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30 March 1864: “The weather continues cold, uncomfortable and equinoctial.”

Item: “News” (editorial), The Daily Journal (Wilmington, N. C.), 30 March 1864, page 2, column 1.  This editorial column discusses the lack of news, the “temporary lull in the storm of war,” the editors’ opinion on the political relationship between … Continue reading

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21 March 1864: “So by Father’s request I now write to inform you of the result of last Saturday’s election which terminated in you being elected.”

Item Description: Letter dated 21 March 1864 from Maggie Espey to her brother, Joseph Espey. In it, Maggie discusses Joseph’s victory in a local election, potentially getting him excused from his military duty as a result, the weather, her parents’ activities, … Continue reading

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19 March 1864: “I have never yet met any of the negro soldiers and hope I never may.”

Item Description:  Letter, dated 19 March 1864, written by James Augustus Graham. James Graham served in the 27th North Carolina Infantry Regiment, Confederate States of America and lived until 1908. [Transcription available below images.] Item Citation: From the James Augustus Graham Papers, #00283, … 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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7 January 1864: “I wish our Ladies Solidiers Aid Society in Hillsboro would make about fifty prs of gloves for our Company as very few of the men have gloves and they would be very acceptable such weather as this especially on picket.”

Item description: Letter, dated 7 January 1864, from James A. Graham to his mother. Item citation: From the James A. Graham Papers #00283, Southern Historical Collection,The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Item transcription: Camp 27th No. Ca. Inf’y near … Continue reading

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4 January 1864: “There was a most horrid murder perpetrated in Monroe the other day; Mr. Baker’s little son, only seven years old was riding through town attended by a negro boy when he was shot through the head and instantly killed…”

Item description: Entry, dated 4 January 1864, from the diary of Sarah Lois Wadley, which includes details about the murder of a young boy in Monroe, La., by a Mexican member of a Texas regiment. More about Sarah Lois Wadley: Sarah Lois … Continue reading

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3 January 1864: “Tha have cut our rashions down to a quarter of a pound of bacon and one pound of flower…”

Item description: Letter, dated 3 January 1863, from Jesse Miller to William and Mary Proffit of Wilkes County, NC.  He describes sickness, cold weather, and food rations in his camp. [transcription available below images] Item citation: From folder 4 in … Continue reading

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18 December 1863: “…you will in a short time receive the settlement of your brother’s affairs…”

Item description: Letter, dated 18 December 1863, from James J. Iredell to William S. Pettigrew.  The letter discusses arrangements relating to the financial accounts of Pettigrew’s late brother, James Johnston Pettigrew, specifically his pay from the Confederate army, and conditions … Continue reading

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16 December 1863: “The creeks will surely reach the highest water mark this time.”

Item Description: Diary entry, dated 16 December 1863, from the Samuel A. Agnew Diary.  He discusses extraordinary rainfall and a lack of news of the war. [transcription available below image] Item Citation: From folder 9 of the Samuel A. Agnew … Continue reading

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14 October 1863: “The President has been here for some time…”

Item Description: Letter, dated 14 October 1863, from Lafayette McLaws to his wife.  He discusses a visit from President Jefferson Davis, family affairs, weather, and troop movements. [transcription available below images] Item citation: From folder 8 of the Lafayette McLaws … Continue reading

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