A Guide to the Letters from a Civil War Union Soldier, 1862-1865 Letters from a Civil War Union Soldier Ms1996-005

A Guide to the Letters from a Civil War Union Soldier, 1862-1865

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Collection Number Ms1996-005


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Collection Number
Letters from a Civil War Union Soldier, 1862-1865
Physical Characteristics
0.1 cu. ft. 1 folder

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Scope and Content

Three descriptive and eloquent letters from a Union soldier, possibly from Akron, Ohio, and identified only as Matt, written to his wife. The first letter is written from Camp McClellan in Davenport, Iowa, on September 28, 1862, where he asks his wife to send him good things to eat. The second letter is written from Rome, Georgia, on October 9th through the 11th, 1864, where he writes about a recent skirmish at Altoona Pass and his company's readiness for more fighting. The last letter is written from Headquarters, 1st Division, 15th A.C., Office of the Surgeon in Chief near Louisville, Kentucky, on July 4, 1865, where he writes about a farewell speech given by General William Sherman, and for his wife to expect him to be a changed man after his many years as a soldier. The latter two letters indicate that he served in Sherman's army.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

  • Civil War
  • United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865