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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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7 August 1862: “I see no chance of going home until seseshdom is used up & I hope that won’t be long, unless England interferes.”

Item description: Letter, 7 August 1862, from Robert Stuart Finley to his fiancee, Mary A. Cabeen. Finley was a member of the 30th Illinois Infantry. Item citation: From the Robert Stuart Finley papers #3685-z, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, … Continue reading

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22 July 1862: “Buel is fast concentrating for attack, Forrest’s operations in middle Tenn. have delayed him as I intended they should…”

Item description: Letter, dated 22 July 1862, from Gen. Edmund Kirby-Smith to his wife Cassie Selden Kirby-Smith. At the time of the letter, Kirby-Smith was commanding the Army of East Tennessee. He comments on an apparent dispute with Confederate Congressman … Continue reading

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16 May 1862: “Ma received a letter from Sister Mary today, written about a month ago, by an ‘underground railroad’ as they term it…”

Item description: Diary entry, 16 May 1862, written during the Union occupation of Murfreesboro, Tenn. More about this item: Kate S. Carney was the daughter of a merchant of Murfreesboro, Tenn. The collection is a Diary (chiefy 1859-1862) of Kate … Continue reading

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15 May 1862: “Three Yanks were passing by trying to get some flowers from over the fence, when Ma went out and gave them some…”

Item description: Diary entry, 15 May 1862, written during the Union occupation of Murfreesboro, Tenn. More about this item: Kate S. Carney was the daughter of a merchant of Murfreesboro, Tenn. The collection is a Diary (chiefy 1859-1862) of Kate … Continue reading

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14 May 1862: “The paper called the Dispatch was surpressed today, suppose the reason was it told the truth too plain.”

Item description: Diary entry, 14 May 1862, describing the Union occupation of Murfreesboro, Tenn., the alleged censorship of a newspaper, care given to two wounded Confederate soldiers, and other news. More about Kate Carney and her Civil War diary: Catherine … 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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12 May 1862: “We will certainly know how to appreciate freedom when we have it once more restored.”

Item description: Entry, dated 12 May 1862, from the diary of Kate S. Carney describing the Union occupation of Murfreesboro, Tenn. More about Kate Carney and her Civil War diary: Catherine “Kate” Carney (1842-1930) was the daughter of Legrand Carney … Continue reading

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9 April 1862: “The news today from Ten. is not so favorable. Gen’l Beauregard telegraphs that he had fallen back from the river to his original position at Corinth…”

Item description: Entry, dated 9 April 1862, from the diary of Thomas Bragg (Attorney General of the Confederate States of America, 1861-1862). Bragg resigned his cabinet position on 18 March 1862 to return to his home in North Carolina. Bragg … Continue reading

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7 April 1862: “How beautifully appropriate is this meaning of the word ‘Shiloh’ to us. It is the Desired, the Longed for. This victory we have been praying!”

Item description: Undated religious tract, “Shiloh: A Sermon,” written by J. Lansing Burrows, a Baptist minister from Richmond, Virginia. Burrows reflects on the meaning of the Battle of Shiloh, a pivotal battle fought on 6-7 April 1862 in southwestern Tennessee. … Continue reading

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