Tag Archives: Wilmington

9 December 1862: “They will allow no negroes to pass out of town with or without passes.”

Item description:  Special order 30, dated 9 December 1862, relating to impressment of slave labor. Item citation:  From the T. L. Clingman Papers, #157, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Item transcription: Head Quarters Wilmington, … Continue reading

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6 December 1862 “The Board will meet at your Head Quarters at 10 Oclock AM tomorrow for the examination of Officers of your command”

Item description: Orders, 6 December 1862, from Head Quarters in Wilmington to Brigadier General Thomas Lanier Clingman. More about Thomas Lanier Clingman: T. L. (Thomas Lanier) Clingman (1812-1897) was a businessman; mountain explorer; legislator for North Carolina and the United … Continue reading

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3 December 1862: “The captain of the said schooner acknowledges his intention of running the blockade.”

Item description: “Report of Commander Parker, U. S. Navy, regarding the chase of the schooner Brilliant and the capture of the schooner Emma Tuttle. To read more from the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War … Continue reading

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19 November 1862: “I have to-day sent over to Charleston three negroes belonging to Nassau, West Indies. They formed part of a crew of a small schooner which, loaded with salt, was endeavoring to run the blockade…”

Item description: Report of Brigadier-General Whiting, C. S. Army, commanding defenses of Cape Fear River. To read more from the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, click here. Item citation: Official records … Continue reading

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15 November 1862: “. . . when lo ! what did he hold in his hand but a wig.”

Item Description: excerpt from The New York Herald, 15 November 1862, page 1, column 3. Transcription: IMPORTANT FROM NORTH CAROLINA. General Foster’s Recent Movements and Their Results. The Losses Sustained by the Union Troops. THE TAR RIVER NAVAL EXPEDITION. Destruction … Continue reading

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5 November 1862: “We know as a fact, that there were eleven white persons buried yesterday – ten at Oakdale Cemetery…”

Item description: Selected articles from the 5 November 1862 issue of the Weekly State Journal (Raleigh, N.C.), all relating to the yellow fever epidemic raging in the city of Wilmington, N.C. Item citation: Selected articles, Weekly State Journal, 5 November 1862. Raleigh, … Continue reading

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1 November 1862: “Nine States in the Black Confederacy will hold elections on the 4th of this month…”

Item description: A broadside printed on 1 November 1862 by the Wilmington (N.C.) Daily Journal. The document reports on an outbreak of yellow fever in the Wilmington area, Halloween, elections and other news from the North, reports of England’s and … Continue reading

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23 October 1862: “Alas, I am sorry to say many are interred without even a prayer!”

Item description: Letter, 23 October 1862, from Henry Drane, Wilmington, N.C., to Mary Lindsay Hargrave Foxhall (1840-1911) about the yellow fever epidemic raging in the city. Item citation: From folder 1 of the Foxhall Family Papers #4531, Southern Historical Collection, The … Continue reading

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16 October 1862: “Some of our best men pass off daily.”

Transcription (partial): The Fever. The physicians report 86 new cases of Yellow Fever yesterday.  Few make reports of deaths, but from the best information we can obtain we are led to the belief that the deaths yesterday (Wednesday) will not … Continue reading

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5 October 1862: “Colonel Shaw’s body servant says the troops have left, and are in the vicinity of Wilmington, on account of yellow fever. The conscripts are from 14 to 50 years old. Many of them ran away.”

Item description: “Report of Acting Rear-Admiral Lee, U. S. Navy, regarding affairs in and about Wilmington, N. C., and the inefficiency of the blockade.” The report discusses naval actions near Wilmington, North Carolina, including reports of contraband, blockade activities, a … Continue reading

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