Buffaloes - a term used in eastern North Carolina for Union sympathizers engaged in guerilla warfare and terrorist tactics during the Civil War.
cavalry - troops trained to fight on horseback.
emancipate - to free from oppression, bondage, or restraint; liberate.
famine - a drastic shortage of food; severe hunger or starvation.
flat - refers to a boat with a flat bottom and square ends used for transporting freight on inland waterways.
garrisoning - to be assigned at a military post.
piazza - a roofed passageway or porch.
provisions - a stock of necessary supplies, especially food.
proclamation - the act of proclaiming, especially an official public announcement.
rec't - 19th century shorthand for "receipt" usually used to indicate one has received something.
regiment / "regt" - a standard unit of military designation. An ideal regiment contained 1,000 men organized into 10 companies of 100 men each.
sally - to suddenly make an attack upon an enemy.
schooner - a sailing ship with two or more masts.
truce - a suspension of fighting.
Unionists - citizens that remained loyal to the Union.