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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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17 July 1862: “The coffin was wrapped with the flag & two handsome wreaths upon it.”

Item description: Letter, 17 July 1862, from Ann Claypole Meares to Catherine Douglass DeRosset Meares, the widow of Col. Gaston Meares (3rd. North Carolina Infantry Regiment). Col. Meares was killed on 1 July 1862 at the Battle of Malvern Hill. … Continue reading

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1 July 1862: “…McClellan is reported mortally wounded. His army is fighting for existence. It is at bay and desperate.”

Item description: The Wilmington Daily Journal of 1 July 1862 included this update of action near Richmond, Virginia. Containing an erroneous report of Union General George B. McClellan’s mortal wound, the article presents a somewhat upbeat outlook on what would … Continue reading

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28 June 1862: “THE RICHMOND BATTLE — ENEMY DEFEATED — THEY BURN THEIR STORES — CONFEDERATE SUCCESS — OUR WOUNDED ARRIVING — YORK RIVER RAILROAD AND BATTERIES CAPTURED — NO PRISONERS REPORTED”

Item description: The Wilmington Daily Journal of 28 June 1862 included this report, received by telegraph, of military action around Richmond, Virginia. The article was published on the fourth day of the Seven Days Battles. Item citation: The Daily Journal. … Continue reading

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26 June 1862: “Our own opinion, from the best information we can obtain, is that the contest at Richmond will be decided within the next forty-eight hours.”

Item description: Newspaper article, “The Armies at Richmond,” from the 26 June 1862 issue of The Wilmington (N.C.) Daily Journal. The article was published on the second day of the Seven Days Battles. Item citation: The Daily Journal. 24 June … Continue reading

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16 June 1862: “By landing above us they can have no difficulty in cutting us off. Of course this Should not be mentioned by you living where you do.”

Item description: Letter, 16 June 1862, from Francis Wilder Bird to his sister, Mrs. Patrick Henry Winston, concerning the Eleventh Regiment’s movement from Camp Davis to Camp Wyatt, the tolerable but ultimately inadequate fortifications at Fort Fisher, and enemy fire … Continue reading

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10 June 1862: “…i Did not know whare you ware my Dear mis i that the few Lines may find you well…”

Item description: Letter, 10 June 1862, from William Henry Thurber, a slave owned by the DeRosset family of Wilmington, N.C. Item citation: From the DeRosset Family Papers #214, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. … Continue reading

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