Monthly Archives: September 2013

20 September 1863: “There has been a very brave & successful repulse of an attack on Fort Sumter.”

Item description: Diary entry, dated 20 September 1863, by Meta Morris Grimball.  She describes a naval engagement at Fort Sumter and other military maneuvers in the Charleston, South Carolina area. Item Citation: From the Margaret Ann “Meta” Morris Grimball Diary … Continue reading

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19 September 1863: “…not being disturbed but once and that by a rat which I found beneath under my pillow this morning.”

Item Description: In a letter to his wife dated 19 September, 1863, Lafayette McLaws describes the day-to-day activities, including the economy, in Atlanta as an officer in the Confederate States of America. McLaws survived the war, living to 1897 and served … Continue reading

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18 September 1863: “I received your most welcome letter… it is the first intimation I have that I have been heard from at home.”

Item Description: Letter, 18 September 1863, From Julius S. Joyner to his mother Julia Joyner, updating her about himself and his fellow prisoners. During the Gettysburg campaign, Captain Joyner was captured and sent to Johnson’s Island near Sandusky, Ohio. Captain Joyner … Continue reading

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17 September 1863: “Our force of wooden vessels in the sounds, necessarily of light draft and lightly armed, will by no means be adequate to contend against the rebel ram and battery…”

Item description: “Letter of the Secretary of the Navy to the Secretary of War requesting that army forces be employed to destroy the Confederate ram building on the Roanoke River.” In this letter, the Secretary of the Navy (U.S.), Gideon … Continue reading

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16 September 1863: “…it is so sweet to me to be petted if it is only by letter.”

Item description: Letter, dated 16 September 1863, from Frances “Fannie” Roulhac Hamilton to her husband, Daniel Heyward Hamilton.  She discusses an unidentified illness and the spring where she and others are being treated, as well as the pregnancy of a … Continue reading

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15 September 1863: “We hear that we will have large reinforcements soon when I expect we will go back to Chattanooga and drive them out.”

Item description: Letter, dated 15 September 1863, from William Dudley Gale to his wife Kate Polk Gale while in Lafayette, GA.  He describes troop movements and engagements near Ringgold Gap, Georgia.   Item Citation: From folder 4 of the Gale … Continue reading

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14 September 1863: “The letter came to your mother by flag of truce, and brought the heartrending news that another one of my children had fallen victim to this cruel war.”

Item Description: Letter, dated 14 September 1863, from William H. Battle to his son Kemp Plummer Battle, in which William discusses the death of his son, Wesley Lewis Battle. Item Citation:  Letter dated 14 September 1863, from folder 49 in … Continue reading

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13 September 1863: “Since I last wrote to you I have been on quite a journey.”

Item Description: Letter, 13 September 1863, from Joseph Wilson Alexander to his mother, Elvira Catherine Wilson Alexander, relaying news of his escape from imprisonment and recapture in New England. J. W. Alexander, who predicted trouble when he heard of Lincoln’s 1860 … Continue reading

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12 September 1863: “Prospects are very gloomy for the Confederacy and the result of mismanagement.”

Item Description: Letter dated 12 September, 1863 to George Scarborough Barnsley, from his father Godfrey. The letter describes the deteriorating situation in the South. George Scarborough Barnsley of Woodlands Plantation, Cass County, Ga., and Sao Paulo, Brazil, was a Confederate soldier, hospital … Continue reading

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11 September 1863: “For mens passions when once aroused to such heights as these are seldom appeased without bloodshed and revenge.”

Item Description: Diary entry of 11 September 1863.  David Schenk writes of dissension, disloyalty, and “Civil War” within North Carolina.  He described a small revolt north of Statesville, the “Tories” of Raleigh, and the looming problems in the State’s Western … Continue reading

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