Watson, Thomas Letters

A Guide to the Thomas Watson Letters, 1862-1866 Ms.2008.005


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Repository
Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech
Identification
Ms.2008.005
Title
Thomas Watson Letters1862-1866
Quantity
0.1 Cubic Feet 1 folder
Creator
Watson, Thomas, 1844-1927
Language
The materials in the collection are in English.
Abstract
The collection includes photocopies of typed transcripts of letters of Thomas Watson, a private in Company D, 93rd Illinois Infantry during the Civil War.

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Collection is open to research.

Preferred Citation

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Source of Acquisition

The Thomas Watson Letters were donated to Special Collections in 2008.

Processing Information

The processing and description of the Thomas Watson Letters commenced and was completed in February 2008.


Biographical Note

Born in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania on August 15, 1844, Thomas Watson later moved with his family to Stevenson County, Illinois, where they engaged in farming and stockholding. Watson enlisted in Company D of the 93rd Illinois Infantry at Adeline, Illinois, on August 7, 1862. He trained with the regiment at Fort Douglas, Illinois, and participated in Grant's Vicksburg Campaign and Sherman's Atlanta Campaign. Watson mustered out with the regiment on June 23, 1865 at Louisville, Kentucky. In the final letter within this collection, written in 1866, Watson expresses an intent to settle in Macon City, Missouri. By 1869, however, he was in Freeport, Illinois, where he married Lydia Amelia Sheller. An 1898 regimental history indicates that Watson was living in Kansas in the late 19th century. Some time later, the family moved to Olympia, Washington, where Watsson lived until his death on May 23, 1927. He is bured in the Masonic Memorial Park Cemetery of Tumwater, Washington.

The 93rd Illinois Infantry was organized at Chicago and mustered into service on October 13, 1862. The regiment participated in Grant's Vicksburg Campaign and Sherman's Atlanta Campaign. The 93rd was mustered out of service in Kentucky on June 23, 1865.

Scope and Contents

This collection contains photocopies of typed transcripts of the letters of Thomas Watson, a private in Company D, 93rd Illinois Infantry during the Civil War. The letters commence with Watson's training at Camp Douglas, Illinois, then follow his regiment's movements throughout the war. Writing to his parents and brother from camps in Mississippi, Tennessee, Alabama, and Georgia, Watson provides descriptions of prisoners at Camp Douglas, his regiment's movements and battles, his environs, Southerners, and camp life. The letters are accompanied by a brief chronology of Watson's military activities and movements.


Rights Statement for Archival Description

The guide to the Thomas Watson Letters by Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech, is licensed under a CC0 (https://creativecommons.org/share-your-work/public-domain/cc0/).

Container List

folder 1
Letters
1862-1866, n.d.