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18 October 1862: “I am very short of Officers. I haven’t a single field or staff officer present.”

Item description: Letter, 18 October 1862, from Colonel Isaac E. Avery, 6th Regiment N.C. State Troops, to his sister, Laura, Morganton, Burke County, N.C. In the letter Avery discusses vaccinations, promotions among his surgeons, and the movements of Branch’s Brigade, … Continue reading

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17 October 1862: “I, who always tryed to shirk everything in name of work, had to hatch up something to do, so I hit upon the plan of making a set of chessmen, I have whittled out quite a number out of Black Walnut…”

Item description: Letter, 17 October 1862, from William H. Broughton to his father. More about William H. Broughton: William H. Broughton mustered into the Union Army on 4 August 1862 and was later made captain of Company D, 16th Maine … Continue reading

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12 October 1862: “what white people you meet give you a wide berth for fear of contaminating themselves by touching a yankee…”

Item description: Letter, 12 October 1862, from Union soldier Stephen Tippet Andrews to his beloved, Margaret (Maggie) Little. In this letter, Andrews describes his journey from Newport News to Suffolk, Va., commenting on the condition of the cities of Norfolk and … Continue reading

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6 October 1862: “as fair as I no our side has nothing to brag of our men is out of hart”

Item description: Letter, 6 October 1862, from Confederate soldier Eli Fogleman to his wife, Lucy B. Staley. Fogleman enlisted in Company K, 5th Regiment North Carolina Cavalry, C.S.A., in Guilford County, N.C. On 4 May 1863, Fogleman was taken prisoner … Continue reading

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28 September 1862: “I believe it would take a hundred pound shell through the top of my tent top to make me make a quick move.”

Item description: Letter, 28 September 1862, from Union soldier Stephen Tippet Andrews to his beloved, Margaret (Maggie) Little. Stephen Tippet Andrews enlisted in the 85th New York Infantry Regiment on 26 August 1861. He helped organize Company F, and was mustered … Continue reading

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26 September 1862: “Walter’s right leg was cut off about six inches below the knee… That leg was struck three times by musket OR rifle balls”

Item description: Letter, 26 September 1862, from Thomas I. Lenoir to his wife Lizzie. Lenoir writes of visiting his brother Walter Lenoir and nephew Tom Norwood, both wounded at the Second Battle of Bull Run. Item citation: From the Lenoir Family Papers … Continue reading

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25 September 1862: “scarce do my thoughts wander to my loved ere they wander to my little teaze.”

Item description: Letter, dated 25 September 1862, from J. Smith DuShane (Pat), a sergeant in Company K of the 100th Pennsylvania Infantry Regiment, to his ‘beloved’; The letter describes how he was wounded at 2nd Bull Run on 29 Aug. 1862. Item … Continue reading

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7 September 1862: “We left the Rappahannock two weeks ago to-morrow, and such a week as the first was has no parallel in the war.”

Item description: Letter, dated 7 September 1862, as collected and published in Memoir and Memorials (The Neale Publishing Co., 1907), a memoir of Elisha Franklin Paxton. Elisha Franklin Paxton was born in Rockbridge County, Virginia in 1828. He studied at Washington … Continue reading

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6 September 1862: “I lost my right leg below the knee in the heavy skirmish on Monday 1st inst. and am now at Middleburg…”

Item description: Letter, 6 September 1862, from Walter Waightstill Lenoir, captain of Company A of the 37th North Carolina Infantry Regiment, to his brother Rufus Lenoir. Walter writes to tell his brother that he has been wounded at the Battle of Chantilly (Ox … Continue reading

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31 August 1862: “where now the brave sons from every loyal state lay cold and rigid in the embrace of death, or fate still worse…”

Item description: Entry, dated 31 August 1862, from the diary of William Penn Lloyd (1837-1911) of Lisbon, Pa., 1st Lieutenant, A.A.G., First Regiment Pennsylvania Reserve Calvary during the Civil War. In this entry, a continuation of his 29 August and 30 August … Continue reading

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