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$300 reward

Ranaway, on the 11th April, FANNY DAVIS, and is said to be taken up with Calvin Walis, and has made their escape and has gone to Wilmington or perhaps are trying to make for the Yankees at Newbern. The said boy is a free boy, a bright mulatto, round face, black hair and very dark, about five feet six inches high, and about twenty-two years of age.

The girl was of good character, and is about fifteen years of age, spare made, about five feet in height, slim face, blue eyes, dark hair. The rascal has a sorrel horse with a blaze in his forehead, and blind; also an old buggy. He may trade his horse and buggy. I will pay the above reward for the apprehension of them both – $200 for the girl or $100 for the boy, delivered to me or confined in Jail so that I can get either

J.W. Stutts

Gold Region, Moore county

Source: Fayetteville Observer, April 14, 1864 as found on www.ncecho.org


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February 19, 1864

Our Wedding day! Our one great anniversary of the year! Came home last night tho bitterly cold to keep it alone at home. Early on the morning of the 17th came a message to Mr E from Father requesting him to go down upon the Chowan & bring Lewis home, he having been arrested by our Pickets there. He accordingly went & Father sending the carriage for me, in the afternoon I went up to Conneconara to remain during his absence. It was intensely cold & Mr E had a terrible two days journey of it. It seems that Lewis and Hilliard the run-aways went up to a man whom they took to be a Quaker & asked his aid. He pretended that he was such & under the pretence of sheltering them took them to the house of a Mr Lassiter where he was staying & secured them. He himself was a soldier on leave. During the night they succeeded in getting apart (he had fastened them together), but Hilliard could not get the chain from his neck. Getting to the door they ran off & the soldier seizing his musket fired in the direction where he heard the chain rattle & Lewis says struck Hilliard. In the darkness they got off but soon became separated in their flight. Lewis ran on until he came to a picket station of Col Griffin’s Regt.

Taking them to be Yankees he rushed up to them with “How d’ye! Mr Yankee, How d’ye! I am so glad to see you. We have been looking a long time for you.” They humoured the joke & in a short time he cursed “the Rebels” soundly. Seeing the roof of a shed under the cliff he asked “if that was the Gunboat?,” to which they answered in the affirmative when he said all right I feel safe now. When they told him to take a gun & come with them, they were going to fight immediately, he objected & on their insisting said “it was not fair — they ought to drill him first.” I mention all this to show how he had been tampered with, for a more innocent, ignorant, inoffensive negroe than himself does not exist. He stammers so as to be almost dumb & how he found tongue to say all this is a marvel to those who know him. They amused themselves with him for some time threatening to hang & to shoot him & frightened him so that when his young master came he welcomed him most heartily as a deliverer & made a full & free confession, telling Mr E that it was through the persuasions of the Ferryman Jesse Bartley who was worked on by a free man Henry Cumbo who traveled regularly through our lines to the Yankees, that himself and many others of father’s young negroes had been induced to consent to go off. On Thursday afternoon Mr E brought him home to Conneconara and a more penitent, distressed and, as the negroes say “convinced” individual has rarely been seen. His disclosures implicating several others, Father made his arrangements to sell them & we came home late on Thursday the 18th to aid him in carrying his wishes out & sent for Mr Whetmore to take the negroes to Richmond. He came here today to dinner & is off for Conneconara where we follow in a short time. No public affair worth recording.

Congress expired yesterday, for which God be praised! I would gladly join in a Jubilate or a Te Deum over its dissolution. Weather bitterly cold. Hands all day filling the Ice House & if we can judge from present prospects it will keep well. But half a wedding day. Mr Whetmore & this tiresome business of the negroes having absorbed one half.

Source: Edmondston, Catherine Ann Devereux, 1823-1875, Journal of a Secesh Lady: The Diary of Catherine Ann Devereux Edmondston 1860-1866. Crabtree, Beth G and Patton, James W., (Raleigh, NC: North Carolina Division of Archives and History, 1979).http://nc-historical-publications.stores.yahoo.net/478.html

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$50 Reward

Ranaway from the subscriber, on the 2d inst., his negro man ALFRED. He is about six feet high, and is very straight. He is 65 years old, and is said to have some Indian blood; he is dark copper color. He sighs very often and loud, and talks to himself a great deal. His clothes are good; he has a blue cloth overcoat with him which fits him close.

He can use the tools of a carpenter or shoemaker well.

The subscriber apprehends that he will endeavor to make his way to the Yankees, and ultimately carry off other negroes from the county if he succeeds in getting to the Yankees once.

I will give $25 for his apprehension, if taken in this county, and $50 if taken and confined in jail in any other county; and a reasonable reard for any information in regard to him.

Alfred was raised in Wake county, by some one of the Haywoods.

Albert Myers

White’s Store PO Anson, County


Source: Fayetteville Observer, August 28, 1862 as found on North Carolina Digital Heritage Center

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26 Wednesday [February 26] PM

Hurrah! For the General. He’s a bully boy – We had two of the Navy to dine to day – and they got to discussing war & politics; and the General came out top of the heap – because he had the right on his side – Commander Rowan is for a monarchy, don’t believe the Government can ever be reunited on it presents basis. Capt Case think it will. The General don’t think at all, he knows it   it is what he is fighting for, and what he will fight for to the end – he believes we are in the right, and that an overruling Providence guides the whole affair—“Bully for him” – This morning while we were waiting on the dock for news from the fleet that had been sent to Hatteras to bring up the remainder of our forces, a boat load of boxes, barrels, trunks & c came up along side; as one of the men approached the General I thought he looked like someone I had seen. They proved to be a committee from the Sanitary Commission – with delicacies for the sick & wounded – I noticed the name of “Woolsey” on the Trunk, a lady’s trunk – think I now here comes “Sarah Woolsey” – I went off with the General & thought no more of it, till late in the evening, while I was looking around the camp, I went into their tent & after alking with them, discovered one of the two was a Mr Woolsey, who had come out on his own account, and from pure love & Sympathy for the unfortunate. He is a son of Rev Charles Woolsey & own cousin to Annie & the Wooster St Woolseys, & to the Winthrops – We sat down & talked over our friends; and I hope to find in these two rather more congenial Spirits than in the rest of our company. They are from the Young Mens Christain ass. — & Dr. Tyngs church – We made them very comfortable & they seemed to be surprised to find they were to receive any attention – The General delights in aiding any work of the kind – Yesterday he gave orders for a building to be put up at “Fort Reno” or Camp Burnside,” where all the Contrabands could assemble and be taught by the Chaplains & such of the Soldiers as Should choose to volunteer their Services – There is a Mr. [illeg] on Genl Parkes Staff, a cousin of the [Redmans] of Orange, & ho I think I have seen with them: he is a very pleasant, Gentlemanly fellow, and as I have not yet heard him swear, I hope to cultivate him still more. We have walked & strolled around together a good deal, & I hope he will prove a good fellow –

Source: Daniel Larned Papers, Library of Congress, Transcribed from original by John Barden for Tryon Palace Historic Site & Gardens

*** Daniel Larned was General Burnside’s Private Secretary for most of the Civil War

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