweet potatoes, rice-fritters, and butter.”

Item description: Letter, dated 12 November 1863, from Launcelot Minor “Lanty” Blackford to his mother, Mary Berkeley Minor Blackford.  Blackford discusses the death of his Uncle Lucius, camp life (including hunting and visiting officials), rail travel, and his pride in … Continue reading

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9 November 1863: “…it was decided that the men vote to decide who should remain with them.”

Item description: Entry, dated 9 November 1863, from the D. Coleman Diary.  In this entry, Confederate Captain D. Coleman describes how a surplus of officers in the Army of Tennessee results in him losing his command to a Captain Steger. … Continue reading

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22 September 1863: “If they are unsuccessful, we must nerve ourselves to face many new trials.”

ITEM DESCRIPTION: editorial, The Daily Journal (Wilmington, N. C.), 22 September 1863, page 2, column 1.  NB. The editorial describes the Battle of Chickamauga, fought 19-20 September 1863. TRANSCRIPTION: THE DAILY JOURNAL. CONFEDERATE STATES OF AMERICA. WILMINGTON, N. C., TUESDAY, SEPT’R. … Continue reading

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24 May 1863: “to hear once more and it might be for the last time the blending of sweet female voices . . .”

  Item: entry, D. Coleman diary, 24 May 1863. Notes: D. Coleman is Daniel Coleman. In his entry for Saturday, 23 May, Coleman wrote, “Make a visit to some dear friends – Mrs. Irving, Miss Roe Webster, Mrs I E … Continue reading

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10 April 1863: “A great many spectators especially ladies _ for whom Genl Hardee has given the entertainment _ he has several at his house _ and this is the second or third time they have come up from Huntersville.”

Item description: Diary entry, 10 April 1863, by Taylor Beatty (b. 1837), a lawyer from Thibodaux, Lafourche Parish, Louisiana, serving under General Braxton Bragg . On 12 January 1863, General Bragg offered Beatty a position, which he accepted, in the … Continue reading

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27 February 1863: “Dear Master and Mistress, I will send you a few lines to inform you I am not well but I still get along building stockades.”

Item description: Letter dated 27 February 1863 from a slave, Thomas, in Mount Shell, Tenn., to his master, J. M. Oaty, asking him to get a substitute for him in the building of a stockade. Item citation: From folder 17 … Continue reading

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29 October 1862: “Genl. Bragg cannot move into Middle Tenn. with prospect of success without your cooperation.”

Item description: Letter, 29 October 1862, from Jefferson Davis to Edmund Kirby-Smith. In the letter, Davis expresses his disappointment of the Confederate retreat from Kentucky into Tennessee but also seems to justify his decision to keep Gen. Braxton Bragg in … Continue reading

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