1863 Letters

256 documents written in 1863 from 14 author(s) to 61 people including Elizabeth Russell , and Louisa Whitman from places such as New Orleans, LA, Washington, DC and Linwood, LA.

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  • Sarah Dawson Journal Entry.

    New Orleans, LA -

    Coming out of church this morning with Miriam, a young lady ran up with an important air, as though about to create a sensation.

  • Sarah Dawson Journal Entry.

    New Orleans, LA -

    Write me down a witch, a prophetess, or what you will. I am certainly something! All has come to pass on that very disagreeable subject very much as I feared.

  • letter to .

    Washington, DC - 1 January 1863

    abraham lincoln -- Emancipation Proclamation. January 1, 1863

  • letter to Henry Halleck.

    Washington, DC - 1 January 1863

    abraham lincoln -- TO GENERAL H. W. HALLECK.

  • Sarah Dawson Journal Entry.

    Linwood, LA - 1 January 1863

    1863! Why I have hardly become accustomed to writing 62 yet! Where has this year gone?

  • letter to Curtis.

    Washington, DC - 2 January 1863

    abraham lincoln -- to MAJOR-GENERAL CURTIS.

  • letter to William Sherman.

    Washington, DC - 2 January 1863

    John Sherman letter to William Sherman... We are watching with the most eager interest the progress of your expedition.

  • Walt Whitman letter to Martha Whitman.

    Washington, MD - 2 January 1863

    I have spent a week in camp, down there opposite Fredericksburg, and seen what well men, and sick men, and mangled men endure

  • Sarah Dawson Journal Entry.

    Linwood, LA - 3 January 1863

    Some one suggested calling the Spirits, which game I had imagined "played out" long ago; and we derived a great deal of amusement from it. Six of us around a small table invoked them with the usual ceremony.

  • letter to Gideon Welles.

    Washington, DC - 4 January 1863

    abraham lincoln -- To Secretary of the Navy Welles

  • Sarah Dawson Journal Entry.

    Linwood, LA - 4 January 1863

    One just from Baton Rouge tells us that my presentiment about our house is verified; Yankees do inhabit it, a Yankee colonel and his wife.

  • letter to Caleb Russell.

    Washington, DC - 5 January 1863

    abraham lincoln -- TO CALEB RUSSELL AND SALLIE A. FENTON.

  • letter to Abraham Lincoln.

    Washington, DC - 5 January 1863

    General Burnside -- letter to abraham lincoln

  • letter to S Curtis.

    Washington, DC - 6 January 1863

    abraham lincoln -- TO GENERAL S. L CURTIS

  • letter to John Sherman.

    Steamer Forest Queen - 6 January 1863

    W.T. Sherman letter to brother John Sherman...You will have heard of our attack on Vicksburg and failure to succeed.

  • letter to Henry Halleck.

    Washington, DC - 7 January 1863

    abraham lincoln -- TO GENERAL H. W. HALLECK

  • letter to Ambrose Burnside.

    Washington, DC - 7 January 1863

    General Halleck -- letter to General Burnside

  • letter to Henry Bitner.

    Camp Near Falmouth, VA - 7 January 1863

    donely shares his observations about the terrain and the people he sees in virginia. he also talks about his everyday life in camp.

  • George Mcclellan letter to Ambrose Burnside.

    Washington, MD - 7 January 1863

    In accordance with verbal instructions heretofore given you - you will, after uniting with flag-officer Goldsborough, at Fort Monroe, proceed under his convey to Hatteras Inlet

  • letter to Ambrose Burnside.

    Washington, DC - 8 January 1863

    abraham lincoln -- reprimand to General Burnside

  • Sarah Dawson Journal Entry.

    Linwood, LA - 15 January 1863

    Two months last Sunday since I have been lying here a cripple, and I am not yet able to take a step.

  • letter to John Sherman.

    Napoleon, AR - 17 January 1863

    W.T. Sherman letter to brother John Sherman...Vicksburg is as strong as Gibraltar, and is of vital importance to the cause of the South.

  • Sarah Dawson Journal Entry.

    Linwood, LA - 19 January 1863

    Wheeled into the parlor, there I beheld not my friend alone, but several other individuals whose presence rather startled me.

  • letter to Henry Bitner.

    Camp Near Falmouth, VA - 20 January 1863

    donely tells bitner about the movement of pennsylvania troops toward the rappahannock river and predicts there will be a battle within 48 hours.

  • letter to Ulysses Grant.

    Washington, DC - 21 January 1863

    General Halleck -- to General Grant

  • Sarah Dawson Journal Entry.

    Linwood, LA - 22 January 1863

    ...I can't help wondering if he would be sticky if I touch him. Indeed, I think his hands stick, at least; for when he told me good-bye, it was with the greatest difficulty that I extracted mine from his grasp...

  • Sarah Dawson Journal Entry.

    Linwood, LA - 23 January 1863

    A very few people have been insolent enough to say to me, "Your brother is as good a Yankee as any." My blood boils as I answer, "Let him be President Lincoln if he will, and I would love him the same.

  • letter to John Sherman.

    Camp Before Vicksburg, LA - 25 January 1863

    W.T. Sherman letter to brother John Sherman...I shall be glad to meet Gen. Banks on many accounts

  • letter to Joseph Hooker.

    Washington, DC - 26 January 1863

    abraham lincoln -- letter to MAJOR-GENERAL HOOKER.

  • letter to William Sherman.

    Washington, OH - 27 January 1863

    John Sherman letter to William Sherman... The newspapers are generally down on you...

  • letter to Ann Boswell Gratz.

    Philadelphia, PA - 27 January 1863

    Rebecca Gratz letter to Ann Boswell Gratz... Well, we have changed for the better, got an industrious, colored man in place of an idle white one.

  • George Pickett letter to Salle Corbell Pickett.

    Richmond, VA - 0 February 1863

    TO-DAY I rode on ahead of my division, stopped for a moment at our old home, ran into the garden and gathered for my darling some lilies of the valley, planted by my sweet mother

  • letter to John Sherman.

    Camp Before Vicksburg, LA - 1 February 1863

    W.T. Sherman letter to brother John Sherman...Of course newspaper correspondents regard me as the enemy of their class.

  • Sarah Dawson Journal Entry.

    Linwood, LA - 5 February 1863

    A letter from Lavinia has come to me all the way from California. How happy it made me, though written so long ago!

  • letter to Agnes Lee.

    Camp Fredericksburg, VA - 6 February 1863

    robert lee writes his daughter agnes ...the roads are wretched, almost impassable

  • Walt Whitman letter to Louisa Whitman.

    Washington, MD - 6 February 1863

    Jeff's enclosure of $10 through Mr. Lane, from the young engineers for the soldiers in hospitals, the most needy cases, came safe of course I shall acknowledge it to Mr. Lane tomorrow.

  • Walt Whitman letter to Louisa Whitman.

    Washington, MD - 9 February 1863

    One reason they have to move from the Rappahannock, up there, is that wood is all gone for miles, forage is scarce to get, and I don't know as there is any need of their staying there, for any purpose.

  • Sarah Dawson Journal Entry.

    Linwood, LA - 9 February 1863

    A letter from my dear little Jimmy! How glad I am, words could not express. This is the first since he arrived in England...

  • Walt Whitman letter to Jeff Whitman.

    Washington, MD - 13 February 1863

    The letter of introduction to Mr. Webster, chief clerk, State department, will be very acceptable. If convenient, I should like Mr. Lane to send it on immediately.

  • letter to John Sherman.

    Camp Before Vicksburg, LA - 18 February 1863

    W.T. Sherman letter to brother John Sherman...We have reproached the South for arbitrary conduct in coercing their people at last we find we must imitate their example.

  • Sarah Dawson Journal Entry.

    Linwood, LA - 18 February 1863

    Gibbes has gone back to his regiment.

  • letter to Alexander Reed.

    Washington, DC - 22 February 1863

    abraham lincoln -- TO Rev. ALEXANDER REED

  • letter to Henry Bitner.

    Camp Near Nashville, TN - 22 February 1863

    shoemaker writes from tennessee and mentions his desire to remain in the army until he can be discharged honorably.

  • Sarah Dawson Journal Entry.

    Linwood, LA - 22 February 1863

    Mother has come to me! O how glad I was to see her this morning!

  • letter to Mary Lee.

    Richmond, VA - 23 February 1863

    Robert E. Lee letter to wife Mary ...The weather is now very hard upon our poor bushmen.

  • George Mcclellan letter to B Butler.

    Washington, MD - 23 February 1863

    You are assigned to the command of the land forces destined to co-operate with the navy, in the attack upon New Orleans. You will use every means to keep your destination a profound secret

  • Sarah Dawson Journal Entry.

    Linwood, LA - 23 February 1863

    Here goes! News has been received that the Yankees are already packed, ready to march against us at any hour.

  • Sarah Dawson Journal Entry.

    Linwood, LA - 24 February 1863

    All our friends would be so disappointed at not having an opportunity of saying good-bye.

  • Sarah Dawson Journal Entry.

    Linwood, LA - 25 February 1863

    Here we are still, in spite of our expectations.

  • letter to Ann Boswell Gratz.

    Philadelphia, PA - 0 March 1863

    Rebecca Gratz letter to Ann Boswell Gratz... Your last letter was so full of interesting matter, and so graphic in describing the condition of Kentucky and its requirements...

  • letter to Willaim Seward.

    Washington, DC - 7 March 1863

    abraham lincoln -- TO SECRETARY SEWARD

  • Sarah Dawson Journal Entry.

    Linwood, LA - 10 March 1863

    I had so many nice things to say which now, alas, are knocked forever from my head. when news came that the Yankees were advancing on us, and were already within fifteen miles.

  • Sarah Dawson Journal Entry.

    Linwood, LA - 14 March 1863

    They are coming! The Yankees are coming at last! For four or five hours the sound of their cannon has assailed our ears. There! that one shook my bed!

  • Sarah Dawson Journal Entry.

    Linwood, LA - 15 March 1863

    To my unspeakable surprise, I waked up this morning and found myself alive.

  • Sarah Dawson Journal Entry.

    Linwood, LA - 17 March 1863

    Yankees have gone back to Baton Rouge, hearing we had sixty thousand men coming down after them. I believe I am positively disappointed! I did want to see them soundly thrashed!

  • letter to .

    Washington, DC - 20 March 1863

    abraham lincoln -- REVOCATION OF SENTENCE OF T. W. KNOX

  • letter to William Sherman.

    Mansfield, OH - 20 March 1863

    John Sherman letter to William Sherman... When I went into the Senate I anticipated quiet and dignified leisure with ample time to read, reflect and study...

  • letter to Henry Bitner.

    Carthage, TN - 21 March 1863

    shoemaker congratulates bitner on his marriage. he also writes that his regiment is expecting an attack from general bragg's troops any day.

  • Sarah Dawson Journal Entry.

    Linwood, LA - 25 March 1863

    Those vile Yankees have been threatening Ponchatoula, and his battery, with a regiment of infantry, was on its way there to drive them back.

  • letter to Andrew Johnson.

    Washington, DC - 26 March 1863

    abraham lincoln -- QUESTION OF RAISING NEGRO TROOPS

  • Walt Whitman letter to Louisa Whitman.

    Washington, MD - 31 March 1863

    Mother, it is quite a snow-storm here this morning the ground is an inch and a half deep with snow and it is snowing and drizzling but I feel very independent in my stout army-boots

  • Sarah Dawson Journal Entry.

    Linwood, LA - 31 March 1863

    "To be, or not to be; that's the question." Whether tis nobler in the Confederacy to suffer the pangs of unappeasable hunger and never-ending trouble, or to take passage to a Yankee port, and there remaining, end them.

  • letter to D Hunter.

    Washington, DC - 1 April 1863

    abraham lincoln -- TO GENERAL D. HUNTER

  • letter to John Sherman.

    Camp Before Vicksburg, LA - 3 April 1863

    W.T. Sherman letter to brother John Sherman...I confess I am astonished at your industry and acquirements.

  • Sarah Dawson Journal Entry.

    New Orleans, LA - 3 April 1863

    To-day, thousands of families, from the most respectable down to the least, all who have had the firmness to register themselves enemies to the United States, are ordered to leave the city before the fifteenth of May.

  • letter to D Hunter.

    Washington, DC - 4 April 1863

    abraham lincoln -- TO GENERAL D. HUNTER AND ADMIRAL S. F. DUPONT.

  • Sarah Dawson Journal Entry.

    Linwood, LA - 7 April 1863

    I believe that it is for true that we are to leave for New Orleans, via Clinton and Ponchatoula, this evening.

  • Sarah Dawson Journal Entry.

    Clinton, LA - 8 April 1863

    What a delightful sensation is motion, after five months inaction!

  • letter to John Sherman.

    Camp Before Vicksburg, LA - 10 April 1863

    W.T. Sherman letter to brother John Sherman...Mr. Dana is here. He spent a few hours with me yesterday, and I went over with him many of the events of the past year

  • Sarah Dawson Journal Entry.

    Madisonville, LA - 12 April 1863

    "...don't pay any attention to her. Pick her up, just as you would a child," said my incorrigible mother.

  • Sarah Dawson Journal Entry.

    Madisonville, LA - 13 April 1863

    I don't know how any one can believe the whole world so wicked; for my part I have met none but the kindest people imaginable; I don't know any wicked ones.

  • Sarah Dawson Journal Entry.

    Madisonville, LA - 14 April 1863

    Ah! another delightful glimpse of society has been offered to our charmed view. Such a treat has not often fallen to our lot.

  • letter to Benjamin Gratz.

    Philadelphia, PA - 15 April 1863

    Rebecca Gratz letter to brother Benjamin Gratz... I am rejoiced that Kentucky is ably supported and I hope will be safe through all coming time...

  • Walt Whitman letter to Louisa Whitman.

    Washington, MD - 15 April 1863

    There is much said about their closing up the regimental companies that is, where there are ten companies of 40 men each, closing them up to five companies, of 80 men each.

  • George Pickett letter to Salle Corbell Pickett.

    In Camp, VA - 15 April 1863

    If I am spared, my dear, all my life shall be devoted to making you happy, to keeping all that would hurt you far from you, to making all that is good come near to you.

  • Sarah Dawson Journal Entry.

    Madisonville, LA - 16 April 1863

    Mr. Halsey brought us each a little tortoise-shellring he had made for us by his camp-fire, as a keep sake, and of course we promised to wear them for him, particularly as they make our hands look as white as possible.

  • Sarah Dawson Journal Entry.

    Bonfouca, LA - 18 April 1863

    I have read descriptions of such houses and people, but I have not often seen them. The man and his wife were perfect specimens of the low Canadian, speaking only French.

  • Sarah Dawson Journal Entry.

    Bonfouca, LA - 18 April 1863

    Friday morning we arose and prepared to resume our journey for Bonfouca, twenty-three miles away.

  • Sarah Dawson Journal Entry.

    New Orleans, LA - 22 April 1863

    Yesterday we arrived ; I thought we should never get here. Monday we had almost given up in despair, believing the schooner would never return.

  • letter to John Sherman.

    Camp Before Vicksburg, LA - 23 April 1863

    W.T. Sherman letter to brother John Sherman...If not too late, do, for mercy's sake, exhaust your influence to stop this consolidation of regiments.

  • letter to John Sherman.

    Camp Before Vicksburg, LA - 26 April 1863

    W.T. Sherman letter to brother John Sherman...To-morrow I start with my corps to bring up the rear of the movement against Grand Gulf, and, maybe, Jackson, Miss.

  • Sarah Dawson Journal Entry.

    New Orleans, LA - 26 April 1863

    I am getting well! Bless the Lord, O my soul! Life, health, and happiness dawn on my trembling view again!

  • Walt Whitman letter to Louisa Whitman.

    Washington, MD - 28 April 1863

    Jeff asks me if I go to hospitals as much as ever. If my letters home don't show it, you don't get em.

  • Walt Whitman letter to Louisa Whitman.

    Washington, MD - 5 May 1863

    The condition of things here in the hospitals is getting pretty bad the wounded from the battles around Fredericksburg are coming up in large numbers.

  • George Pickett letter to Salle Corbell Pickett.

    Suffolk, VA - 5 May 1863

    I am ordered instead to proceed at once with three of my brigades to Petersburg, via the "Jerusalem-Plank-Road," to intercept a cavalry raid.

  • letter to Joseph Hooker.

    Washington, DC - 7 May 1863

    abraham lincoln -- TO GENERAL J. HOOKER.

  • letter to William Sherman.

    Mansfield, OH - 7 May 1863

    John Sherman letter to William Sherman... The tone of popular opinion is more patriotic. There are fewer noisy Butternuts...

  • Jefferson Davis letter to .

    Richmond, VA - 8 May 1863

    So far as we have learned here, the enemy seem to confine their operations to the country below Lake Providence and would appear to be endeavoring to carry out the avowed purpose of preventing the cultivation of the crops

  • letter to William Seward.

    Washington, DC - 9 May 1863

    abraham lincoln -- TO SECRETARY SEWARD

  • letter to Edwin Stanton.

    Washington, DC - 11 May 1863

    abraham lincoln -- TO SECRETARY STANTON

  • Walt Whitman letter to Louisa Whitman.

    Washington, MD - 13 May 1863

    I am late with my letter this week my poor, poor boys occupy my time very much I go every day, and sometimes nights.

  • letter to Joseph Hooker.

    Washington, DC - 14 May 1863

    abraham lincoln -- TO GENERAL J. HOOKER

  • letter to Henry Bitner.

    Camp Drake Near Murfreesboro, TN - 19 May 1863

    david fogelsanger daihl letter to henry bitner, may 9th 1863

  • Walt Whitman letter to Louisa Whitman.

    Washington, MD - 19 May 1863

    I have a very nice old black aunty for a washwoman, but she bears down pretty hard, I guess, when she irons them, and they showed something like the poor old city of Fredericksburg does, since Burnside bombarded it.

  • letter to Henry Bitner.

    Carthage, TN - 25 May 1863

    shoemaker writes about the sickness that is affecting soldiers in his regiment and describes his own battle with "acclimating fever."

  • Walt Whitman letter to Louisa Whitman.

    Washington, MD - 26 May 1863

    We had some very hot weather here I don't know what I should have done without the thin grey coat you sent you don't know how good it does, and looks too

  • letter to John Schofield.

    Washington, DC - 27 May 1863

    abraham lincoln -- TO GENERAL SCHOFIELD

  • Joseph Johnston letter to Jefferson Davis.

    Jackson, MS - 28 May 1863

    It is reported that the last infantry coming leave Montgomery to-night. When they arrive I shall have about twenty-three thousand.

  • letter to John Sherman.

    Walnut Hills Vicksburg, MS - 29 May 1863

    W.T. Sherman letter to brother John Sherman...The move by way of Grand Gulf to secure a foothold on the hills wherefrom to assail Vicksburg, appeared to me too risky...

  • letter to Jane Clemens.

    San Francisco, CA - 1 June 1863

    mark twain writes to his mother and sister from san francisco

  • letter to Henry Bitner.

    Raleigh, VA - 3 June 1863

    shoemaker asks for news from home and says he is getting "habituated" to life as a soldier.

  • Walt Whitman letter to Louisa Whitman.

    Washington, MD - 3 June 1863

    Well, mother, I suppose you folks think we are in a somewhat dubious position here in Washington, with Lee in strong force almost between us and you Northerners.

  • letter to Edwin Stanton.

    Washington, DC - 4 June 1863

    abraham lincoln -- TO SECRETARY STANTON

  • Walt Whitman letter to Louisa Whitman.

    Washington, MD - 9 June 1863

    It looks from some accounts as though the 9th Army Corps might be going down into East Tennessee (Cumberland Gap, or perhaps bound for Knoxville).

  • Sarah Dawson Journal Entry.

    New Orleans, LA - 9 June 1863

    There are no Southern young men left in town, and those who remain would hardly be received with civility by Miriam and myself.

  • Joseph Johnston letter to James Seddon.

    Jackson, MS - 10 June 1863

    You do not give orders in regard to the recently appointed General Officers. Please do it.

  • letter to Erastus Corning.

    Washington, DC - 12 June 1863

    abraham lincoln -- TO ERASTUS CORNING AND OTHERS

  • Joseph Johnston letter to James Seddon.

    Jackson, MS - 12 June 1863

    I have not considered myself commanding in Tennessee since assignment here, and should not have felt authorized to take troops from that Department

  • Sarah Dawson Journal Entry.

    New Orleans, LA - 14 June 1863

    If I was a man, if I had the blessed privilege of fighting, I would be on the breastworks, or perchance on the water batteries under Colonel Steadman's command. But as I was unfortunately born a woman, I stay home and pray with heart and soul.

  • letter to Jesse Grant.

    Walnut Hills, MS - 15 June 1863

    ulysses grant writes to father Jesse June 15th, 1863

  • Joseph Johnston letter to Jefferson Davis.

    Jackson, MS - 16 June 1863

    Your despatch of 15th is received. I considered the order directing me to command here as limiting my authority to this Department.

  • Sarah Dawson Journal Entry.

    New Orleans, LA - 17 June 1863

    Lydia has another boy! Letter has just come, and I am demented about my new godchild!

  • George Pickett letter to Salle Corbell Pickett.

    In Camp, STATE - 18 June 1863

    As I returned the salute of my men, many of them beardless boys, the terrible responsibility as their Commander almost overwhelmed me, and my heart was rent in prayer for guidance and help.

  • letter to Alexander Boteler.

    Richmond, VA - 19 June 1863

    Rose O'Neal Greenhow letter to frined A. Boteler... I saw the President this morning and he affords me every facility and and in carrying out my mischief

  • Joseph Johnston letter to Jefferson Davis.

    Jackson, MS - 20 June 1863

    I much regret the carelessness of my reply of the 16th, to your telegram of the 15th.

  • Sarah Dawson Journal Entry.

    New Orleans, LA - 21 June 1863

    How about that oath of allegiance? is what I frequently ask myself, and always an uneasy qualm of conscience troubles me. Guilty or not guilty of perjury?

  • letter to John Schofield.

    Washington, DC - 22 June 1863

    abraham lincoln -- TO GENERAL J. M. SCHOFIELD

  • Walt Whitman letter to Louisa Whitman.

    Washington, MD - 22 June 1863

    Well, mother, we are generally anticipating a lively time here, or in the neighborhood, as it is probable Lee is feeling about to strike a blow on Washington, or perhaps right into it

  • letter to Edwin Stanton.

    Washington, DC - 23 June 1863

    abraham lincoln -- TO SECRETARY OF WAR

  • George Pickett letter to Salle Corbell Pickett.

    Greencastle, PA - 24 June 1863

    I don't want to hurrah. I want to go off all by myself and be sorry for them want to lie down in the grass, away off in the woods some where

  • Sarah Dawson Journal Entry.

    New Orleans, LA - 26 June 1863

    It is so delightful to see these frightened Yankees! One has only to walk downtown to be satisfied of the alarm that reigns.

  • George Pickett letter to Salle Corbell Pickett.

    Chambersburg, PA - 27 June 1863

    The officers and men are all in excellent condition, bright and cheerful, singing songs and telling stories, full of hope and courage, inspired with absolute faith and confidence in our success.

  • George Pickett letter to Salle Corbell Pickett.

    In Camp, PA - 29 June 1863

    Our whole army is now in Pennsylvania, north of the river.

  • letter to D Hunter.

    Washington, DC - 30 June 1863

    abraham lincoln -- TO GENERAL D. HUNTER

  • Jefferson Davis letter to Alexander Stephens.

    Richmond, VA - 2 July 1863

    Having accepted your patriotic offer to proceed as a military commissioner, under flag of truce, to Washington, you will herewith receive your letter of authority to the Commander-in-Chief of the Army and Navy of the United States.

  • Jefferson Davis letter to Abraham Lincoln.

    Richmond, VA - 2 July 1863

    Numerous difficulties and disputes have arisen in relation to the execution of the cartel of exchange heretofore agreed on by the belligerents, and the commissioners for the exchange of prisoners have been unable to adjust their differences.

  • James Longstreet letter to Walton.

    unknown - 3 July 1863

    Let the batteries open.

  • George Pickett letter to Salle Corbell Pickett.

    Gettysburg, PA - 3 July 1863

    Our line of battle faces Cemetery Ridge. Our detachments have been thrown forward to support our artillery which stretches over a mile along the crests of Oak Ridge and Seminary Ridge.

  • George Pickett letter to Salle Corbell Pickett.

    In Camp, PA - 4 July 1863

    Well, it is all over now. The battle is lost, and many of us are prisoners, many are dead, many wounded, bleeding and dying. Your Soldier lives and mourns

  • Joseph Johnston letter to Jefferson Davis.

    Candy Creek Camp, MS - 5 July 1863

    I considered my assignment to the immediate command in Mississippi as giving me a new position and limiting my authority to this Department

  • George Pickett letter to Salle Corbell Pickett.

    Headquarters, PA - 6 July 1863

    I can't write you a love-letter to-day, my Sally, for with my great love for you and my gratitude to God for sparing my life to devote to you, comes the overpowering thought of those whose lives were sacrificed of the broken-hearted widows and mother

  • Mary Boykin Chestnut Journal Entry.

    Portland, AL - 8 July 1863

    My mother ill at her home on the plantation near here where I have come to see her.

  • Walt Whitman letter to Louisa Whitman.

    Washington, MD - 10 July 1863

    The wounded are doing rather badly ; I am sorry to say there are frequent deaths the weather, I suppose, which has been peculiarly bad for wounds, so wet and warm (though not disagreeable outdoors).

  • Sarah Dawson Journal Entry.

    New Orleans, LA - 10 July 1863

    Day before yesterday came tidings that Vicksburg had fallen on the 4th inst. The "Era" poured out extras, and sundry little popguns fizzled out salutes. All who doubted the truth of the report and were brave enough to say so were fined or imprisoned

  • Sarah Dawson Journal Entry.

    New Orleans, LA - 10 July 1863

    What a scene I have just witnessed! A motley crew of thousands of low people of all colors parading the streets with flags, torches, music, and all other accompaniments, shouting, screaming, exulting over the fall of Port Hudson and Vicksburg.

  • George Pickett letter to Salle Corbell Pickett.

    Headquarters - 12 July 1863

    Early in the morning I had been assured by Alexander that General Lee had ordered that every brigade in his command was to charge Cemetery Hill; so I had no fear of not being supported.

  • George Pickett letter to Salle Corbell Pickett.

    On The March - 12 July 1863

    Oh, the pity of it, guarding these prisoners through their own country, depleted and suffering mentally and physically as we are, and being forced to march forward with a speed beyond their own and our endurance.

  • letter to Ulysses Grant.

    Washington, DC - 13 July 1863

    abraham lincoln writes general grant with grateful acknowledgment for victory at vicksburg

  • Walt Whitman letter to Louisa Whitman.

    Washington, MD - 15 July 1863

    So the mob has risen at last in New York I have been expecting it, but as the day for the draft had arrived and everything was so quiet, I supposed all might go on smoothly ; but it seems the passions of the people were only sleeping

  • Jefferson Davis letter to Joseph Johnston.

    Richmond, VA - 15 July 1863

    When I learned that prejudice and malignity had so undermined the confidence of the troops at Vicksburg in their commander as to threaten disaster, I deemed the circumstances such as to present the case foreseen in Special Order No. 275

  • Sarah Dawson Journal Entry.

    New Orleans, LA - 15 July 1863

    Dreadful news has come of the defeat of Lee at Gettysburg. Think I believe it all? He may have been defeated ; but not one of these reports of total overthrow and rout do I credit.

  • letter to Jefferson Davis.

    Charleston, SC - 16 July 1863

    Rose O'Neal Greenhow letter to President Jefferson Davis... On reaching Wilmington the situation of Charleston became the engrossing subject of conversation and of interest

  • letter to S Lane.

    Washington, DC - 17 July 1863

    abraham lincoln -- TO GENERAL LANE

  • letter to William Sherman.

    Mansfield, OH - 18 July 1863

    John Sherman letter to William Sherman... How completely the tone of the press has changed in regard to you.

  • Sarah Dawson Journal Entry.

    New Orleans, LA - 18 July 1863

    It began by Miriam sending Mr. Conn a box of cigars when she was on Canal the other day, with a note saying we would be delighted to assist him in anyway. Poor creature!

  • letter to Joel Parker.

    Washington, DC - 20 July 1863

    abraham lincoln -- TO GOVERNOR PARKER

  • letter to John Schofield.

    Washington, DC - 20 July 1863

    abraham lincoln -- TO GENERAL SCHOFIELD

  • letter to Alexander Boteler.

    Charleston, SC - 20 July 1863

    Rose O'Neal Greenhow letter to A.R. Boteler... the skill and daring of our people will be taxed to the utmost to repell the brutal hoards who are now hovering around.

  • letter to Alexander Boteler.

    Charleston, SC - 23 July 1863

    Rose O'Neal Greenhow letter to A.R. Boteler... finding it impossible to get out from this port I have remained here

  • Sarah Dawson Journal Entry.

    New Orleans, LA - 23 July 1863

    Put a creature you don't care for in the least, in a situation that commands sympathy, and nine out of ten girls will fall desperately in love.

  • letter to Montgomery Blair.

    Washington, DC - 24 July 1863

    abraham lincoln -- TO POSTMASTER-GENERAL BLAIR

  • Jefferson Davis letter to Zebulon Vance.

    Richmond, VA - 24 July 1863

    This is not the first intimation I have received that Holden is engaged in the treasonable purpose of exciting the people of North Carolina to resistance against their Government, and co-operation with the enemy

  • letter to Gideon Welles.

    Washington, DC - 25 July 1863

    abraham lincoln -- TO SECRETARY OF THE NAVY.

  • letter to Joel Parker.

    Washington, DC - 25 July 1863

    abraham lincoln -- HIS EXCELLENCY GOVERNOR JOEL PARKER

  • letter to George Meade.

    Washington, DC - 27 July 1863

    abraham lincoln --To GENERAL G. G. MEADE

  • letter to John Sherman.

    Camp 18m. East Of Vicksburg, MS - 28 July 1863

    W.T. Sherman letter to brother John Sherman...The railroad comes within four miles of my tent, and I have its exclusive use and a telegraph at my elbow.

  • Mary Boykin Chestnut Journal Entry.

    Montgomery, AL - 30 July 1863

    Coming on here from Portland there was no stateroom for me. My mother alone had one. My aunt and I sat nodding in armchairs, for the floors and sofas were covered with sleepers, too.

  • letter to Moulton Washington.

    Washington, DC - 31 July 1863

    abraham lincoln -- Letter to Moulton. Washington. July 31, 1863

  • letter to Mary Lincoln.

    Washington, DC - 31 July 1863

    abraham lincoln -- Letter to Mrs. Lincoln. Washington. August 8, 1863

  • Harriet Beecher Stowe letter to Elizabeth Georgiana.

    Andover, MA - 31 July 1863

    This year has been one long sigh, one smothering sob, to me. And I thank God that we have as yet one or two generous friends in England who understand and feel for our cause.

  • letter to William Sherman.

    Mansfield, OH - 3 August 1863

    John Sherman letter to William Sherman... With the officers of the army you stand very high.

  • letter to John Sherman.

    Camp On Big Black, MS - 3 August 1863

    W.T. Sherman letter to brother John Sherman...You and I may differ in our premises, but will agree in our conclusions.

  • letter to A. De Gasparin.

    Washington, DC - 4 August 1863

    abraham lincoln --TO COUNT A. DE GASPARIN

  • Robert Lee letter to Jefferson Davis.

    Camp Orange, VA - 8 August 1863

    The general remedy for the want of success in a military commander is his removal. This is natural, and in many instances proper.

  • Mary Boykin Chestnut Journal Entry.

    Richmond, VA - 10 August 1863

    I screamed again and again until my whole household came rushing in, and then came the negroes from the yard, all wakened by my piercing shrieks. This may have been a dream, but it haunts me.

  • Walt Whitman letter to Louisa Whitman.

    Washington, MD - 11 August 1863

    I feel so anxious to hear from George ; one cannot help feeling uneasy, although these days sometimes it cannot help being long intervals without one's hearing from friends in the army.

  • Jefferson Davis letter to Robert Lee.

    Richmond, VA - 11 August 1863

    I am glad that you concur so entirely with me as to the wants of our country in this trying hour

  • letter to .

    Richmond, VA - 13 August 1863

    Robert E. Lee letter to his soldiers ...a day of fasting, humiliation, and prayer.

  • letter to Alexander Boteler.

    St George, Bermu, ENG - 13 August 1863

    Rose O'Neal Greenhow letter to A.R. Boteler... I have as you will see arrived here in despite of Yankee crusiers who gave us a close chase all the way

  • Henry Halleck letter to George Mcclellan.

    Washington, MD - 14 August 1863

    You will send up your troops as rapidly as possible. There is no difficulty in landing them.

  • Sarah Dawson Journal Entry.

    New Orleans, LA - 14 August 1863

    DOOMED to be bored! To-night Miriam drags me to a soiree musicale

  • letter to James Hackett.

    Washington, DC - 17 August 1863

    abraham lincoln -- Letter to James H. Hackett. Washington. August 17, 1863

  • Walt Whitman letter to Louisa Whitman.

    Washington, MD - 18 August 1863

    We are expecting to hear of more rows in New York about the draft ; it commences there right away

  • Sarah Dawson Journal Entry.

    New Orleans, LA - 24 August 1863

    I consider myself outrageously imposed upon! I am so indignant that I have spent a whole evening making faces at myself.

  • Walt Whitman letter to Louisa Whitman.

    Washington, MD - 25 August 1863

    while so many fall that we know, or, what is about as bad, get sick or hurt in the fight, and lay in hospital, it seems almost a miracle that George should have gone through so much, South and North and East and West

  • letter to James Conkling.

    Washington, DC - 26 August 1863

    abraham lincoln -- The Letter to James C. Conkling. August 26, 1863

  • Jefferson Davis letter to James Howry.

    Richmond, VA - 27 August 1863

    The disasters in Mississippi were both great and unexpected to me. I had thought that the troops sent to the State, added to those already there, made a force large enough to accomplish the destruction of Grant's army.

  • letter to William Sherman.

    Mansfield, OH - 29 August 1863

    John Sherman letter to William Sherman... General Ord stopped with me last Sunday on his way East.

  • Robert Lee letter to James Longstreet.

    Richmond, VA - 31 August 1863

    I have wished for several days past to return to the army, but have been detained by the President.

  • Walt Whitman letter to Louisa Whitman.

    Washington, MD - 1 September 1863

    I have been thinking to-day and all yesterday about the draft in Brooklyn, and whether Jeff would be drafted ; you must some of you write me just as soon as you get this I want to know

  • James Longstreet letter to Robert Lee.

    unknown - 2 September 1863

    I know but little of the condition of our affairs in the West, but am inclined to the opinion that our best opportunity for great results is in Tennessee.

  • Theodore Lyman letter to Elizabeth Russell.

    Headquarters Army Of The Potomac, VA - 3 September 1863

    Behold me, installed in solemn state! having thus far lost no limb. Betimes, at seven this morning, I was duly at the Alexandria ferryboat with horses, Silas and Albert.

  • Theodore Lyman letter to Elizabeth Russell.

    Headquarters Army Of The Potomac, VA - 6 September 1863

    I promised to tell you how I invited General Meade to go with me and see General Sykes. If I didn't know any thing, I looked like a Commander-in-Chief, for I had the best horse and the best accoutrements

  • Mary Boykin Chestnut Journal Entry.

    Richmond, VA - 7 September 1863

    He had an odd habit of falling into a state of incessant winking as soon as he became the least startled or agitated. In such times he seemed persistently to be winking one eye at you.

  • Walt Whitman letter to Louisa Whitman.

    Washington, MD - 8 September 1863

    Mother, one's heart grows sick of war, after all, when you see what it really is ; every once in a while I feel so horrified and disgusted it seems to me like a great slaughter-house and the men mutually butchering each

  • Theodore Lyman letter to Elizabeth Russell.

    Headquarters Army Of The Potomac, VA - 9 September 1863

    In my last I forwarded a landscape with Headquarters of the 3d Corps in the verdant background. In this, I will describe the Review, at which, as the Gauls say, "I assisted."

  • James Lowell letter to Thomas Hughs.

    Harvard College, MA - 9 September 1863

    To almost any other Englishman I should think it needful to explain that he is not President Lincoln, you are all so "shady" in our matters.

  • Mary Boykin Chestnut Journal Entry.

    Camden, SC - 10 September 1863

    Lee has proved to be all that my husband prophesied of him when he was so unpopular and when Joe Johnston was the great god of war.

  • Sarah Dawson Journal Entry.

    New Orleans, LA - 10 September 1863

    O my prophetic soul! part of your forebodings are already verified! And in what an unpleasant way!

  • Theodore Lyman letter to Elizabeth Russell.

    Headquarters Army Of The Potomac, VA - 11 September 1863

    The conversation of the officers is extremely entertaining, as most of them have been in a good many battles. They say that General Meade is an extremely cool man.

  • George Pickett letter to Salle Corbell Pickett.

    Headquarters - 13 September 1863

    OLD Peter is to go to Tennessee to reenforce Bragg. He has placed his plans before the Secretary of War.

  • Walt Whitman letter to Louisa Whitman.

    Washington, MD - 15 September 1863

    Burnside has managed splendidly so far, his taking Knoxville and all together it is a first-class success.

  • Theodore Lyman letter to Elizabeth Russell.

    Headquarters Army Of The Potomac, VA - 17 September 1863

    Perhaps you would like to hear about our little cavalry performance. Of course there was not hard fighting, and a hundred or so will cover all the killed and wounded; nevertheless, as the whole was new to me

  • letter to Benjamin Gratz.

    Philadelphia, PA - 21 September 1863

    Rebecca Gratz letter to brother Benjamin Gratz... I hoped when the traitor Morgan was defeated Kentucky would have rest and the law abiding community restored to order...

  • Theodore Lyman letter to Elizabeth Russell.

    Headquarters Army Of The Potomac, VA - 22 September 1863

    Yesterday came General Buford, commander of the second Cavalry Division, and held a pow-wow.

  • Jefferson Davis letter to Pius Ix.

    Richmond, VA - 23 September 1863

    I have read with emotion the deep grief therein expressed for the ruin and devastation caused by the war which is now being waged by the United States

  • Walt Whitman letter to Louisa Whitman.

    Washington, MD - 29 September 1863

    As to Burnside, I suppose you know he is among his friends, and I think this quite important, for such the main body of East Tennesseans are, and are far truer Americans anyhow than the Copperheads of the North.

  • Theodore Lyman letter to Elizabeth Russell.

    Headquarters Army Of The Potomac, VA - 29 September 1863

    I see such flocks of generals now, that I do not always take the pains to describe them. On Sunday there arrived General Benham, one of the dirtiest and most ramshackle parties I ever saw.

  • Theodore Lyman letter to Elizabeth Russell.

    Headquarters Army Of The Potomac, VA - 1 October 1863

    Yesterday we had a sword presentation (nothing else to do now, you know) .

  • Theodore Lyman letter to Elizabeth Russell.

    Headquarters Army Of The Potomac, VA - 4 October 1863

    Yesterday there was a poor farmer, that filled me with admiration. He had travelled a thousand miles from his place in Indiana to get the body of his only son, killed in our cavalry skirmish of the 13th September.

  • Walt Whitman letter to Louisa Whitman.

    Washington, MD - 6 October 1863

    Mother, I think Rosecrans and Burnside will be too much for the Rebels down there yet.

  • Sarah Dawson Journal Entry.

    New Orleans, LA - 6 October 1863

    I hope this will be the last occasion on which I shall refer to the topic to which this unfortunate book seems to have been devoted.

  • Walt Whitman letter to Abby Price.

    Washington, MD - 11 October 1863

    I am continually moving around among the hospitals. One I go to oftenest the last three months is Armory-square, as it is large, generally full of the worst wounds and sickness, and is among the least visited.

  • Theodore Lyman letter to Elizabeth Russell.

    Headquarters Army Of The Potomac, VA - 11 October 1863

    Uncle Lee has concluded that we have stared long enough at each other, and so is performing some fancy antics, though whether he means to fight, or retreat after a feint, or merely take a walk, I know not.

  • Theodore Lyman letter to Elizabeth Russell.

    Headquarters Army Of The Potomac, VA - 12 October 1863

    our great object is Uncle Lee's army (one might properly say our only object), we have to watch and follow his movements, so as, 1st, to catch him if possible in a good corner; or, 2d, to prevent his catching us in a bad corner

  • Walt Whitman letter to Louisa Whitman.

    Washington, MD - 13 October 1863

    Mother, I so much want to see you, even if only for a couple of weeks, for I feel I must return here and continue my hospital operations.

  • Theodore Lyman letter to Elizabeth Russell.

    Headquarters Army Of The Potomac, VA - 16 October 1863

    The Rebels toward evening went feeling along our line about three miles from here with cavalry and artillery, and kept up a desultory cannonade

  • Theodore Lyman letter to Elizabeth Russell.

    Headquarters Army Of The Potomac, VA - 19 October 1863

    we saw a spectacle such as few even of the old officers had ever beheld; namely, 2500 waggons, all parked on a great, open, prairie-like piece of ground, hundreds of acres in extent.

  • Walt Whitman letter to Louisa Whitman.

    Washington, MD - 20 October 1863

    I pay $10 a month; this includes gas, but not fuel.

  • Henry Halleck letter to George Mcclellan.

    Washington, MD - 21 October 1863

    If you have not been, and are not now in condition to obey it, you will be able to show such want of ability.

  • Theodore Lyman letter to Elizabeth Russell.

    Headquarters Army Of The Potomac, VA - 23 October 1863

    we drove in great state to General Halleck's office; where General Meade went in and held a solemn pow-wow; the two came forth presently and walked over to the White-House, where they held another pow-pow with the President.

  • Mary Boykin Chestnut Journal Entry.

    Camden, SC - 24 October 1863

    James Chesnut is at home on his way back to Richmond; had been sent by the President to make the rounds of the Western armies; says Polk is a splendid old fellow.

  • Theodore Lyman letter to Elizabeth Russell.

    Headquarters Army Of The Potomac, VA - 26 October 1863

    Did I tell you that Lee passed through Warrenton and passed a night. He was received with bouquets and great joy.

  • Walt Whitman letter to Louisa Whitman.

    Washington, MD - 27 October 1863

    I have finally made up my mind that Mr. Lincoln has done as good as a human man could do. I still think him a pretty big President.

  • Mary Boykin Chestnut Journal Entry.

    Camden, SC - 27 October 1863

    Young Wade Hampton has been here for a few days, a guest of our nearest neighbor and cousin, Phil Stockton.

  • letter to Mary Lee.

    Richmond, VA - 1 November 1863

    Robert E. Lee letter to wife Mary ...I am sorry you find such difficulty in procuring yarn for socks, etc.

  • Theodore Lyman letter to Elizabeth Russell.

    Headquarters Army Of The Potomac, VA - 1 November 1863

    Buford was here last night, and said he thought he could just "boolge" across the river and scare the Rebels to death; which would certainly be a highly desirable event, for we should have quite a chance of a visit home.

  • Theodore Lyman letter to Elizabeth Russell.

    Headquarters Army Of The Potomac, VA - 3 November 1863

    some two weeks, I have had a tent-mate, a Swede, one of those regular Europeans, who have been forever in the army, and who know no more about campaigning than a young child.

  • letter to Mary Lee.

    Richmond, VA - 5 November 1863

    Robert E. Lee letter to wife Mary ...I had not been on horseback for five days previously and feared I should not get through.

  • James Longstreet letter to Simon Bucknor.

    unknown - 5 November 1863

    When I heard the report around camp that I was to go into East Tennessee, I set to work at once to try and plan the means for making the move with security and the hope of great results.

  • Mary Boykin Chestnut Journal Entry.

    Camden, SC - 5 November 1863

    For a week we have had such a tranquil, happy time here. Both my husband and Johnny are here still. James Chesnut spent his time sauntering around with his father

  • Theodore Lyman letter to Elizabeth Russell.

    Headquarters Army Of The Potomac, VA - 7 November 1863

    This morning, forward march! horse, foot, and artillery, all streaming towards Dixie; weather fresh and fine, nothing to mar but a high wind, and, in some places, clouds of dust.

  • Theodore Lyman letter to Elizabeth Russell.

    Headquarters Army Of The Potomac, VA - 9 November 1863

    Two regiments, the 6th Maine and 7th Wisconsin, just at sundown, as the light was fading, charged up a long, naked slope, in face of the fire of a brigade and of four cannon, and carried the works at the point of the bayonet.

  • Sarah Dawson Journal Entry.

    New Orleans, LA - 9 November 1863

    Another odd link of the old, stale story has come to me, all the way from New York.

  • letter to Edwin Stanton.

    Washington, DC - 11 November 1863

    abraham lincoln -- Note to Secretary Stanton. Washington. November 11, 1863

  • Theodore Lyman letter to Elizabeth Russell.

    Headquarters Army Of The Potomac, VA - 13 November 1863

    Here we continue to dwell in our pine wood, in grave content, consuming herds of cattle and car-loads of bread with much regularity.

  • letter to William Sherman.

    Mansfield, OH - 14 November 1863

    John Sherman letter to William Sherman... On Tuesday next I start for Gettysburg to take part in the pageant of a dedication of the battle-field...

  • Theodore Lyman letter to Elizabeth Russell.

    Headquarters Army Of The Potomac, VA - 15 November 1863

    A little before one o clock came a telegraph that four officers of the "Ghords" were coming in the train, and that we were to send an officer, with ten men, also four led horses, to bring them up.

  • Theodore Lyman letter to Elizabeth Russell.

    Headquarters Army Of The Potomac, VA - 19 November 1863

    By Brandy Station we came across a line of rifle-pits that the Rebs had thrown up, probably on the Saturday night of their retreat, so as to cover the trains falling back on the Rapid Ann.

  • Sarah Dawson Journal Entry.

    New Orleans, LA - 22 November 1863

    A report has just reached us that my poor dear Gibbes has been taken prisoner along with the rest of Hayes's brigade.

  • Theodore Lyman letter to Elizabeth Russell.

    Headquarters Army Of The Potomac, VA - 25 November 1863

    I write a line, merely to say that the entire army is under marching orders, for daylight to-morrow; the men in high spirits.

  • Sarah Dawson Journal Entry.

    New Orleans, LA - 26 November 1863

    Brother has applied to have him paroled and sent here, or even imprisoned here, if he cannot be paroled.

  • Theodore Lyman letter to Elizabeth Russell.

    Headquarters Army Of The Potomac, VA - 27 November 1863

    From Rapid Ann Station to Morton's Ford, the Rebels have a strong line of entrenchments, but, beyond that, it is practicable to force a crossing, because the north bank commands the south.

  • James Longstreet letter to Lafayette Mclaws.

    unknown - 28 November 1863

    I am not at all confident that General Bragg has had a serious battle at Chattanooga, but there is a report that he has, and that he has fallen back to Tunnel Hill.

  • Mary Boykin Chestnut Journal Entry.

    Richmond, VA - 28 November 1863

    Our pleasant home sojourn was soon broken up. Johnny had to go back to Company A, and my husband was ordered by the President to make a second visit to Bragg's Army.

  • Mary Boykin Chestnut Journal Entry.

    Richmond, VA - 30 November 1863

    I must describe an adventure I had in Kingsville. Of course, I know nothing of children : in point of fact, am awfully afraid of them.

  • Mary Boykin Chestnut Journal Entry.

    Richmond, VA - 30 November 1863

    Anxiety pervades. Lee is fighting Meade. Misery is everywhere.

  • Sarah Dawson Journal Entry.

    New Orleans, LA - 30 November 1863

    Our distress about Gibbes has been somewhat relieved by good news from Jimmy.

  • Mary Boykin Chestnut Journal Entry.

    Richmond, VA - 2 December 1863

    Bragg begs to be relieved of his command. The army will be relieved to get rid of him. He has a winning way of earning everybody's detestation. Heavens, how they hate him !

  • Mary Boykin Chestnut Journal Entry.

    Richmond, VA - 4 December 1863

    In the street a barrel of flour sells for one hundred and fifteen dollars.

  • Mary Boykin Chestnut Journal Entry.

    Richmond, VA - 5 December 1863

    Wigfall was here last night. He began by wanting to hang Jeff Davis. My husband managed him beautifully. He soon ceased to talk virulent nonsense

  • Mary Boykin Chestnut Journal Entry.

    Richmond, VA - 9 December 1863

    Come here, Mrs. Chesnut, said Mary Preston to-day, " they are lifting General Hood out of his carriage, here, at your door."

  • letter to Alexander Boteler.

    London, ENG - 10 December 1863

    Rose O'Neal Greenhow letter to A.R. Boteler... I trust that my friends will not forget me or believe that even amidst the enjoyments of my present existance that I can for a moment be oblivious of the friends I have left behind

  • Theodore Lyman letter to Elizabeth Russell.

    Headquarters Army Of The Potomac, VA - 10 December 1863

    ll the officers are inclined to be petulant and touchy, for they think that winter quarters are coming and are all stretching out for "leaves," which they know only a part can get.

  • Mary Boykin Chestnut Journal Entry.

    Richmond, VA - 10 December 1863

    Mrs. Davis and Mrs. Lyons came. We had luncheon brought in for them

  • Theodore Lyman letter to Elizabeth Russell.

    Headquarters Army Of The Potomac, VA - 12 December 1863

    I am more and more struck, on reflection, with General Meade's consistency and self-control in refusing to attack.

  • Mary Boykin Chestnut Journal Entry.

    Richmond, VA - 14 December 1863

    Drove out with Mrs. Davis. She had a watch in her hand which some poor dead soldier wanted to have sent to his family.

  • Walt Whitman letter to Louisa Whitman.

    Washington, MD - 15 December 1863

    The last word I got from home was your letter written the night before Andrew was buried Friday night, nearly a fortnight ago.

  • Theodore Lyman letter to Elizabeth Russell.

    Headquarters Army Of The Potomac, VA - 16 December 1863

    The peaceful dolce far niente of the forenoon was suddenly broken by a telegraph, announcing a Russian invasion nothing less than a legion of Muscovite naval officers pouring down, to the number of twenty -four, in a special train, on our devoted hea

  • Jefferson Davis letter to E Smith.

    Richmond, VA - 19 December 1863

    I have directed a supply of arms, say 25,000, to be sent to you across the Missi. & have telegraphed to Genl. Johnston to correspond with you so as to secure your cooperation in giving protection & transportation to the arms

  • Mary Boykin Chestnut Journal Entry.

    Richmond, VA - 19 December 1863

    A box has come from home for me. Taking advantage of this good fortune and a full larder, have asked Mrs. Davis to dine with me.

  • Mary Boykin Chestnut Journal Entry.

    Richmond, VA - 24 December 1863

    As we walked, Brewster reported a row he had had with General Hood.

  • Mary Boykin Chestnut Journal Entry.

    Richmond, VA - 25 December 1863

    Yesterday dined with the Prestons. Wore one of my handsomest Paris dresses (from Paris before the war).

  • letter to John Sherman.

    Lancaster, OH - 29 December 1863

    W.T. Sherman letter to brother John Sherman...I hear you have gone on to New York, and therefore I must go off without seeing you.

  • letter to John Sherman.

    Lancaster, OH - 30 December 1863

    W.T. Sherman letter to brother John Sherman...I have been importuned from many quarters for my likeness, autographs, and biography.

  • Sarah Dawson Journal Entry.

    New Orleans, LA - 31 December 1863

    The last of eighteen sixty-three is passing away as I write...