Monthly Archives: August 2013

21 August 1863: “The people were expecting the Yankees any moment when I left Selma and were actually drilling and working on the fortifications until midnight.”

Item Description: Letter dated August 21, 1863 from Elodie Todd Dawson to her husband, Nathaniel Henry Rhodes Dawson. Mr. Dawson served in the Alabama legislature from 1863-1865, and had formerly served in the 4th Alabama Infrantry Regiment. Elodie’s sister, Mary Todd, … Continue reading

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20 August 1863: “…there can never be any question of recon-struction, there may be of submission & this will hardly happen unless our army deserts & goes home.”

Item description:  Letter, dated 20 August 1863, from Robert Davidson Graham to his father, William Alexander Graham.  In this letter, Graham discusses troop movements and morale, as well as North Carolina politics. [transcription available below images] Item citation: From folder … Continue reading

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19 August 1863: “…Governors of N.C. had always claimed & exercised the exclusive right of appointing its line officers & did not recognize the reviewing authority of the C. S. …”

Item description: Letter, dated 19 August 1863, from Col. William Cox to William A. Graham.  Cox relates a story of confusion and dissent over the command of a regiment, calling into question the authority of the Confederate Department of War … Continue reading

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18 August 1863: “organizing the students at the University into a company to be drilled and called out in case of emergency to resist raids, &c.”

Item description:  Letter, 18 August 1863, from Adjutant General Daniel Fowle to Professor of Chemistry John Kimberly stating that Governor Zebulon Vance had suggested mobilizing a contingent of University of North Carolina students for defense of the home-front. [transcription available below image]   … Continue reading

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17 August 1863: “I can’t learn any thing about the chance of my getting home soon, but think we had better not build our hopes that way for the present.”

Item Description: Letter dated 17 August, 1863 from Benjamin F. Little (Frank) to his wife, Mary, from Gettysburg General Hospital in PA. Little had earlier lost his arm (see July 9). Little gives detailed instructions regarding mail between the U.S.A and … Continue reading

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16 August 1863: “We had a little fun with the Yankees yesterday.”

Item Description: Letter dated August 16, 1863 from James Augustus Graham to his mother. In it, Graham mentions he hasn’t received very many letters from his parents and also discusses plans to send home a pair of pants for mending. He … Continue reading

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15 August 1863: Wheat and Flour Wanted

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14 August 1863: “…voluntarily enlisted this 14th day of August 1863 as a Soldier in the ‘Confederate States Service'”

Item description: Oath for the enlistment of Luther Sloop in the Confederate Army, dated August 14th 1863. Item citation: From folder 34 of the John S. Henderson Papers #327, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel … Continue reading

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13 August 1863: “…desertion is rife the men regard their money as worthless & the government is unable to remedy the evil.”

Item description: Letter, dated 13 August 1863, from Joseph Norwood to his brother in law, Walter Lenoir. The writer discusses wounded and missing friends, the sale of land, the inflation of money, and desertion among Confederate soldiers. [transcription available below … Continue reading

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12 August 1863: “…no one seems to think of marriage, the times being too hard.”

Item description: Letter, dated 12 August 1863, from Lafayette McLaws to his wife.  In this letter he discusses the various talents of their children and the family on whose farm his division is camped. Item citation: From folder 8, Lafayette … Continue reading

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