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Charlotte Grimes, "Sketches of My Life," 1918

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The night before the Yankees came, a friend, who belonged to Wheeler's Cavalry called and my mother gave him supper. While he was there, the servants came in and said the soldiers were tearing down the garden fence and putting their horses in, so he…

"General Sherman in Raleigh," Mary Clarke, ca. 1866

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By three o’clock in the morning we had bid adieu to every Confederate soldier, and instead of going to be, we retired to dress for the “sacking of the town.” “I mean to put on every white skirt I have,” exclaimed one…

Letter from William Sherman to D.L. Swain, April 22, 1865

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Hon. D. L. Swain, Chapel Hill, N. C.:

MY DEAR SIR: Yours of April nineteenth was laid before me yesterday, and I am pleased that you recognize in…

Letter from William Sherman to Ellen Sherman, April 9, 1865

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In the Field, Goldsboro, N. C,
April 9, 1865.

. . .. Tomorrow we move straight against Joe Johnston wherever he may be. Grant's magnificent victories about Petersburg, and his rapid pursuit of Lee's army makes it unnecessary for me to move…

Oliver Howard, Special Field Orders, No. 69 March 23, 1865

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Special Field Orders, No. 69 Heaquarders Departmen and Army of the Tennessee Falling Creek, N.C., March 23, 1865. I. The command will move tomorrow to Goldsboro. The Fifteenth Army Corps, Maj. Gen. John A. Logan commanding, will move upon any…

Diary of Alice Campbell, ca. 1865

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Sherman, with his hordes of depraved and lawless men, came upon us like swarms of bees, bringing sorrow and desolation in their pathway. For days, we had been expecting them, and our loved boys in grey had been passing through in squads looking…

"FROM FAYETTEVILLE," Wadesboro North Carolina Argus, March 30, 1865

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From the Raleigh Conservative. FROM FAYETTEVILLE We have at length definite and reliable information that the Yankees have evacuated Fayetteville. “There are none of them left on the west side of the Cape Fear,” says a recent letter we…

"FAMINE AT FAYETTEVILLE," Hillsborough Recorder, March 22, 1865

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For the Hillsborough Recorder. FAMINE AT FAYETTEVILLE. We give an extract from a letter written by a well-known gentleman in Fayetteville to his father in Chapel Hill, of the date of the 14th instant: “We are in great distress. The Yankees…

Letter from Nellie Worth to Cousin Pattie, March 21, 1865

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There was no officer with the first men that came, and our drooping spirits were revived about one o’clock by the sight of a Yankie officer. He came in the house and introduced himself as Lt. Bracht, Mamma and I immediately appealed to him for…