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6 September 1862: “I lost my right leg below the knee in the heavy skirmish on Monday 1st inst. and am now at Middleburg…”

Item description: Letter, 6 September 1862, from Walter Waightstill Lenoir, captain of Company A of the 37th North Carolina Infantry Regiment, to his brother Rufus Lenoir. Walter writes to tell his brother that he has been wounded at the Battle of Chantilly (Ox … Continue reading

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25 May 1862: “One of the men belonging to the Port Royal received a Minié ball in his leg, making amputation necessary.”

Item description: Report of Commander Smith, U. S. Navy, of a reconnoissance up the James River, May 23, 1862. To read more from the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, click here. … Continue reading

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14 May 1862: “The paper called the Dispatch was surpressed today, suppose the reason was it told the truth too plain.”

Item description: Diary entry, 14 May 1862, describing the Union occupation of Murfreesboro, Tenn., the alleged censorship of a newspaper, care given to two wounded Confederate soldiers, and other news. More about Kate Carney and her Civil War diary: Catherine … Continue reading

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19 April 1862: Illustrations of the Civil War in Eastern North Carolina

Item description: Illustrations from Harper’s Weekly, 19 April 1862, p. 252. [Bottom Right] Craven County, New Bern, N.C. “Removal of the wounded to Newbern hospital.” 1862. Harper’s Weekly, April 19, 1862, p. 252. Neg. 80-400. NCC vault FFCC970.73 B96. [Top … Continue reading

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25 March 1862: “the Generall in Command (Gen Branch) gave orders when he retreated to burn the City & set fires in severall places but the people who did not leave got out the engines & put out the fires.”

Item description: This is the third in a series of four letters, which were written in 1862 by William B. Alexander to his wife Mary F. Alexander.  In this letter, Alexander writes describing his the wound he received during the Battle … Continue reading

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5 January 1862: “…we are not Barbarians, if we are “Rebels”!

Item description: Letter, 5 January 1862, from Jeremy Francis Gilmer, a Major of Engineers in the Confederate States of America Army, to his wife “Loulie,” Louisa Fredericka Alexander Gilmer. Gilmer wrote of the wintry weather and the relative softness and scratchiness … Continue reading

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1 September 1861: “Lewis said with regard to the Camp life that men did there what they would be ashamed to do at home.”

Item description: Entry, dated 1 September 1861, from the diary of Margaret Ann Meta Morris Grimball. [Transcription available below images.] Item citation: From the the Margaret Ann Meta Morris Grimball Diary #975-z, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of … Continue reading

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9 August 1861: “We are all wishing for peace, perfectly satisfied with our one battle, & rather weary of rigid discipline in an uninviting country, where we have no great occupation.”

Item description: Recovering from the head wound received at the Battle of First Bull Run (First Manassas), Charles Woodward Hutson writes this letter to his mother to update her on his recovery.  Hutson also reflects on the new perspective coming … Continue reading

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17 July 1861: “I heard from Rob yesterday. He was wounded in the last fight on the 2nd and left on the field supposed to be killed…”

Item description: Letter, 17 July 1861, from May to her husband in which she sends news of Rob [relations unknown]. The enclosed letter, of 12 July 1861, relates Rob’s battle wound and subsequent detainment in a wagon for “five days … Continue reading

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