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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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5 June 1863: “I think that if I was a lawyer I would argue that extortioners are beyond the law, not entitled to its protections, and every one has a right to help himself from their possessions.”

Item description: Letter, 5 June 1863, from Lafayette McLaws to his brother William Raymond McLaws (1819-1880). Item citation: From folder 7 in the Lafayette McLaws Papers, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Item transcription: Raccoon Ford on … Continue reading

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4 June 1863: “The main purpose of the expedition is to destroy the foundry, where it is said shot, shell, guns, and other instruments of rebellion are manufactured.”

Item description: Report, dated 4 June 1863, by Major General Erasmus D. Keyes regarding an expedition to destroy a Confederate foundry on the Mattapony River near Walkerton, Virginia. To read more from the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in … Continue reading

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21 May 1863: “I have seen the battle field of Chancelorsville and I am inclined to think that it has been greatly exaggerated…”

Item description: Letter, 21 May 1863, from John A. Ramsay to Julius D. Ramsay. John A. Ramsay of Salisbury, N.C., was captain of the Rowan Artillery, later Company D, 10th North Carolina Artillery Regiment, which served with the Army of … Continue reading

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17 May 1863: “Say nothing about my writing so it will get out publicly. If I attempt it, I want it put through”

Item Description: Letter, 17 May 1863, Robert W. Parker to  to his wife, Rebecca Louise Fitzhugh Walker Parker, about possibly finding a substitute for him in the war. Parker served in the 2nd Virginia Cavalry of the Confederate States of America … Continue reading

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5 May 1863: “We met the yank’s 8 miles above Fredericksberg, and had a morning fight … in which we killed a great many yankees with but slight loss on our side.”

Item Description: Letter, 5 May 1863, from JD Joyner to his mother, Julia Joyner, recounting events surrounding the battle of Chancellorsville. Members of the Joyner family were planters and professionals from Franklin County, North Carolina. While William Joyner worked at the Department of … Continue reading

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27 March 1863: “It has been charged by both the ignorant and the evil-disposed against the people of our faith, that the Israelite does not fight in the battles of his country!”

Item description: This pamphlet contains a sermon delivered by Reverend M. J. Michelbacher of the Beth Ahabah Synagogue in Richmond, Virginia. In it he refutes claims that the Jewish people of the South are not actively supporting the Confederate cause … Continue reading

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19 February 1863: “…you can, cooperating with General Foster’s land force, destroy the rebel ironclads building on the rivers…”

Item description: “Order of Acting Rear-Admiral Lee, U. S. Navy, to Commander Murray, U. S. Navy, to cooperate with land force for the destruction of Confederate ironclads under construction.” To read more from the Official Records of the Union and … Continue reading

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23 January 1863: “so my commission into the staff of General Stuart is at an end. It is with great regret that I leave him.”

Item description: Letter, 23 January 1863, from William W. Blackford, near Orange Court House, Va., to William M. Blackford, expressing his regrets at leaving Gen. Jeb Stuart’s staff. Item citation: From folder 84 in the Blackford Family Papers #1912, Southern Historical Collection, The … Continue reading

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9 January 1863: “I havent opened my snack yet”

Item description: Letter, dated 9 January 1863, from Robert W. Parker, describing rejoining the Army of the Northern Virginia in Spotsylvania County, Virginia. Parker was born in 1838 in Pittsylvania County, Va. His father, Ammon H. Parker, and mother, Frances Goggin Parker, eventually … Continue reading

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