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"Sketches of Neighboring Slaveholders," ca. 1820s

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THERE was a planter in the country, not far from us, whom I will call Mr. Litch. He was an ill-bred, uneducated man, but very wealthy. He had six hundred slaves, many of whom he did not know by sight. His extensive plantation was managed by well-paid…

Chapter 1 of The Experience of Thomas H. Jones, ca. 1820s-1830s

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CHAPTER FIRST

I was born a slave. My recollections of early life are associated with poverty, suffering and shame. I was made to feel, in my boyhood's first experience, that I was inferior and degraded, and that I must pass through life in a…

Letter from Martha Hendley Poteet to Francis Marion Poteet, August 30, 1864

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Mcdowell Co teusday August 30th 1864 Dear husband I seat my self this evning to let you know we are onley tolerable well the children is complaining I expect they are taking Measels but I do hope this will reach your kind hands and find you will I…

"When Surry Was Invaded," ca. March 1865

WHEN SURRY WAS INVADED The Mount Airy News, Mar. 21, 1918 There are perhaps comparatively few of the present generation in Surry County who know that this section was at one time in the hands of an alien enemy. In view of the remote possibility of…

Excerpt from The Story of Rockford, ca. March 1865

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Among the stories of the war era is one concerning some Union soldiers from an encampment some distance away who came to Rockford looking for a doctor to attend an officer who was seriously ill. They took Dr. Folger riding on his own good horse. He…

Letter of Martha Hendley Poteet to Francis Marion Poteet, June 16, 1864

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June the 16 1864Dear husband I cant get no person to cut my wheat the men says that they dont know what will be don with the wheat for there aint men to cut it and if I dont get Mine cut me and the children will be bound to suffer I would like for…

"Childhood," ca. 1810s-1820s

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I WAS born a slave; but I never knew it till six years of happy childhood had passed away. My father was a carpenter, and considered so intelligent and skilful in his trade, that, when buildings out of the common line were to be erected, he was sent…

Letter from Sister to Sister, April 1865

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Dear Sister,

I suppose I would write you a few lines. I thought you would be uneasy. Sister, the Yankees have been here. They say there was seven thousand, but I don’t know how many there was but it was the most men I ever saw and some say…

Amnesty Petition of William MacRae, July 28, 1865

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Your Excellency,

I have the honor to submit the petition covering application for pardon, and restoration to the rights of citizenship under your Amnesty Proclamation of May 29th, 1860.

Previous to the late rebellion, I was a man of no…

Amnesty Petition of Samuel S. Gregory, August 22, 1865

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His Excellency
Andrew Johnson
President of the United States

Your petitioner Saml S. Gregory a native and resident of Sampson County, and the State of North Carolina, respectfully [showeth?] unto your Excellency, that he received an appointment…