Blood relations may help save a historic document tied to Franklin’s bloodiest day. Money is being collected to restore "Book of the Dead," journal kept by Civil War heroine Carrie McGavock after the Battle of Franklin. Journal lists all the names and regiments of more than 1,400 soldiers buried in the nearby Confederate cemetery. Fighting between Confederate and Union soldiers left more than 8,000 casualties on Nov. 30, 1864 and Carrie McGavock, known as "the Widow of the South", helped tend to wounded soldiers.
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Preservationists rally to restore "Book of the Dead" Civil War journal
Owner of Civil War Letters going ahead with auction
The U-S Supreme Court has rejected South Carolina's request to argue about ownership of 400 Civil War letters, clearing the way for those letters to be auctioned. Thomas Willcox has been trying to sell the letters for 3 years. They're valued at 2.4 million dollars. The letters include correspondence from General Robert E. Lee and were gathered by Confederate Major General Evander McIver Law during the 1865 attack on Columbia.
Intern steals Lincoln death notice from U.S. archives
A 40-year-old intern with the National Archives stole 165 Civil War documents - including the War Department's announcement of President Abraham Lincoln's death - and sold most of them on eBay. Denning McTague, who runs a Web site that sells rare books, worked at a National Archives site in the city last summer. McTague has helped officials recover most of the missing items and plans to plead guilty. The stolen Civil War-era documents include telegrams concerning the troops' weaponry. "These are pieces of American history to be preserved, not sold to the highest bidder."
A Civil War diary Young soldier wrote of hardships
There is a fascinating story in the Civil War diary of James Palmer, a corporal in Company 1 of the 40th Regiment Mississippi Volunteers. Palmer's regiment was organized at Meridian on May 14, 1862. "We then had to get away the best we coulde the enemy flanked us on our left by way of the railroad bridge we had to martch up in frunt of the enemy and them firing in to us with grape and canister and small arms but doing very little damage they captured quite a number of our men we only had a small bridge to cross on..."