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9 December 1864: ” we keep very warm and comfortable as this is a small church and has a large fireplace at each end.”

Item Description: Letter from John W. Davis to his mother.  He describes his efforts to find his unit, the Topographical Engineers, around Wytheville, VA.  He also describes his unit’s camp in a church in Wytheville. Item Citation: Folder 30 in … Continue reading

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1 November 1864: “Camp on the Appomattox”

Item Description: Sketch of a camp on the Appomattox near Petersburg, VA. Item Citation: From Folder 36 of the John S. Henderson Papers, #327, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Item Transcription: Camp … Continue reading

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30 September 1864: “We checked the Yankees at Port Republic.”

Item Description: Hastily written letter from Stephen D. Ramseur to his wife.  Mentions a Confederate victory at Port Republic and hopes that they will drive the Union forces from the Shenandoah Valley within a few days. Item Citation: Folder 10 … Continue reading

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20 September 1864: “The bloodiest battle I have ever witnessed”

Item Description: A detailed letter from John Paris to his wife describing The Third Battle of Winchester. Citation: From Folder 5, in the John Paris Papers #575, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Transcription:  Strasburg, … Continue reading

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9 August 1864: “it is as delightful to be free of that anxious, terrible dread of them”

Item Description:  Letter from M. S. Seawell to his cousin Nanny from The Shelter.  He writes about how he misses his family and how the people of Gloucester are likely to be forced to live on nothing.  He also mentions … Continue reading

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20 July 1864: “Heavy cannonading was heard in the direction of Petersburg yesterday evening and continued till late last night”

Item Description:  Letter from Henry A. Stokes to his father.  He describes Union cannonading on Petersburg.  He also talks about the weather.  Henry A. Stokes was a private in Lunenburg “Rebel” Virginia Light Artillery Battery. Item Citation: Folder 1 of … Continue reading

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14 June 1864: “We must be prepared for some reverses and some ugly blows at that.”

Item Description: “About Richmond’ (editorial), The Daily Journal (Wilmington, N. C.), 14 June 1864. Transcription: General LEE, for two years past, has exhibited iron endurance, and has kept the field with a constancy almost without parallel. It is known that, … Continue reading

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4 June 1864: “I apprehend from the quietude the enemy has preserved today that he is preparing to leave us tonight, and I fear will cross the Chickahominy.”

Item description: Dispatch, dated 4 June 1864, from Robert E. Lee to Richard H. Anderson, written during the Battle of Cold Harbor. Item Citation: From the Edward Porter Alexander Papers #00007, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Item transcription: … Continue reading

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2 June 1864: “ALL PASSES without exception, that have been given to persons to visit the Banks and fish in the Sounds, are hereby revoked.”

Item description: These are notices that appeared on 2 June 1864 in The Daily Journal of Wilmington, North Carolina. The first notice deals with the passenger lists of ships running the Union blockade, and the second with the revocation of … Continue reading

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29 May 1864: “One colored regiment at each place to hold against great odds these important positions, which the army is fortifying.”

Item description: Sent from Acting Rear-Admiral Samuel Phillips Lee to Gideon Welles, who was U. S. Secretary of Navy, this telegram discusses military movements in the Fort Powhatan and Wilson’s Wharf region of Virginia, especially that of African American Union … Continue reading

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