Monthly Archives: November 2011

Rooting Out Fugitives in Camp?

Even Democrats Want to Leave Fugitive Slaves Alone From The New-York Times November 30, 1861: Slave-Catching in the Army. MARYLAND, Sunday, Nov. 22, 1861. To the Editor of the New-York Times: The following document was read at our evening regimental … Continue reading

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Southern Patriotism: King Cotton on the Pyre

Since the Battle of Port Royal Union troops have been stationed in the vicinity of Beaufort, South Carolina. Some planters started burning their cotton to prevent it falling into Union hands. From the Richmond Daily Dispatch November 29, 1861: The … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving

150 years ago today most northern states celebrated Thanksgiving. From glancing through The New-York Times it seems that there was sadness for the absence of soldiers through death or away still serving in the one of the many “seats of … Continue reading

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Seizing Salt in Savannah

From the Richmond Daily Dispatch November 26, 1861: A salt Stampede and its Finale. The Augusta (Ga.) Sentinel, of the 23d inst., says: Upon the reception of the news that Governor Brown was appropriating salt at other points, the article … Continue reading

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Warm Clothes Needed for ‘Refugee’ Rebel Soldiers

We’ve seen the Union military ask Northerners to make mittens for its troops as the weather gets colder. Here a Richmond paper is asking citizens to send warm clothing to the troops from the burned down Hampton, Virginia. From the … Continue reading

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Donating to Loyal North Carolinan Relief

From The New-York Times November 24, 1861: A Handsome Donation. BROADWAY AND CHAMBERS STREET, Friday, Nov. 22, 1861. To J.M. MORRISON, ESQ. — Dear Sir: It gives me great pleasure to send you a check for $500, for the “Relief … Continue reading

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Reynard Escapes Hounds

150 years ago tonight the CSS Sumter commanded by Raphael Semmes gave the USS Iroquois the slip at St. Pierrre, Martinique, which was officially neutral as a French possession. James S. Palmer commanded the Iroquois. Here’s a bit from Raphael … Continue reading

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Up (Up, and Away) from Slavery

You can read a description of this image at the Library of Congress. Henry would almost certainly agree with the sentiment. From the Richmond Daily Dispatch November 22, 1861: Ranaway–$100 reward. –Ranaway, on Monday, a Negro Boy, named Henry; about … Continue reading

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No More Purloining & Flattering Press?

From The New-York Times November 21, 1861: THE GOVERNMENT AND THE PRESS. Arrangements have been made between the Heads of Departments in Washington and the representatives of the New-York Press, by which, it is hoped, much of the inconvenience and … Continue reading

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Keepin’ Jeff in the Whale’s Belly

From the Richmond Daily Dispatch November 19, 1861: Black Republican Decency. –We clip the following from the Evansville (Ia.) [In.?] Journal of the 6th, and give it as a specimen: A Rick Town. [?]–Lew, Wallace, after the reception of his … Continue reading

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