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25 August 1862: “Every night she suffers terrors for fear of an attack by the rebels.”

Item description: Diary entry from Laura Towne, dated 25 August 1862. [Transcription available below images]  

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23 August 1862: “He came too, to take away slaves. He wanted two especially – Rina, who was washer and ironer for the family, and the childs nurse called Bella…”

Image description: Entry, dated 23 August 1862, from the diary of Laura Towne. Towne (1825-1901) came to St. Helena as part of the Port Royal Relief Group of Pennsylvania, an abolitionist group that came to Beaufort, S.C. and the surrounding … Continue reading

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10 August 1862: “Mr. Green has been in two battles lately, came out of both uninjured.”

Item description: Diary entry from Sarah Lois Wadley, dated 10 August 1862. [Transcription available below images]   Item citation: From the Sarah Lois Wadley Papers, #1258, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Item transcription: … Continue reading

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18 July 1862: “I never the happiness of peace until I felt the bitterness, the weariness of war, now the peaceful seems to as a dream…”

Item description: Diary entry from Sarah Lois Wadley, dated 18 July 1862. In this entry, Wadley recounts seeing cavalry from Texas, and her personal emotional burdens dealing with the war. [Transcription available below images]  Item citation: From the Sarah Lois … Continue reading

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13 July 1862: “Noble Vicksburg, I am proud of her, she still holds out, though the large Yankee fleet before the city is constantly bombarding her”

Item description: From the diary of Sarah Lois Wadley, 13 July 1862. In this entry, Wadley talks about the battle of Vicksburg and about hearing reports of formerly enslaved African Americans in Union camps that want to return to their … Continue reading

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13 June 1862: “Mrs. Morris & Mrs. Greenhow have arrived here at last from their Wash’n Prison…”

Item description: Letter, 13 June 1862, from Edward Porter Alexander to his wife. The letter includes a brief mention of Rose Greenhow and Augusta Morris, Confederate women spies. [Transcription available below images.] Item citation: From folder 11 of the Edward … Continue reading

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8 June 1862: “that infamous proclamation of Gen. Butler’s was issued in consequence of the ladies of New Orleans have sent back the cards sent to them by Mrs. Butler!”

Item description: Entry, 8 June 1862, from the diary of Sarah Lois Wadley. She records news of the war and comments on Union Gen. Benjamin Butler’s infamous General Order No. 28 (the so-called “Woman’s Order”). Item citation: In the Sarah … Continue reading

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1 June 1862: “This is the first day of summer, a summer which promises to bring sadness to us, evils thicken around, and the clouds are no longer gathering, they seem about to burst…”

Item description: Entry, dated 1 June 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

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23 May 1862: “Men of the south! Shall our mothers, our wives, our daughters and sisters, be thus outraged by the ruffianly soldiers of the North, to whom is given the right to treat, at their pleasure, the ladies of the South as common harlots?”

Item description: The Wilmington Daily Journal of 23 May 1862 included this compilation of material related to General Benjamin F. Butler’s General Order No. 28. Declaring that “ladies of New Orleans” who “shall, by word, gesture or movement, insult or … Continue reading

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18 May 1862: “Horace came out of the skirmish safe, but was killed by a sentinel whom he, himself, had put upon guard and told to shoot any one who came near.”

Item description: Entry, dated 18 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

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