Tag Archives: 1863

First Wednesdays – “We are all nearly worn out with waiting for the tide”

By early 1863, Governor Zebulon Vance saw the need for the State of North Carolina to operate its own system of supplying Tar Heel soldiers in the field. His limited service as the colonel of the Twenty-Sixth North Carolina Troops … Continue reading

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A Soldier’s Christmas 1863

Christmas in the Civil War was a time for reflection and a longing for home.  These are universal feelings and desires from men and women caught in the currents of their day.  In past years we have, in this blog, … Continue reading

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First Wednesdays – Secede from the Secession

Northeastern North Carolina, the area east of the Chowan River and north of the Albemarle Sound, fell to Union occupation during the Burnside Expedition in February 1862.  The subsequent 22 months devolved into raids by Confederate forces, cavalry expeditions by … Continue reading

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First Wednesdays – Mob Violence towards the North Carolina Standard

On the evening of September 9, 1863 the printing office of the North Carolina Standard was sacked by a group of Georgia soldiers coming through Raleigh on their way to Tennessee.  The following morning, supporters of the editor, William Woods … 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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“Tell my father…”

Late in the afternoon of July 2, 1863, Confederate General Robert E. Lee planned to renew his assault on the Union Army of the Potomac stationed on the high ground outside of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. He tapped his First Corps, under … Continue reading

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First Wednesday – “Captured June 16”

After the fighting at Chancellorsville, Virginia in early May 1863, Confederate General Robert E. Lee advanced his army northward to take the war into Pennsylvania. Lee marched his three corps into the Shenandoah Valley from the site of his previous … Continue reading

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“…killing our men and property”

In January 1863, the Sixty-fourth North Carolina Troops, while on an expedition to ferret out suspected “Tory” or Unionist groups operating out of Madison County, North Carolina, arrested and later killed thirteen men and boys. Information concerning the atrocity was … Continue reading

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Rare Opportunity to View Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation in Raleigh

[This press release comes to us via Bill Brown, Registrar for the State Archives of North Carolina. ] The Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation is one of the most significant documents in United States history. President Abraham Lincoln issued the document on … Continue reading

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First Wednesdays – Siege of Washington, N.C.

On March 30th 1863 Confederate forces under General Daniel Harvey Hill invested the town of Washington, N.C.  For a little more than two weeks Hill continued the siege of the town hoping to capture the garrison inside.  Confederate forces arrayed … Continue reading

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