Tag Archives: Virginia

3 December 1863: “…a few days will certainly determine the course of the winter’s campaign.”

Item description: Letter, dated 3 December 1863, from Stephen D. Ramseur to his wife, Ellen Richmond Ramseur.  He describes engagements in Virginia and a Union retreat that may have been part of the Mine Run campaign. [transcription available below images] … Continue reading

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2 December 1863: “They burned and sacked houses, tanyards & blacksmith shops, broke open smoke houses, carried off Mr. Horace Lacy’s library and committed havoc generally.”

Item description: Entry, dated 2 December 1863, from the Civil War diary of Peter W. Hairston. Item citation: From the Peter Wilson Hairston Papers #299, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Item transcription: Dec. … Continue reading

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30 November 1863: “Praying that I may come out unhurt and that God will spare me to return home [...]“

Item description: Letter, dated 30 November 1863, from James A. Graham to his mother, Susannah Sarah Washington Graham.  He writes from the “line of battle” in Virginia, describing maneuvers and engagements of the Mine Run Campaign. Item citation: From folder … Continue reading

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15 November 1863: “I am well aware that an escape from prison is attended with much difficulty as well as danger.”

Item description: Entry from a diary kept by Willard W. Glazier, who enlisted as a private in the “2nd Regiment of N. Y. Cavalry (Harris Light)” early in the war. He was captured by soldiers of the Confederate Army on … Continue reading

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10 November 1863: Union general Benjamin F. Butler assumes command of the Department of Virginia and North Carolina

Item Description: Envelope (ca. 1860s?) showing a map of eastern North Carolina and southeastern Virginia, and a portrait of General Benjamin F. Butler, U. S. Army. On November 10, 1863, General Butler assumed command of the Department of Virginia and … Continue reading

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28 September 1863: “Lieutenant-Commander Gillis reported that ‘the blockade running in Mobjack Bay had been effectually stopped by placing the schooner Samuel Rotan at the mouth of York River.’”

Item description: “Report of Captain Gansevoort, U. S. Navy.” In this document, Captain Guert Gansevoort reports to Gideon Welles, Secretary of the Navy (United States), on naval actions and blockade running around Mobjack Bay (between the York and Rappahannock Rivers), … Continue reading

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27 September 1863: “It would be almost unspeakable joy to me to know that peace was made and I could return home again…”

Item Description:  Letter dated 27 September 1863, from John Fuller Coghill to his sister Mildred Coghill, describing movements and counter-movements of the 23rd Regiment N.C. troops, as well as his encounter with “Yankee” pickets. Item Citation:  Letter dated 27 September … Continue reading

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5 September 1863: “I bought the reader at the time she wrote but could not find the other books. I have since found it and it is the only one to be found in Richmond”

Item description: Letter, 5 September 1863, from William Henry Joyner Jr., to his mother Julia Joyner. William writes from Richmond and describes the availability of various goods in the city, noting especially the high price of books. Item Citation: From folder 13 … Continue reading

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19 July 1863: “We had a separate Battle at a town called Gettysburg. Our Regt lost a hundred and ten men …”

Item description: Letter, dated 19 July 1863, from John Hundley to his wife Sally Hundley.  In this letter, Hundley describes his regiment’s march into Pennsylvania and retreat into Virginia following the battle of Gettysburg.  John Hundley served in Company C … Continue reading

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1 July 1863: “Heard along the line that there was a fight going on at Gettysburg and that Genl Reynolds was killed.”

Item Description: Diary entry, 1 July 1863, written by Levi J. Fritz, describing his regiment’s march toward the Battle of Gettysburg. Fritz served in the 53rd Pennsylvania Infantry Regiment during the Civil War and wrote the regiment’s song, “My 53rd.”. He … Continue reading

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