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Effects of the Proclamation, Freed Negroes Coming Into Our Lines at New Bern, North Carolina, February 21, 1863

“Effects of the Proclamation, Freed Negroes Coming Into Our Lines at New Bern, North Carolina,” was an illustration that appeared in Harper’s Weekly on February 21, 1863. In the spring of 1862, General Ambrose Burnside led an…

General Ambrose E. Burnside to the Secretary of War, March 21, 1862

Newbern {N.C.} Mch 21 /62 I have the honor of reporting the following movements in my department since my hurrid report of the 16” inst- The detailed report of the Engagement on the 14” is not yet finished, but I hope will be ready to…

Letter from Zebulon B. Vance to Edward Stanly, November 24, 1862

To E. Stanly Raleigh, Nov. 24th 1862 Having recieved and read your letter of the 7th inst, a proper sense of self-respect and of regard to the position I occupy compels me to return it herewith to its author. I have only to say Sir, by way of…

"Let Us Reason Together," July 2, 1867

Are those reasoning or reasonable men who expect, after a war of four years’ duration which entailed a debt of three thousand millions of dollars, which inflicted up on the union armies the loss of perhaps five hundred thousand lives and shook the…

Letter from Thomas Day to David L. Swain, December 6, 1847

Hon. Sir,

Yours of the 24 Nov. came in Time. I am preparing the Timbers to shelve your rooms Earley as possible, the plank has to be of superior quality & Dried in a steam kill which I have here. You advise me to come thare to do the work, but I…

"Alabama and Mississippi Commissioners," December 22, 1860

Alabama and Mississippi Commissioners. On Thursday last Messrs. Garrett and Smith, commissioners from the State of Alabama, with Hon. Jacob Thompson, Commissioner from Mississippi, appeared before the Legislature of this State, and were received in…

"Days of Bondage: Autobiography of Friday Jones: Being a Brief Narrative of his Trails and Tribulations in Slavery," 1883

My first remembrance of my life begins when I was from 8 to 10 years of age. I was born in North Carolina in 1810, the property of Olser Hye, within 15 miles of the capital of the State-- Raleigh.They attempted to whip me in 1854 and backed me down…

"The Legislature, April 7, 1871"

The General Assembly of the State adjourned on yesterday until the first Monday in November next. The merits of Legislative bodies are to be measured, as much by what they may have undone and omitted to do, as by what they many have done. Gauged by…

"The North Carolina Troubles," August 20, 1870

Therehas been in certain quarters, noto-rious for sympathy with the late rebels and re-bellion, such a vehement denunciation of Gov-ernorHolden, of North Carolina, as a pecul-iarly malignant “satrap,” who was wagingfiendish war upon…

"The Reconstruction Prospect," November 12, 1867

We have favored the holding of a Convention asauthorized by Congress, and of doing all that couldfairly and honorably be done to effect reconstructionand restore the State to civil government, but we canplainly see that almost a death-blow has been…