Tag Archives: diaries

Civil War Diary of Thomas K. McBryde

[This blog post comes from Matthew Peek, Military Collection Archivist for the State Archives of North Carolina.] As the state of North Carolina ends its Sesquicentennial commemoration of the American Civil War, we are fortunate to receive a valuable addition … Continue reading

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“I was on the Skirmish Line”

By nightfall on March 20th, Major General William T. Sherman had finally connected both wings of his combined Union armies along the Goldsboro Road. He finally felt secure in the knowledge that his veteran regiments were now in support of … 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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George Burgwin Johnston Diary

We have just added a new diary to our Civil War Collection. This is the diary of George Burgwin Johnston, Captain of Company G, 28th Regiment, North Carolina Infantry. A quote from Walter Clark’s Histories of Several Regiments and Battalions … Continue reading

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William B. Howard diary, 1862-1863

This diary is part of the Williams-Womble Collection. The soldier who wrote the diary was thought to be Bry Howard, the great-great uncle of Miss Faydene Barbee, the donor of the collection. According to family tradition, Howard was killed in … Continue reading

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William H. S. Burgwyn Diary (September 29, 1864 – March 11, 1865)

At the beginning of December I finished transcribing and fleshing out the metadata for the last of William Burgwyn’s Civil War diaries. At the time I wanted to share some of the Christmas memories that William wrote about in his … Continue reading

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Civil War Digitization Continues at the State Archives

I was searching through our blog archives today and realized how long it’s been since I posted anything here that wasn’t a simple copy-and-paste of a press release. So here’s a short summary of where things stand as far as … Continue reading

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Christmas from the pen of William H.S. Burgwyn

Christmas is a time of reflection for many people; I know that I see so many things going on in the world today that make me thankful for what I have. During the Civil War there was not much to … Continue reading

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William H. S. Burgwyn Diary (January 21, 1864-September 29, 1864)

The third diary of William H. S. Burgwyn first 25 pages contain an alphabetical list of the men as well as a detailed clothing allowance list for Company H of the 35th Regiment North Carolina Troops. There is also a … Continue reading

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William H. Burgwyn Diary (August 1862-March 1863)

Reading diaries can be an excellent way to delve into the everyday lives of the men and woman from our past. I had the opportunity to do just that when I recently began digitizing and transcribing some of our Civil … Continue reading

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