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Letter – Linsey Wills, 10 September 1864

2015.002.048 Letter written by Private Linsey T. Wills of Company K, 10th VA Cavalry, to his sister, from a camp near Ream’s Station. Wills is encamped at Ream’s Station. He mentions shelling on the James River and near Petersburg. Wills lists articles of clothing he is in need of. The latter part of the letter […]

Letter – Emmet Irwin, 30 December 1862

2015.002.047 Letter written by Corporal Emmet Irwin of Company C, 2nd NY State Militia (82nd NY Volunteer Infantry) to his sister, from a camp near Falmouth, VA. In this letter, Irwin condemns General Burnside, and fumes about the events at Fredericksburg. His regiment has just received marching orders. He believes they will be moving towards […]

Letter – Marcus Nelson, 20 September 1862

2015.002.043a Letter written by Private Marcus S. Nelson of Company D, 14th MO Infantry, Birge’s Western Sharpshooters (later the 66th IL Infantry), to family, from Corinth, MS. Nelson has heard that generals Sterling Price and Earl Van Dorn are at Iuka, MS, with a force of several thousand men. He expects a great battle to […]

Letter – Thomas Ocker, 26 April 1864

2015.002.046 Letter written by 2nd Lieutenant Thomas Ocker of Company F, 6th MD Infantry, US, to his cousin, from the camp of the 6th MD Regiment in Brandy Station, VA. Ocker writes the townspeople have a crippling fear of an invasion by Robert E. Lee. He voted for the “Old State” to “no longer be […]

Letter – Emmet Irwin, 5 December 1862

2015.002.045 Letter written by Corporal Emmet Irwin of Company C, 2nd NY State Militia (82nd NY Volunteer Infantry), to his sister, dated December 5th, 1862, from Fredericksburg, VA, after a major Union defeat. Irwin describes the fighting at Fredericksburg as the hardest he ever saw, “Antietam being but child’s play in proportion.” He writes disparagingly […]

Letter – Cornelius Baker, 31 October 1864

2015.002.044 Letter written by Private Cornelius Baker of Company K, 1st ME Cavalry, to his mother, from the headquarters of the 3rd Brigade near Petersburg, VA. Baker writes that he is still cooking, though he has not been able to bake as much since returning from the hospital. His health has improved as the weather […]

Letter – George Rogers, 12 April 1862

2015.002.042 Letter written by Captain George Rogers of the 20th OH Infantry of Col. Charles Whittlesey’s 3rd Brigade, to a friend from Camp Shiloh, TN. Rogers writes about the Battle of Shiloh, and describes encountering a Confederate battery supported by a brigade of Creoles [Orleans guards], who were led by General P.G.T. Beauregard himself. Rogers’ […]

Letter – Frederick Doten, 7 January 1865

2015.002.040h Letter written by Captain Frederick B. Doten of Company F, 14th CTInfantry, to his future wife Georgie S. Welles, from the headquarters of the 2nd Division. Doten is writing to his fiancée, and he expresses how much he loves her and misses her. He writes that he would like for them to be married […]

Letter – Frederick Doten, 13 September 1864

2015.002.040g Letter written by Lieutenant Frederick B. Doten of Company F, 14th CT Infantry, to his fiancée Georgie Welles, from the headquarters of the 3rd Brigade, 2nd Division. Doten describes his two horses, and requests that Welles choose the name for his favorite one. Doten expresses his love for his fiancée, and reminisces about when […]

Letter – Frederick Doten, 11 September 1864

2015.002.040f Letter written by Lieutenant Frederick B. Doten of Company F, 14th CT Infantry, to his fiancée Georgie Welles, from the headquarters of the 3rd Brigade, 2nd Division. Doten writes that Sundays are generally quiet, and General Ulysses S. Grant intends for the day to be observed as much as possible. He mentions a recent […]

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