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2 October 1862: “Their is act past in this state for one fourth of the negros to go to charleston by the 10th of this month to bild fortifications and stay 30 days.”

Item description: Letter dated 2 October 1862 from A. M. Wallace, the overseer at a plantation near Gaston and Lincoln counties, N.C., to William A. Graham. Wallace sought Graham’s advice on several matters. He wanted guidance on how to manage … Continue reading

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29 September 1862: “Our Reg’t went into the fight with 299 men and 26 officers, were engaged for 7 hours and lost 87 men & 16 officers killed & wounded.”

Item description: Letter, 29 September 1862, from James A. Graham, third lieutenant in the “Orange Guard,” Company G, 27th Regiment N.C. Troops, to his father William A. Graham. Item citation: From the James Augustus Graham Papers, #283, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson … Continue reading

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20 September 1862: “the legislature, if convened, would be cramped & hampered by the forms of the Constitution…”

Item transcription: Letter, 20 September 1862, from Weldon Nathaniel Edwards, Ridgeway, N.C., to William Alexander Graham, Hillsboro, N.C. The letter concerns the prospect of convening, in late 1862, a legislative convention in North Carolina. Edwards served as the president of the … Continue reading

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15 September 1862: “the ronaways is plenty in this naber hood…”

Item description: Letter, 15 September 1862, from Milton McGahey to William A. Graham. It is believed that McGahey was acting as overseer for one of Graham’s plantations at the time of the letter. He reports on the condition of crops … Continue reading

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9 September 1862: “Your Father had a fall from his horse last Thursday which has confined him to his room ever since.”

Item description: Letter, 9 September 1862, from Susannah Washington Graham (1816-1890) to one of her sons (believed to be George Washington Graham, who was born in 1847). Mrs. Graham sends news about various members of the Graham family, including a … Continue reading

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17 August 1862: “The state of my health renders it absolutely necessary that I should rest at home as long as possible before the inauguration.”

Item description: Letter, 17 August 1862, from Governor-elect Zebulon B. Vance to former North Carolina governor, William A. Graham (governor from 1845 to 1849). Vance was elected in August 1862, running as the candidate from the Conservative Party. His victory … Continue reading

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16 July 1862: “…if this plan is carried out we will have nothing but a military government in a few years from which the Lord deliver me from ever seeing”

Item description: Letter, 16 July 1862, from Elijah Graves Faucett, a private from Orange County, N.C., in the 6th North Carolina Infantry stationed near Richmond, to William Alexander Graham, a former governor of North Carolina who had opposed secession until … Continue reading

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11 July 1861: “I have no books with me except those you sent me some time ago…”

Item description: Letter, 11 July 1861, from James A. Graham to his father William A. Graham. In the letter, Graham comments further on the status of his enlistment (continuing an idea from a letter of 8 July 1861). Graham also … Continue reading

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8 July 1861: ” As President Davis will not receive any more 12 month Volunteers our company must either volunteer for the war or be disbanded on the 20th of August.”

Item description: Letter, 8 July 1861, from James A. Graham (1841-1909) to his father William A. Graham, a former United States senator and governor of North Carolina. In this letter, James Graham writes to get his father’s blessing to continue … Continue reading

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18 May 1861: “The difficulties of these times…”

Item description:  In this letter, UNC President David Swain alerts Graham that the school’s University Magazine would suspend its publication, due in large part to the increasingly low numbers of student staffers. Swain also urges Graham to appeal to state law.       … Continue reading

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