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Letter from Martha Hendley Poteet to Francis Marion Poteet, February 4, 1864


N C Mcdowell Co 1864 thursday Feb the 4 My Dear husband I recieved your kind and loving letter last saturday and was glad to hear fom you and hear you was well but sory to hear sunday that you was not well we are not well they nearly all hav had sore…

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


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


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…

Letters on Female Character, Addressed to a Young Lady, on the Death of Her Mother by Virginia Randolph Cary, 1828

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Letters on a Female Character by Virginia Randolph Cary, published in 1828, praised the ideals of the domestic sphere. Women, according to Cary, should depend on a male protection. Citing scripture Cary states women was “formed from man”…


Confederate Women's Monument (1914)

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To the North Carolina Women of the Confederacy

"The Life and Age of Woman. Stages of Woman's Life From the Cradle to the Grave" Kelloggs and Comstock, 1849

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The lithograph “The Life & Age of Woman” portrays a woman’s life in the domestic sphere. It begins with a baby girl in a cradle. As the girl grows, she plays with a doll to prepare for her future as a mother. The adolescent girl holds a rose…


Letter from Laura R. McDaniel and M. Joyner Kerr to Zebulon Baird Vance, March 4, 1865


March 4 1865
To his excellency out most worthy Governor
Z. B. Vance
[to] [the] [amdenesided] to [end] the following heartfelt petition. whereas [anoter] son and the place of our [eyonrm] Fayetteville is threatened by the enemy is at present…

Letter from Mary Woodward to Zebulon Baird Vance, September, 1863

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This letter was from Mary Woodward approving the donation from the women of Cleveland County. The letter is the third in a series of corresponds to the Governor about the donation of money for families of Cleveland County soldiers. This letter is…

Letter from Ladies of Cleveland County NC to Zebulon Baird Vance, September, 1863

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To your excellency Z. B. Vance Governor of the state of North Carolina
To do Hospitality make known to your excellency that we [apistice] in the expenses of the above named [tabnaut] and the expenses and that most Mary Woodward was fulfilling of…

Letter from R. M. Roark to Zebulon Baird Vance, September, 1863

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R. M. Roark wrote the Governor in September 1863 from Cleveland County about thousand dollar donation from the young women of the county raised. The money was raised in 1862 though tableaux performances. The women wanted the money to go to the…