Sunday, 1865 January 22, [Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana]: “I . . . ask a leave of absence . . . to visit my home in Guadalupe County Texas, distant about 550 miles.”

[A Texas cavalry colonel stationed in Confederate Louisiana requests a leave of absence.] Head Quarters, 1st Texas Cavalry, Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana, January 22, 1865 Lt. Col. John N. Gallaher Assistant Adjutant General, District [of] West Louisiana Sir: Having been in … Continue reading

Thursday, 1864 November 24, Albemarle County, Virginia: “I am trying now to procure some socks for them. The prospect is not encouraging.”

[A Confederate officer discusses extended medical furloughs and obtaining clothing for members of his regiment] North Garden Albemarle Co., Va. Nov. 24, 1864 Dear Lieut:– The description lists have been received. Sergt. [Gillock] left here to-day for his command for … Continue reading

Monday, 1864 October 17, [Cedar Creek], Virginia: “To cast for me and in my name and stead . . . my vote or ballot, the same as if I was personally present at the General election”

[A New York state absentee voter authorization form for a Union soldier stationed in Virginia] Soldier’s Power of Attorney. In pursuance of an Act of the Legislature of the State of New-York, entitled “An Act to enable the qualified electors … Continue reading

Tuesday, 1864 August 16; Wednesday, August 17 and Thursday, August 18 [City Point, Virginia]: “Hard work carrying Lumber up the Hill”

[Pocket diary of David Probert, a New Jersey civilian employed as a carpenter by the United States Military Railroads during the siege of Petersburg, Virginia] [Page heading] August, TUESDAY, 16, 1864. Hot in the morning, [unintelligible] am finished the Cook … Continue reading

Sunday, 1864 July 31, [Headquarters Camp William Penn, Chelton Hills, Virginia]: “We, the undersigned . . . Musicians . . . acknowledged to have received . . . several articles of Clothing”

[Record of clothing and equipment, and their monetary value, issued to sixteen African-American soldiers of an United Stated Colored Troops brigade band] [Form] No. 52. We, the undersigned . . . Musicians of Brigade Band No. 2 U. S. C. … Continue reading