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Walter C. Hilderman III, "The Absolute Necessity, April - November 1862" (2005)


On April 16, 1862, Jefferson Davis signed America's first national compulsory military service law...The new law prevented the one-year volunteers from leaving the army for two more years and provided for the conscription of additional three-year…

Recruitment Poster for "Color'd Men", 1863

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Bounty, $602.
Cashdown, 350.
Besides State, and United States pay, &c.
Recruits will be mustered into Colored Regiments.
James S. Henry;
At Recruiting Office, Second & Bridge Ave.

Order by the Commander of the Department of Virginia and North Carolina, 1863

Fort Monroe, Va., December 5th, 1863.
General Orders No. 46. The recruitment of colored troops has become the settled purpose of the Government. It is therefore the duty of every officer and soldier to aid in carrying out that purpose, by every…

Letter of Joseph Hoyle to Sarah Hoyle, February 15, 1864

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Near Orange C.H. Va.,
Feb, 15th, 1864
Dear Sarah,
I must tell you about us all re-enlisting for the war last Saturday. The whole Brigade was ordered out and General Davis gave us a stirring speech upon the subject. Our Regt. Seemed somewhat…

Letter from George E. Stephens to the New York Weekly Anglo-African, March 6, 1864

Outpost or Camp, in the Field,
Near Jacksonville, Fla.,
March 6, 1864.

Mr. Editor: Actions and arduous duties since the 5th ult., the time of the sailing of the present expedition from Hilton Head, have caused the apparently studied silence on…

James McPherson, What They Fought For (1994)

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This conviction that they fought for their homes and women gave many Confederate soldiers remarkable staying power in the face of adversity. "My dear be a brave woman to the last," wrote a Shenandoah Valley farmer serving in the 10th Cavalry to his…

General Ambrose E. Burnside to the Secretary of War, March 21, 1862

Newbern {N.C.} Mch 21 /62 I have the honor of reporting the following movements in my department since my hurrid report of the 16” inst- The detailed report of the Engagement on the 14” is not yet finished, but I hope will be ready to…

Discharged North Carolina Black Soldier to the Freedmen's Bureau Claim Agent at Baltimore, Maryland, December 1870

East Newmarket Dorchester Co Md {December 1870}

Dear Sir

I Receved yore kind letter Concerning my Discharge in 1861 the manspation had not taken place but I was in the protection By the youion Troops an Sat free by Presadence Lincon at…

Commander of the Department of North Carolina to the Secretary of War, May 5, 1863

New Bern No Ca May 5 1863 Sir A letter from Gov Andrew of date April 1st is referred to me by the War Department under date of April 27th, I have the honor to acknowledge receipt of the same and in reply beg leave to say. If it be the policy of…

Civil War Service Record of Julian Williams, 1863

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This document is the Civil War Service Record for Julian Williams, who was a former slave in Camden County, North Carolina and went on to enlist in the 35th United States Colored Troops. The 35th USCT, which evolved from the First North Carolina…