This is a reprint of letters from the Edward McPherson manuscript collection held at the Library of Congress. As detailed in the introduction, the letters are part of the papers of congressman and fierce opponent of slavery and discrimination, Thaddeus Stevens. The letters reprinted here were written by residents of North Carolina deal with social, political, and military issues of the Reconstruction period. This first installment includes correspondence written between December 13, 1865 and February 15, 1868 by William E. Bond, J.H. Rea, C.F. Granger, J.W. Ragland, John Robinson, P.M. Goldsboro, Joseph B. Mcmurry, Charles Goddard, S.W. Laidler, Martin Roberts, John Robinson, P.M. and A.H. Jones, Jacob T. Brown, W.D. Harrison, and John C. Smith.