Tag Archives: 1862

Military Governor of North Carolina Edward Stanly and his call for an election

Edward Stanly, Military Governor of North Carolina, upon publication of President Abraham Lincoln’s preliminary Emancipation Proclamation called for an election in the Second Senate District of North Carolina.  Stanly understood, as stated in the proclamation, that states with representation in … Continue reading

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Foster’s Raid to Goldsboro

Union commander general John G. Foster lead an expedition from occupied New Bern N.C. into the North Carolina interior with an aim of cutting railroad lines at Goldsborough, N.C. Timed to coincide with the Fredericksburg campaign in Virginia, the thought … Continue reading

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Foraging – a good plan?

In the aftermath of the Army of Northern Virginia’s expedition into Maryland in September 1862, General Robert E. Lee needed supplies to feed and maintain his army.  Lee called upon the government in Richmond to get the supplies.  Looking south … 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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The End of Lawrence O’Bryan Branch

William A. Blount was the father of Lawrence O’Bryan Branch’s  widow, Nancy Haywood Blount. In this Telegraph to Brigadier General Lawrence O’Bryan Branch’s sister, Mrs. R. Williams states that his son had gone to bring the Brigadier General’s remains back … Continue reading

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William H. S. Burgwyn’s view of The Battle of Antietam

William H. S. Burgwyn writes to his Brother “Harry” Henry King Burgwyn Jr. about the Battle of Antietam. “Thirty Fifth Regiment N.C.T Camp near Martinsville Va. September 23, 1862 Dear Harry I suppose ere this you have heard of the … Continue reading

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The Day Before…

Over the next couple of weeks, we will be highlighting documents from our collection that deal with the Battle of Antietam, Maryland, the bloodiest one day battle in American History, and the death of Brigadier General Lawrence O’Bryan Branch. The … Continue reading

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First Wednesdays – Lee’s Lost Order

Perhaps no other document from the American Civil War has engendered as much speculation or controversy as the infamous Special Order 191, or as it is more generally known, the “Lost Order” or the “Lost Dispatch.”  Historians have argued for … Continue reading

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A New Colonel

Two days have passed since William wrote home. On August 22, 1862, he writes to his mother with news of the march. His brigade left Petersburg in route to Richmond at 10 Am marching 15 or 17 miles on the … Continue reading

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