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A Union Girl In The South 05: Dora Miller’s Civil War Diary, Jan 28, 1861

This is the second part of Dora Miller’s Civil War diary entry for January 28, 1861. Here’s the first entry for this date. How Southern Churches Adapted to Secession On this Monday Dora took note in her diary of a … Continue reading

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A Union Girl In The South 04: Dora Miller’s Civil War Diary, Jan 28, 1861

When Dora Miller published her Civil War diary in the 1880s, she changed or obscured the names of the people she talked about, since many of them were still alive at the time. One of those people was a young … Continue reading

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Chain Gangs, South and North, During and Before the Civil War

The Wikipedia article on chain gangs* claims they began in the U. S. just after the Civil War. But that’s not the case. The chain gang was in use to punish convicts and reap the rewards of their labor long … Continue reading

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The Last Confederate Christmas in Atlanta, 1863

In 1897 writer Wallace Putnam Reed (author of History of Atlanta, Georgia) published an article in the Atlanta Journal sharing his memories of the Christmas of 1863. That was the last Christmas before a particularly unwelcome visitor by the name … Continue reading

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