A Guide to the Edwin Messer Civil War Letters, 1861-1864 Messer, Edwin, Civil War Letters Ms2015-024

Edwin Messer Civil War Letters, 1861-1864

A Collection in
Special Collections
Collection Number Ms2015-024


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Processed by: Ryan Mair, Special Collections

Repository
Special Collections, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.
Collection Number
Ms2015-024
Title
Edwin Messer Civil War Letters, 1861-1864
Physical Characteristics
0.1 cu. ft.; 1 folder
Creator
Messer, Edwin
Language
English
Abstract
The Edwin Messer Civil War Letters is a collection of letters written by Edwin Messer during his service with the 37th Illinois Infantry of the Union Army. Written to his Mother, Sister, and Girlfriend, the letters describe his accounts of the Siege of Vicksburg the battles of Prairie Grove and Pea Ridge.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish material from Edwin Messer Civil War Letters must be obtained from Special Collections, Virginia Tech.

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: Edwin Messer Civil War Letters, Ms2015-024, Special Collections, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.

Acquisition Information

Edwin Messer Civil War Letters were donated to Special Collections in 2004.

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement, and description of the Edwin Messer Civil War Letters was completed in July 2015.


Historical Note

Edwin Messer was a soldier in the 37th Illinois Infantry, a volunteer regiment of the Union Army organized in Chicago, Illinois, during the Civil War. The Regiment went by the nicknames "Fremont Rifles" and "Illinois Greyhounds" during the war.

Scope and Content

This collection contains the photocopies of letters sent by Edwin Messer of the 37th Illinois Infantry Regiment of the Union Army during the Civil War. Messer writes to his Sister, Mother, and Girlfriend as his Regiment moves across Illinois through Missouri and into Arkansas and finally Mississippi. Messer describes the Battles of Pea Ridge, Prairie Grove, the Siege of Vicksburg, and many minor skirmishes.

Arrangement

This collection is arranged by material type.

Index Terms

    Subjects:

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

Contents List

Folder 1
Photocopies, 1861-1864