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Amnesty Petition of Joseph W. Alexander, June 13, 1865

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Former Confederate navy officer and Naval Academy graduate Joseph Alexander attempted to show in his amnesty petition that he was raised to believe that his primary allegiance was to his state. Inasmuch, he portrayed his participation in the…

Amnesty Petition of Henry E. Coleman, August 3, 1865

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As much as former Colonel Henry Coleman worked to gain amnesty, he worked to gain sympathy. Coleman explained that he was a veteran of the battles of Gettysburg, Wilderness, Spotsylvania and others. He explained "I am very greatly wounded in so much…

Amnesty Petition of Robert D. Johnston, September 1, 1865 Johnston P1.jpg
As a brigadier general, Robert Johnston commanded an infantry company under Beauregard at the Battle of Manassas, and was excluded from amnesty under the third provision. Johnston explained that he acted on a sense of duty because he believed North…

Amnesty Petition of Theophelius H. Holmes, June 6, 1865

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Former Confederate General Theophelius Holmes had been educated at West Point and resigned his commission in the US Army to serve the Confederacy. Thus, he was excluded under the third, fifth and eighth provisions of Johnson's Amnesty Proclamation of…

Amnesty Petition of Thomas G. Walton, July 13, 1865

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Former Colonel of the Home Guard of the 8th Regiment, Thomas Walton, went to great lengths to explain his opposition to secession before the outbreak of hostilities. Walton explained that he had been an active member of the Whig Party, and had worked…

Untitled article on the execution of a Union soldier, New York Tribune, ca. 1865

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The division arrived on the ground at precisely one o'clock, and was formed in two ranks on three sides of a square, the rear ranks ten paces in rear of the front rank, which came to an about face when the unfortunate condemned one was paraded…

Account of David Porter, ca. 1865

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The day of General Sherman's arrival at City Point, I accompanied him and General Grant on board the President's flagship, the Queen, where the President received us in the upper saloon, no one but ourselves being present.

The President was in an…

"The Capture of Fort Fisher.; The Lesson of the Guns," The New York Times, February 19, 1865


From the London Times, Feb. 1. To the student of the art of war we commend the story of Fort Fisher for its scientific value, and to the general reader for the exceeding interest of the narrative. The fall of this place after a long and terrible…

Rod Gragg, "Confederate Goliath" (1991)


“Fort Fisher was the strongest fort in the South,” proclaimed the New York Tribune. “Now for the first time is a really formidable earthwork carried by a direct assault, and in a military view, therefore, the storming of Fort Fisher…

Charles M. Robinson III, "Hurricane of Fire" (1998)

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For four years, Fort Fisher was the Achilles' heel of the Union blockade. As long as it stood, Wilmington would remain open. The odds were overwhelmingly in favor of the blockade-runners that came and went virtually on schedule, openly defying the…