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4 May 1864: “Why then does he wait for Grant to gather his strength?”

Item description: In this letter, Thomas L. Norwood, wrote from Richmond, Va., to his uncle Walter W. Lenoir, catching him up on news of the 37th North Carolina Troops, Company A. Norwood reported on the prosecution of the case against … Continue reading

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15 January 1864: “Our best protections will be our poverty and bad roads…”

Item description: In this letter dated 15 January 1864, Walter Waightstill Lenoir (1823-1890) wrote from Crab Orchard in Watauga County, N.C., to his mother, Selina Louisa Avery Lenoir (1783-1864) in Fort Defiance, Caldwell County, N.C., about the weather and its … Continue reading

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20 July 1863: “Safe at Uncle Williams in Richmond, wounded in the left shoulder, but not severely and doing first rate!”

Item Description: Letter, 20 July 1863, from Laura Norwood to her uncle, Walter Waightstill Lenoir. In it, Laura relates the details of a letter from her cousin, Thomas “Tom” L. Norwood, who was serving in the war, and briefly mentions the … Continue reading

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20 April 1863: “I feel thankful that I got out so well and safely, and that I have so beautiful a time to commence living at my new home in the woods.”

Item description: Letter, 20 April 1863, from Walter W. Lenoir to his mother, Selina Louisa Avery Lenoir (1783-1864). Item citation: From the Lenoir Family Papers, #426, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Item transcription: * Get some … Continue reading

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8 April 1863: “My leg is finished at last, and I have been using it for over a week. It is, I suppose, as good as they make ‘em,’ but it is a wretched substitute for the one that I left in Virginia.”

Item description: Letter, dated 8 April 1863, from Walter W. Lenoir to his brother Thomas I. Lenoir. Item citation: From folder 151 of the Lenoir Family Papers, #426, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Item transcription: [“Tucker’s … Continue reading

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4 March 1863: “Every day of my experience in teaching adds to my firm conviction that, if faithfully done, ‘t’is the most laborious of all employments…”

Item description: Letter, 4 March 1863, from Thomas L. Norwood to uncle Walter Waightstill Lenoir about how uncomfortable Thomas was with the idea of being a teacher like others in his family. Item citation: From the Lenoir Family Papers, #426, Southern Historical Collection, … Continue reading

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11 February 1863: “I find myself disappointed upon inquiring as the the efficiency of the artificial legs, and will have to make up my mind to be a worse cripple than I had hoped for.”

Item description: Letter, 11 February 1863, from Walter Lenoir to his brother Thomas Isaac Lenoir. Item citation: From folder 151 of the Lenoir Family Papers, #426, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Item transcription: [Thos. I. Lenoir] Tucker’s … 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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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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2 July 1861: “It looks like making a mashup of my business here, but it wont do to look back now.”

Item description: Letter, 2 July 1861, from Thomas Isaac Lenoir to Walter Waightstill Lenoir about raising a volunteer company. [Item transcription available below images.] Item citation: From folder 145 of the Lenoir Family Papers #426, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, … Continue reading

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