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Fort Caswell Telegraph Log

Identifier: SC-MS-138

Scope and Contents

This collection contains a log of telegraphs sent from Smithville (Southport), Fort Caswell, and Wilmington, North Carolina from January 1863 through May 1863. These telegraphs reveal food shortages, lack of supplies, and war updates involving the Confederacy, primarily in these three North Carolina forts. Battles were not being fought at these forts during these dates, but it is possible to understand from this document what conditions were like and how the armies responded to successes and frustrations.


  • Creation: 1863 January-May

Conditions Governing Access

Access to [portions of] this collection has [have] been restricted by Special Collections in order to preserve the original materials. Contact staff at the Center for Southeast North Carolina Archives & History ( for information on access to this collection.

Copyright Statement

Copyright retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.


1 Container (Contains 1 document box)

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Acquisition Information

The telegraph log was purchased from Historical Americana on May 11, 1998. Additional pages were donated by Tom Broadfoot on May 13, 1998.

Related Materials

Detailed record of telegraphs sent and received:

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Fort Caswell Telegraph Log
Melissa L. Blake
1998 June 09
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Repository Details

Part of the Randall Library Special Collections Repository