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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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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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