Monthly Archives: June 2014

20 June 1864: “I have written in the breastworks, in a broiling tropical sun; pardon errors if you please.”

Item Description: letter by C. G. Wright, dated 6 June 1864, published by The Daily Journal (Wilmington, N. C.), on 20 June 1864. Transcription: The following letter has been received from Major Wright, by a gentleman in this town, and … Continue reading

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19 June 1864: “This has been an awful day; fighting, and cannonading and a dreadful thunderstorm.”

Item description: In this 19 June 1864 letter, George Hovey Cadman, a soldier in the 39th Ohio Infantry Regiment, wrote from the Marietta, Ga., area to his wife about a momentary truce between his company’s skirmishers and the “Johnnies” on … Continue reading

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18 June 1864: “It is noticeable that during the present campaigns few battles take place on Sundays.”

Item Description: “An Improvement,” (editorial), The Daily Journal (Wilmington, N. C.), 18 June 1864. Transcription: An Improvement. It is noticeable that during the present campaigns few battles take place on Sunday.  The enemy has been thrashed into some respect for … Continue reading

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17 June 1864: “By hook or by crook, Abraham Lincoln is bound to be re-elected President of the Northern States.”

Item Description: Editorial, The Daily Journal (Wilmington, N. C.), 17 June 1864. Transcription: By hook or by crook, Abraham Lincoln is bound to be re-elected President of the Northern States.—That, like his nomination at Baltimore, is a foregone conclusion.  He … Continue reading

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16 June 1864: “This is only about twenty miles from Atlanta, while it is rumored that Hooker has crossed the river to our right, and is probably trying to get between them and Atlanta with a large force.”

Item description: Letter, dated 16 June 1864, from Robert Stuart Finley to his fiancee, Mary A. Cabeen. Finley was a member of the 30th Illinois Infantry, serving in Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana, and Georgia. [Item transcription available below images.] Item … Continue reading

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15 June 1864: “Slaves under eighteen and over fifty years of age are exempt from impressment. All male slaves between those ages are liable to be impressed, subject to the following exceptions.”

Item description: Circular, dated 15 June 1864, from the Confederate States Engineer Department, Office Enrollment Slaves concerning the impressment of slaves and freedmen into the Confederate States Army. Item citation: From the Ella Barrow Spalding Papers #1106, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, … Continue reading

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14 June 1864: “We must be prepared for some reverses and some ugly blows at that.”

Item Description: “About Richmond’ (editorial), The Daily Journal (Wilmington, N. C.), 14 June 1864. Transcription: General LEE, for two years past, has exhibited iron endurance, and has kept the field with a constancy almost without parallel. It is known that, … Continue reading

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13 June 1864: “So Gov. Vance carries a travelling suite with him.”

Item Description: editorial, The Daily Progress (Raleigh, N. C.), 13 June 1864. Transcription: GOV., VANCE: IN CHARLOTTE.-Our gallant townsman, J. L. Morehead, Esq., had the honor of entertaining the Governor and suite while in this place.— We learn that the … Continue reading

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12 June 1864: “I am, with the assistance of an engineer officer, Lieutenant [W. R.] King, of the Army, placing torpedoes in the Roanoke River, to be exploded by friction matches.”

Item description: A report from acting Rear Admiral Samuel P. Lee concerning “the placing and trial of torpedoes for defense against the C. S. ram Albemarle.” Item transcription: Report of Acting Rear-Admiral Lee, U. S. Navy, transmitting a report regarding … Continue reading

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11 June 1864: “. . . little opportunity is given for bestowing upon the soldiers the attention they so much need.”

Item Description: “Along the Line of the Railroad” (editorial), The Daily Journal (Wilmington, N. C.), 11 June 1864. Transcription: THE DAILY JOURNAL. CONFEDERATE STATES OF AMERICA. WILMINGTON, N. C., SATURDAY, JUNE 11, 1864. The time at which the train from … Continue reading

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