A Guide to the Benjamin F. Hough Letter, 1863 Hough, Benjamin F. Letter Ms2012-065

Benjamin F. Hough Letter, 1863

A Collection in
Special Collections
Collection Number Ms2012-065


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Processed by: Kira A. Dietz, Archivist, Special Collections

Special Collections, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.
Collection Number
Benjamin F. Hough Letter, 1863
Physical Characteristics
0.1 cu. ft. 1 folder
Hough, Benjamin F., d. 1864
The collection consists of a single letter from Hough to "Cousin Seymour," dated December 2, 1863, written from Libby Prison, near Richmond.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish material from Benjamin F. Hough Letter must be obtained from Special Collections, Virginia Tech.

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: Benjamin F. Hough Letter, Ms2012-065, Special Collections, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.

Acquisition Information

The Benjamin F. Hough Letter was purchased by Special Collections in September 2012.

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement, and description of the Benjamin F. Hough Letter was completed in October 2012.

Biographical Note

Benjamin F. Hough enlisted with 10th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry as a private with Company K. Prior to late September 1863, he was promoted to corporal. During the Battle of Chickamauga, he was taken prisoner by the Confederate Army, and sent to Libby Prison near Richmond, Virginia. Hough died from disease, possibly at Andersonville Prison in Georgia, June 26, 1864.

Scope and Content

The collection consists of a single letter from Hough to "Cousin Seymour." Dated December 2, 1863, the letter requests Seymour send a list of food supplies, paper, and reading materials to Hough at Libby Prison. Hough asks for items such as butter, sugar, salt, crackers and "any little thing you might think of that would be acceptable to a prisoner here."

Index Terms


  • Chickamauga, Battle of, Ga., 1863
  • Civil War
  • Correspondence
  • Libby Prison
  • United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865

Contents List

Folder 1
Letter, 1863