Monthly Archives: December 2014

21 December 1864: “the Yankees entered our peaceful little city in a much more orderly way than I anticipated”

Item Description: For the next several days, we will be posting diary entries from Fanny Cohen Taylor as she chronicles the Northern occupation of Savannah, Georgia. Here is her first entry from 21 December 1864. Item Citation: Folder 46, Volume … Continue reading

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20 December 1864: “how I wish I were a man and in Georgia”

Item Description: Diary entry dated 20 December 1864 by Sarah Lois Wadley. She writes about rumors she has heard about Sherman’s march through Georgia. Item Citation: Folder 5, Sarah Lois Wadley Papers, #01258, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of … Continue reading

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19 December 1864: “will pay $450 per year for Train hands, Firemen and Mechanics”

Item Description: Notice dated 19 December 1864 from the Richmond and Danville Railroad hiring hands at $450 and $400 per annum. Item Citation: Folder 7, George W. Burwell Papers, #04291, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at … Continue reading

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18 December 1864: “I want to fight the Yankees with our gun boat but they is aferd to come in shooting distance”

Item Description: Letter from Jerome Riggins to Martin Moser about conditions near Kinston NC, including Union reluctance to engage with the Confederate “gun boat.” The boat referred to is likely the CSS Neuse, which sunk in March 1865 when the crew … Continue reading

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17 December 1864: “one feels about in despair sometimes, but we must keep up a brave heart…”

Item description: Letter, dated 17 December 1864, from Ann B.S. Pettigrew McKay to her brother William S. Pettigrew. Item citation: From folder 254 of the Pettigrew Family Papers #592, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel … Continue reading

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16 December 1864: “The fair that the have here at the hospital is not fit for a sick man to eate”

Item Description: Letter dated 16 December 1864. George Burwell’s cousin Peter writes to him to inform him about his being wounded. Item Citation: Folder 7, George W. Burwell Papers, #04291, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at … Continue reading

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15 December 1864: “Would you not like to get a chance “to make the fight” on either line?”

Item Description: Letter dated 15 1864 from Lieutenant General Alexander P. Stewart serving for the Confederate army. He writes about the positioning of his lines. Item Citation: Folder 3, Stephen D. Lee Papers, #02440, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University … Continue reading

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14 December 1864: “I respectfully request that all men belonging to this army and any reinforcements that can be spared be sent forward as soon as possible.”

Item Description: Telegram from General Hood to General Beauregard sent on December 14, 1864 from the vicinity of Nashville, TN.  He reports on enemy movements near Memphis, TN and requests reinforcements. Item Citation: In Folder 9 of the William Asbury … Continue reading

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13 December 1864: “should Raleigh fall into the hands of the enemy please retain it”

Item Description: William S. Pettigrew sent this letter to his Uncle in Raleigh with instructions for the care of his possessions during his absence. He requests some be returned to him, and instructs him what to do with it if … Continue reading

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12 December 1864: “instead of the sympathy of people farther south, who have never known the terrors of Yankee rule, we get only eviscerations”

Item Description: This letter, written by Octavia Otey to her sister Ella, describes the hardships they faced on their Mississippi plantation, Green Lawn, throughout the year of 1864. Octavia defends her signing an Oath to the United States saying that she … Continue reading

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