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Letter – David Norton, 2 December 1861

2015.002.174 Letter written by Captain David W. Norton of Company E, 42nd IL Volunteer Infantry, to his mother, from a camp near Tipton, MO. Norton’s company has seen no fighting since they left Camp Hunter in Tipton. They marched to Warsaw on the Osage River hoping to fight General Sterling Price, but were disappointed. They […]

Letter – David Norton, 1 November 1861

2015.002.173 Letter written by Captain David W. Norton of Company E, 42nd IL Volunteer Infantry, to his father from Camp Baker near Warsaw, MO. Norton writes that they have been waiting for a provision train, but have just received marching orders for that night as soon as the men can cook rations. He fired the […]

Letter – David Norton, 25 October 1861

2015.002.172 WARNING: This letter contains racist slurs. We neither support nor condone the use of such language and have therefor decided to censor the words out of consideration for our readers. Letter written by Captain David W. Norton of Company E, 42nd IL Volunteer Infantry, to his mother from a camp at Warsaw, MO. Norton […]

Letter – David Norton, 12 October 1861

2015.002.171 Letter written by Captain David W. Norton of Company E, 42nd IL Volunteer Infantry, to his mother from Jefferson City, MO. Norton writes that they landed from the boat the previous day and have been preparing to march out. General John C. Fremont has frightened the Confederate troops so much that they are retreating. […]

Letter – David Norton, 10 October 1861

2015.002.170 Letter written by Captain David W. Norton of Company E, 42nd IL Volunteer Infantry, to his father from on board “John Warner” near Jefferson City, MO. Norton’s company is armed with rifled muskets, and two other companies are armed with Colt’s revolving rifles. His company is about to load freight onto a trail bound […]

Letter – David Norton, 30 September 1861

2015.002.169 Letter written by Captain David Woodman Norton of Company E, 42nd IL Volunteer Infantry, to his mother, from Benton Barracks in St. Louis, MO. Norton begins by describing the weather conditions on the march from Camp Douglas to St. Louis, MO. They arrived at General John C. Fremont’s house for a review before marching […]

Letter – David Norton, 31 August 1861

2015.002.168 Letter written by Captain David Woodman Norton of Company E, 42nd Illinois Volunteer Infantry, to his father, from Camp Douglas. Norton describes the recent elections in the regiment, and names the new officers. He was offered the captaincy of three different companies, and the 1st Lieutenant position in two others. Norton is now the […]

Letter – David Norton, 22 August 1861

2015.002.167 Letter written by Captain David Woodman Norton of Company E, 42nd Illinois Volunteer Infantry, to his father Joshua Norton, Jr., dated August 22nd, 1861, from Camp Douglas near Chicago, Illinois. Norton has recently been promoted to captain, and was presented with a sword, belt, sash, and an undress uniform. Norton has immense support from […]

Letter – David Norton, 25 July 1861

2015.002.166 Letter from 1st Lieutenant David Woodman Norton of Company E, 42nd IL Volunteer Infantry, to his father Joshua Norton, Jr., from Chicago, IL. Norton writes that his regiment received marching orders for Washington, D.C., though it may take a few weeks for them to fully prepare. He mentions that he is 1st Lieutenant of […]

Letter – David Norton, 29 April 1861

2015.002.165 Letter written by Sergeant David Woodman Norton of the “1st Zouave Regiment of Chicago,” to his father Joshua Norton, Jr., from Chicago, IL. Norton comments on his brothers’ recent decisions to enlist. Norton is a 2nd Sergeant of Company E, but feels that he should have a higher rank. His colonel however, shows favoritism […]

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