- Anti-Confederate Southerners in Tennessee
August 10, 1864 KNOX, Tennessee War
Despite their geographical locations in the South, many southerners found themselves strongly opposed to the Rebel cause, as indicated by this and several other editorials written in W.G. Brownlow's Knoxville Whig. This particular article is a call to arms, so to speak, against Rebel sympathizers who have been for months, heading guerilla bands, robbing Union families, and burning down Union...
1830 to 1835 LIBERTY, Georgia African-Americans, Health/Death, Race-Relations, Slavery, Women
In the days before baby formula, new mothers had far fewer options for food for their babies. Because of rampant childhood diseases and absence of many other options of sustenance for infants, breastmilk played a vitally important role in the development of society and families. Many slaveholding women designated enslaved women to be wet nurses for the newly born white children. As Robert Mallard describes...
- Subsistence Bureau Circular
November 3, 1864 HENRICO, Virginia Agriculture, War
Written after the passage of an impressments law, explained in General Orders No. 69 on August 27, 1864, this circular from the Confederacy's War Department in Richmond decries the lack of subsistence being provided for the war effort. Essentially, General Orders No. 69 held that every exempt and detailed agriculturists' (i.e. plantation farmers, mainly) was to provide 100 pounds of bacon,...