1864: In Their Words

This page is an archive of blog posts from the series 1864: In Their Words.

The series begins in January 2019 and continued for the entire year. Exploring the thoughts, feelings, actions, and consequences of real people caught in the turmoil of civil war, 1864: In Their Words provides a quote with contextual background regarding the author, location, or event.

(Please note that the the posts are ordered “backward” in this archive. To begin with January, start at the end of the page.)

1864: “My Heart Was Sad”

Oct. 2/64 Today Captain Bowen, Surgeon Smith and myself attended the Episcopal Church, it being the only one in use, the others having been taken for hospitals. This church has a fine organ and choir. The music was good, and we enjoyed it, but the sermon was a little rebellious….

1864: “Are You Coming Home To Vote?

Balto. Sept. 26th 1864 Dearest Emma ….The news are very encouraging this evening. It is reported that Mobile has surrendered unconditionally to Admiral Farragut. I hope it may prove true. Gold is falling very fast and everything is of an encouraging nature….

1864: “This Miserable Day”

September 19, 1864 ….Heard news this evening of the falling back of our army. Oh! me I feel so very very sad this evening. Uncle John is here and a Mr. Taylor stayed all night.

1864: “A General and Warrior on a Peace Platform”

September 3, Saturday. New York City is shouting for McClellan, and there is a forced effort elsewhere to get a favorable response to the proceeding at Chicago. As usual some timid men are alarmed, and there are some like Raymond, Chairman of the National Committee who have no fixed and reliable principles that are without … Continue reading 1864: “A General and Warrior on a Peace Platform”

1864: “This Administration Will Not Be Elected”

Executive MansionWashington, Aug. 23, 1864. This morning, as for some days past, it seems exceedingly probable that this Administration will not be reelected. Then it will be my duty to so cooperate with the President elect, as to save the Union between the election and inauguration; as he will have secured his election on such … Continue reading 1864: “This Administration Will Not Be Elected”

1864: “Being An Invalid”

Our latest 1864 blog post (as we play “catch up” to share more history)! This one is about the Invalid Corps, Courtship Letters, and Ice Cream – a summer combination… #1864words

1864: “My Company”

July 21st [1864] Made breastworks of logs, and by nine Oclock A.M. the Yanks artillery opened on us from our left, their shell enfalading our lines. They have heard us chopping down trees and building our works and have our range – and the woods are so thick we can’t see them. Their artillery are … Continue reading 1864: “My Company”

1864: “Checked The Progress Of The Enemy Towards Richmond”

The Commanding Gen takes pleasure in announcing to the Army the series of successes which by the blessing of God, have recently been achieved by our arms. A part of the enemy’s force threatening the [Valley] of Virginia has been[illegible] by Gen Imboden’s and driven back by the Potomac, with the loss of their wagon … Continue reading 1864: “Checked The Progress Of The Enemy Towards Richmond”

1864: “May Be Relied Upon For Active Duty”

May 2, 1864 HQ, VMIMaj. Gen. John C. BreckinridgeComd. Dept. of Western Va. Dublin Depot General,I have the honor to enclose herewith a letter from General R.E. Lee, Commanding Army of N. Virginia, addressed to the Adjutant General of Virginia–also–a copy of instructions from the Governor of Virginia communicated by the Adjutant General defining my … Continue reading 1864: “May Be Relied Upon For Active Duty”

1864: “The Fair For The Sanitary Commission Is A Good Excuse…”

March 17, 1864 I went today to the Knickerbocker Kitchen Committee for the benefit of the Sanitary Fair. Mrs. Judge Roosevelt is chairman. she wants us to wear the old Dutch costume. Hers is already being made, she said. It is too far from the Fair, being in Union Square, and too few, I thought … Continue reading 1864: “The Fair For The Sanitary Commission Is A Good Excuse…”

1864: “Three Hundred Pairs of Stockings, Knitted By Yourself”

Executive Mansion Washington, Jany. 8, 1864 Mrs. Esther Stockton. Madam: Learning that you who have passed the eighty-fourth year of life, have given to the soldiers, some three hundred pairs of stockings, knitted by yourself, I wish to offer you my thanks. Will you also convey my thanks to those young ladies who have done … Continue reading 1864: “Three Hundred Pairs of Stockings, Knitted By Yourself”

1864: “We Must Make Free Men Of Them Beyond All Question”

Confederate Army of Tennessee – January 2, 1864 …Like past years, 1864 will diminish our ranks by the casualties of war, and what source of repair is there left for us? We therefore see in the recommendations of the President only a temporary expedient, which at the best will leave us twelve months hence in … Continue reading 1864: “We Must Make Free Men Of Them Beyond All Question”