Images of Battlesoldiers smoking pipes

Selected Civil War Letters from the Southern Historical Collection

The following letters were written by Confederate and Union soldiers from the Civil War battlefront. Descriptions of General "Stonewall" Jackson's wounding, the horrors of Gettysburg, and the loss of comrades are matched by expressions of devotion to country, to God, and to loved ones left behind.

The documents in this exhibit were originally selected by John White, who also wrote the caption text. All of the manuscripts and photographic images are from the Southern Historical Collection in the Manuscripts Department of the Academic Affairs Library at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. For exhibit only: permission to publish must be requested.

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The letters describe military actions in the following locations:

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To see any one of the letters listed below, just click on the individual's name.

white dotAlexander Haskell, 17 April 1861, Fort Sumter, S.C.
black dotCharles Hutson, 22 July 1861, First Battle of Manassas, Va.
red dotWilliam Cooley, 22 June 1862, Hilton Head, S.C.
yellow dotJames Munnerlyn, 9 October 1862, Frederick, Md.
light green dotIsaac Howard, 25 December 1862, Fredericksburg, Va.
light blue dotAndrew Sproul, 26 January 1863, Yazoo River, Miss.
blue dotEdward Rowe, 11 May 1863, Chancellorsville, Va.
light purple dotA. J. Withrow, 3 June 1863, Vicksburg, Miss.
burgundy dotJohn Caldwell, 22 June 1863 and 18 July 1863, Gettysburg, Pa.
dark green dotJ. T. Kern, 2 April 1864, Dalton, Ga.
dark purple dotLewis Warlick, 19 May 1864, Spotsylvania, Va.
redish dotI. Shoger, 16 April 1865, Raleigh, N.C.

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The online version of this exhibit was developed by SILS students John Barden, Mary Williams, and Ryan Womack in cooperation with the Manuscripts Department. Last updated May 30, 1996. Last update November 1997.

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