Monthly Archives: February 2015

18 February 1865: “Strange as it may seem we were actually idiotic enough to believe Sherman would keep his word! – A Yankee – and Sherman!”

Item Description: Entry, dated 18 February 1865, from the diary of Emma Florence LeConte, the daughter of scientist Joseph LeConte of Columbia, S.C. She writes in great detail about the destruction of Columbia after Sherman’s Army has overtaken the city. … Continue reading

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17 February 1865: ” the U.S. flag run up over the State house. O what a horrid sight! what a degradation!”

Item Description: Entry, dated 17 February 1865, from the diary of Emma Florence LeConte, the daughter of scientist Joseph LeConte of Columbia, S.C. She writes about the capture of the city of Columbia. Item Citation: From the Emma LeConte Diary, #420-z, Southern … Continue reading

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16 February 1865: “He calls himself a Confederate spy or scout and is an oddity”

Item Description: Entry, dated 16 February 1865, from the diary of Emma Florence LeConte, the daughter of scientist Joseph LeConte of Columbia, S.C. Emma provides a detailed account of shelling beginning in Columbia. Item Citation: From the Emma LeConte Diary, #420-z, Southern … Continue reading

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15 February 1865: “The alarm bell is ringing. […] ‘It is the Yankees.'”

Item Description: Entry, dated 15 February 1865, from the diary of Emma Florence LeConte, the daughter of scientist Joseph LeConte of Columbia, S.C. Emma writes about the impending destruction of Columbia. Item Citation: From the Emma LeConte Diary, #420-z, Southern Historical Collection, … Continue reading

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14 February 1865: “It is true some think Sherman will burn the town, but we can hardly believe that.”

Item Description: Entry, dated 14 February 1865, from the diary of Emma Florence LeConte, the daughter of scientist Joseph LeConte of Columbia, S.C. For the next week, we will be sharing entries from Emma LeConte’s diary that she kept during … Continue reading

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13 Febrary 1865: “You have no objection to my marrying on the spot or do you prefer my waiting until I am Brigadier General”

Item Description: A letter from R. Roulhac to his mother regarding, provisions for clothes, his romantic pursuits at home, as well as his rank in his regiment. He speaks at length about how much letters from home mean to him. … Continue reading

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12 February 1865: “The shells were thrown at the fort but when they exploded, the fragments flew in different directions, which caused us to do some tall dodging.”

Item Description:  Letter written by Zaccheus Ellis to his sister.  He discusses the living arrangements at Fort Anderson in North Carolina including the shelling by Union gunboats.  He also mentions fall in morale regarding Wilmington and lack of faith in … Continue reading

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11 February 1865: “The delay which all these causes have produced in the payment of the troops, whilst it is painfully regretted by all who appreciate their invaluable services, ought and should be promptly redressed by the action of Congress, and the officers charged with the same.”

Item Description: Report, dated 11 February 1865, of the Special Committee on the Pay and Clothing of the Army, House of Representatives of the Confederate States of America. [Scans courtesy of Internet Archive and Duke University Library. This item can also be found … Continue reading

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10 February 1865: “Congress does not hereby assume to change the social and political status of the slave population of the States”

Item Description: A Bill to Provide for Raising Two Hundred Thousand Negro Troops by the Confederate Army. It specifies that any slave that enters into the service will have the written permission of his owners, and that they do not wish … Continue reading

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9 February 1865: “…it shall be the duty of the Governor to cause to be enrolled as a Guard for Home Defence, all white male persons not already enrolled in the service of the Confederate States…”

Item Description: A broadside containing General Orders for the operation of the North Carolina Home Guard. The order describes who may be exempted from service and the structure and organization of the units. An additional order from the Fifth Regiment … Continue reading

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