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24 June 1863: “It was said that many marched until they fell dead…”

Item description: Letter, dated 24 June 1863, from Andrew J. Proffit to his father, William Proffit. He discusses troop movements in Virginia and his own health, and mentions the story of a two-headed calf born in Fredericksburg. Item citation: From … Continue reading

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26 May 1863: “About five or six miles from Kinston our Brigade formed line of battle and commenced advan-cing on the Yankees…”

Item description: Letter, dated 26 May 1863, from James A. Graham to his mother.  He discusses troop movements and skirmishes with Union troops in the coastal North Carolina area around Kinston and New Bern. Item citation: from folder 2 in … Continue reading

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29 December 1861: “I have got to fat to run quite so fast as I used to run after the hens, but I can’t find any boddy that can out run me now.”

Item description: Letter, 29 December 1861, written by Jeremiah Stetson, from Annapolis, Maryland, to his wife Abbie F. “Happy” Stetson, in Hanson, Massachusetts. Stetson wrote of training maneuvers, the resolution of a debt owed to him, and of missing his … Continue reading

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26 June 1861: “In reply to the resolution of the Convention, asking the Military Board to report on this day, at 10 o’clock, A.M., the number of State troops…”

Item description: Opening paragraphs of a report submitted to the Secession Convention by the Military Board of North Carolina. The document contains information on military appointees and other schedules related to the state’s attempt to raise troops. Item transcription: STATE … Continue reading

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28 May 1861: “…I send herewith a list of the companies tendered from each county, and the numbers of men.”

Item description: Portions of a report submitted to the Secession Convention by the governor and adjutant general of North Carolina. Item citation: From “The Military of the State.” [Raleigh, N.C.] : Syme & Hall, [1861], VC342.2 1861d v. 1, from … Continue reading

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22 May 1861: “…in three weeks past have lost many men for lack of means to hold them–who became restless at not being organized.”

Item description: Col. Charles Fisher expresses his dismay with the process of mobilizing and mustering troops. The delay in swearing in soldiers caused, Fisher argues, the loss of many troops. He calls for more organization in troop mustering. Item citation: … Continue reading

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