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First Wednesdays – CSS Shenandoah takes sail

October 1864 was the month that the CSS Shenandoah took sail on her infamous cruise around the world. It is, with that in mind, that the State Archives of North Carolina is happy to announce that the CSS Shenandoah Log … Continue reading

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First Wednesdays: The Reasons William W. Holden Ran for Governor, 1864

In the spring of 1864, the American Civil War has been going on for three years, and the people of North Carolina were tired of the war and the ravages, it brought with it. Many were talking about peace and … Continue reading

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Prisoners of War and Other Civil War Lectures for 2014

[This announcement is cross-posted from the History for All the People Blog] Event poster for the February 10, 2014 Civil War lecture on Prisoners of War. The State Archives Civil War Sesquicentennial Committee presents a lecture given by Bill Brown … Continue reading

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Love and War

It is not often that we highlight fun and possibly frivolous letters on this blog, but with Valentines Day being right around the corner, we figured it would be appropriate to highlight a couple of letters William Henry Grady wrote … Continue reading

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Stories of Gettysburg

Last month, I wrote about reminiscences and how they represent a personal account of past events in a person’s life.  This month, I want to share some poignant letters, diaries, and reminiscences that tell of individuals before, during and after … Continue reading

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Reminiscences of war

Whereas a diary gives a personal day to day insight into the lives of the men and women who wrote them, reminiscences give the reader not only the insight into the event, but also some of the emotions that an … Continue reading

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The Battle of Fredericksburg, Va. Through the Eyes of William H. S. Burgwyn

On December 11, 1862 the Union Army of the Potomac, under command of Major General Ambrose Burnside, laid five pontoon bridges across Rappahannock River at Fredericksburg, Va., in preparation to cross over and strike at the Confederate Army of Northern … Continue reading

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First Wednesdays – Fort Macon on Christmas day, 1862

James West Champney, a soldier in the Forty-Fifth Massachusetts Regiment, drew this sketch of Fort Macon as viewed from the west on Christmas Day in 1862.  He sketched it with charcoal.  Fort Macon was under Union control at this time. … Continue reading

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New letters added to our Civil War Digital Collection

In August the Military Collection Archivist, Kenrick N. Simpson wrote about a new collection, the Society for the Historical Preservation of the 26th North Carolina Regiment* Collection. This small collection consists of Civil War letters primarily written by soldiers of … Continue reading

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First Wednesdays – Cloth for supplying the want of our brave soldiers

[This blog post was written by Debbi Blake, Public Services Branch Head for the North Carolina State Archives.] By the fall of 1862, the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia was ill-equipped and underfed.  During the Antietam campaign, conditions were so … Continue reading

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