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Letter from Sister to Sister, April 1865


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 ten…

Letter of Joseph J. Hoyle to Sarah Hoyle, February 6, 1864


Near Orange C. H. Va.,
Feb 6th, 1864

My Dear wife:
I again have the pleasure of dropping you a few lines informing you that I am well at present and I hope this will find you well. Every thing continues quiet with us. We have some fine weather…

Letter of Joseph J. Hoyle to Sarah Hoyle, July 25, 1863


Near Culpeper,
July, 25th 1863.

My Dear wife:
I have the opportunity of dropping you a few lines this evening, informing you that I am not very well. I have been unwell since we left Winchester, and the march has set very hard upon me, but I…

Letter of Joseph J. Hoyle to Sarah Hoyle, July 5, 1864

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Near Petersburg, Va.
July 5th, 1864

My Dear wife:
This will inform you that we have again changed positions. Day before yesturday we left the north side of the James River and are now in position on the right of the lines around Petersburg,…

Letter of Joseph J. Hoyle to Sarah Hoyle, June 25-July 19, 1863


June, 1863 — No. 10
My Dear wife:

I will now proceed to continue my regular series of letters, and as you see I will have to go back to the time we crossed the Potomac, as that is the time I left off.

Thursday, 25 — We waded the Potomac…

Letter of Joseph J. Hoyle to Sarah Hoyle, October 21, 1863


Rappahannock River, Va.
Wednesday, Oct 21st, 1863

My Dear wife. [Mrs. J.J. Hoyle, Knob Creek, N. C.]
I take the opportunity of dropping you a few more lines. Nothing of interest has occurred among us since I lat wrote you. We crossed the…

Richard B. McCaslin, "The Last Stronghold" (2003)


Recognizing the importance of Wilmington, Union blockaders sought to prevent ships from reaching the port since the summer of 1861, though to no avail. The first Federal ship, the Daylight, arrived in July 1861. This tiny vessel was soon disabled,…

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…

Scot Ngozi-Brown, “African-American Soldiers and Filipinos" (1997)

Journal of African American History

U.S. racial imperialism, at the turn of the century, targeted Filipinos and other peoples of color throughout the world whom white Americans considered barbaric and thus incapable of self-government. Within the borders of the United States,…