Tag Archives: Wilmington

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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3 October 1862: “My Dear mis I rite you a few Lines for to Let you Know how we ar i hav Bin Sick all this week But am gitting Better…”

Item description: These two letters, both dated 3 October 1862, were written by two enslaved individuals owned by the DeRosset Family of Wilmington, N.C., William Thurber (who later became a minister) and Bella DeRosset. Both write about sickness among other … Continue reading

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3 September 1862: “The paper of the counterfeit is whiter, stiffer, and better than the genuine.”

Item description: Article, “Counterfeit Confederate Notes,” from the 3 September 1862 issue of the Wilmington (N.C.) Daily Journal. The article provides “tests for distinguishing the genuine notes… from the spurious.” Item citation: “Counterfeit Confederate Notes,”The Daily Journal (Wilmington, N.C.), 3 … Continue reading

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12 August 1862: “They would be of great-service here enabling me to assist vessels running the blockade and drive off the blockaders.”

Item description: Letter, 12 August 1862, from Col. George A. Cunningham, Commandant of Fort Caswell (N.C.), to Col. Collett Leventhorpe, colonel of the 11th North Carolina (and in charge of the defenses for the District of Wilmington). Item citation: From … Continue reading

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11 August 1862: “the sentinels through whose neglect or the officer through whose orders it is done, shall be tried by drum head court martial and shot without mercy…”

Item description: General Orders, No. 1, from Head Quarters of the Bridge Guards, Wilmington, N.C. Item citation: From folder 2 of the T. L. Clingman Papers, #157, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. … Continue reading

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