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12 June 1862: “1. When slaves are taken from the possession of their legal masters, by violence offered by armed men and negroes, what redress shall be afforded to the owners and what protection for the future?”

Item description: This letter was written by Edward Stanly, Military Governor of North Carolina, in response to a request for information from Edwin Stanton, United States Secretary of War. In it Stanly asks for guidance on governing the relationships between … Continue reading

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9 June 1862: “On Duty from 7 AM till 12 1/2 P.M. was pretty busy 162 prisoners of war came in on the cars from Strasbourg”

Item description: Entry from the diary of Newton Wallace, Company I, 27th Massachusetts Volunteers, describing Confederate prisoners of war coming in on a train from “Strasbourg” (presumably, this is Strasburg, Virginia) while on duty in Virginia. Wallace’s entry from 10 … Continue reading

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6 June 1862: “…Governor Stanly has not been instructed by the government to prevent the education of children, white or black, in the State of North Carolina.”

Item description: This document, which was ordered to be printed by the United States House of Representatives, is a compilation of documents related to “the authority and action of the Hon. Edward Stanly, military governor of North Carolina.” It includes … Continue reading

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28 May 1862: “‘Of course you are aware,’ said the Governor, ‘that the laws of the State make the opening of such schools a criminal offence.’”

Item description: This transcript, which details a conversation about schools for recently freed slaves in occupied North Carolina between Edward Stanly, Military Governor of North Carolina, and Vincent Colyer, Superintendent of the Poor under Union General Burnside, is extracted from … Continue reading

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8 May 1862: “On Patroll Guard. had a fuss with some Germans. Wounded 1 & took 16 prisoners also 4 women”

Item description: Entry from the diary of Newton Wallace, Company I, 27th Massachusetts Volunteers, detailing an incident while on patrol in Alexandria, Va. Item citation: Diary commencing Oct. 14, 1861 – ending Sept. 20th, 1863 / Newton Wallace, VCC970.742 W19d, … Continue reading

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3 May 1862: “…the People here appear to be quite southern in opinion but dare not exactly express their views on account of Northern troops.”

Item description: A written description of Alexandria, Virginia, dated 3 May 1862, from the diary of Newton Wallace, Company I, 27th Massachusetts Volunteers. Wallace discusses the physical appearance of the town, Virginia’s climate, the political views and work habits of … Continue reading

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19 April 1862: Illustrations of the Civil War in Eastern North Carolina

Item description: Illustrations from Harper’s Weekly, 19 April 1862, p. 252. [Bottom Right] Craven County, New Bern, N.C. “Removal of the wounded to Newbern hospital.” 1862. Harper’s Weekly, April 19, 1862, p. 252. Neg. 80-400. NCC vault FFCC970.73 B96. [Top … Continue reading

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14 March 1862: “Battle of Fort Thompson NC March 14, 1862″

Item description: Pictorial envelope depicting military action at Fort Thompson, located along the Neuse River, during the Battle of New Bern (North Carolina). Item citation: “Battle of Fort Thompson NC March 14, 1862,” [Envelopes]. [S.l. : s.n., 186-?-18--?] VCC970.7 C58, … Continue reading

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13 March 1862: Sketch showing the route to Newbern, pursued by the Burnside Expedition, March 13, & 14, 1862

Item description: This map is included with Major General J. G. Foster’s report to the Joint Committee on The Conduct of the War, a Congressional oversight committee set up in 1861. Although Foster’s report was published in 1866, the map … Continue reading

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6 February 1862: Sketch Showing Route of the Burnside Expedition

Item description: This map is included with Major General J. G. Foster’s report to the Joint Committee on The Conduct of the War, a Congressional oversight committee set up in 1861. Although Foster’s report was published in 1866, the map … Continue reading

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