Tag Archives: Virginia

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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1 January 1863: “Today is the period fixed for Mr. Lincoln’s unwise and unconstitutional emancipation proclamation…Thousands of the Poor deluded Negroes have left their homes…”

Item Description: Rev. Overton Bernard depicts the impact of the Emancipation Proclamation on the enslaved African Americans. Item citation: From folder 2 of the Overton and Jesse Bernard Diaries #62-z,  Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Item transcription: … Continue reading

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30 December 1862: “Let me know whether I can get ten bunches (bales we call them) of cotton…”

Item Description:  Letter, 30 December 1862, from John R. Wilson to J.&J. H. Webb.  James Webb (20 February 1774-17 February 1855), physician of Hillsborough, Orange County, N.C., a founder of the North Carolina State Medical Society, Presbyterian educational leader and … Continue reading

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15 December 1862: “It is my painful duty to write you a few lines informing you of the death of your son, cousin Benjamin N. Long.”

Item description: Letter, 15 December 1862, from James W. Jones to his uncle John Long informing him of the death of his son, Benjamin N. Long. The Long family of Alamance County, N.C., included John Long and Letitia R. Long … Continue reading

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27 October 1862: “Four companies of infantry sent down here on the steamer Belvidere have mutinied and refuse to leave the boat.”

Item description: Telegrams, dated 27 October 1862, between Brigadier General H.H. Lockwood and Acting Rear Admiral S.P. Lee, concerning an apparent mutiny of Union soldiers at Drummondtown, Va. To read more from the Official Records of the Union and Confederate … Continue reading

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19 October 1862: “it is with a heavy and sorrowful heart, to inform you that I am at Richmond, wounded & am also in bad health…”

Item description: Letter, 19 October 1862, from William A. Collins, private in Company C, 48th North Carolina Infantry Regiment, to his parents in Statesville, N.C. More about William A. Collins: William A. Collins of Statesville, N.C., was born into a … Continue reading

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