Tag Archives: Western Theater

18 May 1864: “Our Indian allies, under Stand Watie and others, who have never wavered in the darkest hours of our struggle, who have sacrificed their all to the great cause of Southern liberty, will ever be gratefully remembered…”

Item description: The Hillsborough Recorder of 18 May 1864 included this news item from the Richmond Enquirer of 5 May 1864. The excerpts are from letters describing a battle between General Stand Watie and the 1st Indian Brigade of the … Continue reading

Posted in North Carolina Collection | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off

5 April 1864: “Capt. McCloskey reports the “Falls City” ready for sinking this afternoon…”

Item description: Report, dated 5 April 1864, sent by General Richard Taylor to his superior General Edmund Kirby Smith. The report details Confederate troop strength at this point in the Red River Campaign. [Item transcription available below images.] Item citation: From folder … Continue reading

Posted in Southern Historical Collection | Tagged , , , , , | Comments Off

6 May 1863: “List of Negroes working on the fortifications at Fort Pemberton”

Item description: “List of Negroes working on the fortifications at Fort Pemberton,” dated 6 May 1863. Fort Pemberton was a Confederate fortification constructed on a narrow strip of land between the Tallahatchie and Yazoo Rivers, near Greenwood, Mississippi. Item citation: From … Continue reading

Posted in Southern Historical Collection | Tagged , , , , , | Comments Off

4 May 1862: “…he knew still less how to surrender a city filled with women and children and unarmed citizens; the city was at their mercy…”

Item description: Entry, dated 4 May 1862, from the diary of Sarah Wadley. More about Sarah Lois Wadley: Sarah Lois Wadley was born in 1844 in New Hampshire, the daughter of railroad superintendent William Morrill Wadley (1813-1882) and Rebecca Barnard … Continue reading

Posted in Southern Historical Collection | Tagged , , , , , , | Comments Off

24 April 1862: “the report is that some of the gun boats have passed the forts, & that there is every probability that the Federals or rather Lincolnites will be able to get up to the city.”

Item description: Letter, dated 24 April 1862, from Frances Devereux Polk to her husband Leonidas Polk, major general in the Army of Mississippi, about the imminent capture of the city of New Orleans. The letter comes a few weeks after … Continue reading

Posted in Southern Historical Collection | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Comments Off