200 Alabama Bicentennial

Celebrating Alabama’s 200th birthday2017 2018 2019

  • Letter from James Jackson at Fort Barrancas, Florida, to his wife

    At the time this letter was written, Jackson was serving as a captain in the 7th Alabama Infantry. He discusses conditions at the fort. He mentions "great sickness in the camp," including measles and typhoid fever, and he describes the strict discipline of camp life and the daily drills. He expresses his disappointment with many of the officers.

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  • Letter from Jabez Curry to his son, Thomas, a Confederate soldier

    Curry discusses possible military movements and the progress of the war. He urges his son to stand for election as captain and to accept any promotion he might be offered in the future. He ends by describing conditions at home, such as the lack of food and supplies.

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  • Transcript of a receipt from Captain N. Tucker, listing payment and clothing presented to I.B. Cadenhead

    The receipt also gives information about Cadenhead's rank, physical description, birthplace, occupation, and enlistment. At the time it was issued, Cadenhead was serving in Company F of the 45th Alabama Infantry.

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  • “A Substitute Wanted”

    Advertisement seeking to hire a replacement for a Confederate soldier, "For which a liberal price will be paid."

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  • “$30 Reward”

    Advertisement offering a reward for the return of a Confederate soldier who ran away from Wayside Hospital in Demopolis, Alabama. The ad gives a full physical description.

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  • Conscripts Under Eighteen and Over Forty Five

    This article cites The Richmond Whig, which reports that Confederate conscription has been extended to men between the ages of 17 and 50. This was the second time the age range had been increased; originally, only men between 18 and 35 years were eligible to be drafted.

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  • Letter from James Jackson from the Chickahominy Battlefield in Virginia to his wife, parents, and sisters

    At the time this letter was written, Jackson was serving in the 47th Alabama Infantry. He describes the recent Confederate victory at the Battle of Gaines' Mill (also known as the Battle of Chickahominy River). Jackson also mentions his slave, whom he plans to send home soon, and he discusses the horses and "two millions worth of property" taken from the Union troops after battle.

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  • Letter from Thomas Warrick near Tupelo, Mississippi, to his wife, Martha

    During the war, Warrick served in the Coosa Home Guards, and he was a private in Company C of the 34th Alabama Infantry. In the letter he gives news of mutual acquaintances and describes death and despair in the camp.

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  • Letter from S.R. Mallory to Vice Admiral Raphael Semmes

    In the letter Mallory informs Semmes that General Lee has advised the Confederate government to evacuate Richmond. Semmes is to destroy his ships and lead his men to Danville, Virginia, "rationed as far as possible for the march, and armed and equipped for duty in the field."

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