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On this day in 1864: Capt. Conley of the 101st Pennsylvania Volunteers, escaped prisoner of war, describes the Union sympathizers with whom he is hiding in Transylvania County: “We found them to be rugged stalwart mountaineers; most of them had little culture, but . . . seemed to be determined to die rather than serve […]

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On this day in 1865: Prisoner of war A.O. Abbott, first lieutenant in the 1st N.Y. Dragoons, recalls his release in Wilmington: “We laughed, cried, hurrahed, hugged, kissed, rolled in the sand, and — rejoiced generally. Many declared it was the happiest day of their lives. “The 6th Connecticut was encamped on the bank of […]

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On this day in 1865: A.O. Abbott, first lieutenant in the 1st N.Y. Dragoons, recalls the arrival in Goldsboro of a trainload of 700 fellow Union prisoners, these from Salisbury and Florence, S.C.: “They had ridden all night in open flatcars, without a particle of shelter or fire. It was . . . a bitter […]

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