Monthly Archives: November 2011

20 November 1861: Raising the Black Flag, “Such an event must fill every thoughtful mind with the gloomiest forebodings.”

Item description: newspaper article, “The Black Flag,” Weekly Standard (Raleigh), 20 November 1861, page 1, column 4. Item transcription: The Black Flag. In modern times, the black flag has never been raised, except as the ensign of the pirate—the heartless … Continue reading

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19 November 1861: “the result of these elections shows an improved condition among our people for we are to remember that half of the voting population of our country is absent in their country’s defence…”

Item description: Letter, 19 November 1861, from Hardy Hardison, Scuppernong, N.C., to William S. Pettigrew, Raleigh, N.C.  In the letter, Hardison, a local physician, alludes to the controversy surrounding the election of militia officers in Washington County in late 1861. … Continue reading

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18 November 1861: “We are gradually becoming independent of the rest of the world for the supply of such military stores”

Item description: President’s message: to the Congress of the Confederate States, written from Richmond on November 18, 1861. Davis gives a general overview of the current state of the war, comments on the neutrality of Kentucky, the current state of communication … Continue reading

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17 November 1861: “we will soon have the Island fortified so strong that the whole south cannot take it.”

Item description: Letter, 17 November 1861, from Emmett Cole, Company F, 8th Michigan Infantry Regiment, to his sister Celestia. Written from Hilton Head Island, S.C., several days after the Battle of Port Royal. Emmett Cole of Barry County, Mich., was … Continue reading

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16 November 1861: “The recommendation of the President of the Confederate States…appears to have been very generally complied with by our people and churches.”

Item description: On the 16 November 1861, the Wilmington Daily Journal reported on the day of “fasting, humiliation and prayer” that occurred the day before. According to the paper, the town’s residents and business’s “entered sincerely into the spirit of … Continue reading

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15 November 1861: ” “Come behold the works of the Lord, what desolations He hath made in the earth. He maketh wars to cease unto the end of the earth; He breaketh to bow, and cutteth the spear in sunder; He burneth the chariot in the fire…”

Item description: God in the War. A Sermon Delivered before the Legislature of Georgia, in the Capitol at Milledgeville, on Friday, November 15, 1861, Being a Day Set apart for Fasting, Humiliation and Prayer, by his Excellency the President of … Continue reading

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14 November 1861: “The President of the Confederate States having appointed Friday, the 15th inst., as a day of ‘fasting, humiliation and prayer’…”

Item description: In the Wilmington Daily Journal of 14 November 1861, this notice from John Dawson, mayor of Wilmington, was posted. The notice states that God is the only hope “to achieve success in the great struggle for liberty and … Continue reading

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13 November 1861: “We understand that the Independent Light Infantry and the LaFayette Light Infantry, of Fayetteville, are expected to arrive…”

Item description: In this piece from 13 November 1861, the editors of the Wilmington Daily Journal announce the arrival of two units of North Carolina soldiers, who are on their way home from Virginia. Item citation: The Daily Journal. 13 … Continue reading

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12 November 1861: “Will Lincoln back out or will he not? Upon this depends the future character of this struggle.”

Item description: In this piece from 12 November 1861, the editors of the Wilmington Daily Journal examine which way the current war will unfold. They ask if it will be “confined to the operations of large bodies acting strategically for … Continue reading

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11 November 1861: “It requires infinitely more courage to be a friend of the Union in North Carolina than here…”

Item description: A broadside, printed in New York and dated 11 November 1861, asking for donations of supplies or contributions of money to be gathered in support of “those loyal inhabitants of the coast of North Carolina who have been … Continue reading

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