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19 November 1864: “much obliged to you for sending them in”

Item Description: Letter dated 19 November 1864 regarding travel plans. Item Citation: Folder 463, Thomas Ruffin Papers, #641, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Item Transcription: Nov 19 1864 My dear Sir, I was … Continue reading

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21 December 1863: “Your application for a passport to be granted W.D. Pearsall to go to the United States to visit his son, who is a prisoner and suffering from a wound, has been received and referred to Genl. Winder for allowance.”

Item description: Letter, dated 21 December 1863, from James A. Seddon, Confederate Secretary of War, to O.R. Kenan, responding to a request for a passport to care for a wounded POW. Item citation: From folder 11 in the Kenan Family Papers … Continue reading

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3 November 1863: “…it is the nicest article I can find any where now, so I got forty yards…”

Item description: Letter, dated 3 November 1863, from Annie M. Schon in Atlanta to her sister Bettie Kimberly in Chapel Hill.  She discusses their family, children, and the prices of clothing and food. [transcription available below images] Item citation: From … Continue reading

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10 November 1862: “Genl. McClellan has been removed–producing excitement in the Fedl Army–.”

Item description: Entry, dated 10 November 1862, in the diary of Rev. Overton Bernard. He reports the news of General George McClellan’s dismissal as General-in-Chief of the Union Army and relays the challenges to civilian travel within an occupied city. … Continue reading

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21 August 1862: “Sir I desire some information respecting persons sojourning in the South that reside in the North there chance of returning through Newbern or any other way…”

Item description: Letter, dated 21 August 1862, from George Washington Pegram, Harnett County, N.C., to Gen. T.L. Clingman asking for advice on the matter of gaining passage for two schoolteachers who, prior to the war, had traveled from their home … Continue reading

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13 November 1861: “We understand that the Independent Light Infantry and the LaFayette Light Infantry, of Fayetteville, are expected to arrive…”

Item description: In this piece from 13 November 1861, the editors of the Wilmington Daily Journal announce the arrival of two units of North Carolina soldiers, who are on their way home from Virginia. Item citation: The Daily Journal. 13 … Continue reading

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10 May 1861: “I had to get a permit here to go North – it was granted…”

Item description: John Kimberly, writing from Richmond, Va. to his wife Bettie Maney Kimberly in Chapel Hill, N.C., describes the scene in the city and discusses difficulties in traveling through Virginia and Maryland. Item Citation: From folder 33 of the … Continue reading

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