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Camp near Richmond, August 5, 1861

Camp near Richmond, Aug: 5th 1861 Dearest Eliza I am officer of the day today and in expectation rather than having a certainty of leaving tomorrow for Manassas. I hoped to find time to write you quite a long letter … Continue reading

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Hotel Fire! Portsmouth, Virginia, 1859

Macon House Jan: 16th 1859 Dear Eliza As you will rather expect to hear from me tomorrow evening, and as also events occurring around me since I left you enable me to scribble off a long & interesting letter, I … Continue reading

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Slave list, 1860

  See Slave Lists for transcriptions, photo credits, Edenton slave baptisms, 1850 slave lists, 1846 slave lists, Gabriel Johnston slave estate, Thomas King’s slaves, and African American slave families in antebellum Edenton.

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Bullying, 1840

 January 16, 1840 Our “bloodthirsty season” has come again. You may recollect that I told you of a fight which occured between Christmas & the 22nd of Feb. last year.[1] I must now tell you of one which I fear … Continue reading

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Old Valentine Again, 1848

~~~ Old Valentine again has come – With joy to most, tho’ grief to some; And we who are young and gay should be, Free to receive him merrily.   

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Single, 1846

Harveys Neck March 28th 1846 My dear Miss Eliza— On the 25th of last month I wrote to you, and I cannot think that you would have permitted so long a time to pass without answering, if you had received, … Continue reading

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Young Love in the Old South

In the early spring of 1841, thirteen-year-old Eliza Fisk Harwood of Williamsburg, Virginia, wrote a letter to her friend Tristrim “Trim” Skinner so crammed with news that it was practically unreadable. What she considered to be her most important news, … Continue reading

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“General Harrison is certainly dead,” April 5, 1841

Williamsburg April 5th 1841 [Tazewell Hall] Conscience, my dear friend has severely reproved for thus neglecting to answer your truly welcome letter, and I sincerely hope that you will not think the phrase “out of sight, out of mind” applicable … Continue reading

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Baltimore: 1844 Whig Rally

  Get Out Of The Way For Old Kentucky Get out of the way, you’re all unlucky; Clear the track for Old Kentucky![1] Sold by J. Murphy, 146 Market st. Balt. Baltimore May 3 1844 Dear Father – I take … Continue reading

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Camp at Fair Oaks, June 5, 1862

Camp on last Saturday’s battlefield – June 5th 1862 My dearest Wife I know that you have felt very anxious about me on account of not hearing from me since mine of Sunday morning[1], but I recollect having written you … Continue reading

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