Harris, Joseph T. Correspondence

Joseph T. Harris Correspondence, 1861-1862 Ms.2018.016


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Repository
Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech
Identification
Ms.2018.016
Title
Joseph T. Harris Correspondence1861-1862
Quantity
0.1 Cubic Feet 1 folder
Creator
Harris, Joseph T.
Language
English .
Abstract
This collection includes letters written by Joseph T. Harris of the 12th Ohio Infantry to his sister, Mollie Swope from various locations in western Virginia. The letters are dated August 6, 1861, September 18, 1861, November 23, 1861, and February 14, 1862. The letters detail the movements of the 12th Ohio Infantry during actions in the Kanawha Valley, Virginia in 1861 as well as camp life.

Administrative Information

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish material from Joseph T. Harris Correspondence must be obtained from Special Collections, Virginia Tech.

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Alternate Form Available

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Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: Joseph T. Harris Correspondence, Ms2018-016, Special Collections, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.

Acquisition Information

The Joseph T. Harris Correspondence was purchased by Special Collections in March 2016.

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement, and description of the Joseph T. Harris Correspondence was completed in September, 2018.


Scope and Contents

This collection includes letters written by Joseph T. Harris of the 12th Ohio Infantry to his sister, Mollie Swope from various locations in western Virginia. The letters are dated August 6, 1861, September 18, 1861, November 23, 1861, and February 14, 1862. The letters detail the movements of the 12th Ohio Infantry during actions in the Kanawha Valley, Virginia in 1861 as well as camp life.

The letter dated August 6, 1861 was written from Camp Gauley, Virginia. Harris writes that his camp is in the Kanahwa Valley writing on his knee while sitting on his knapsack. Harris describes how he was living, eating, and his pay. The letter written in September describes Harris' regiment's movements and an engagement at Grate Meadows, as well as how the Colonel of the 12th Ohio was killed; the band being sent three miles to the rear; and the amount of casualties. The letter written November, 23, 1861 lists some movements of regiment's camp in the Kanawha valley. Harris describes his rations as being good and lists what he is being issued and getting food from the locals. "We have all theas things, besides what we can steal witch is a good deal. Steal did I say, well I will have to take that back for us boys have quit stealing and took to takeing a good menny things without leave." He complains about not being paid Letter and the cold weather. The February 14, 1862, letter describes a recent fifteen day furlough home Harris enjoyed and missed seeing his sister.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

  • Battle of Cross Lanes, Virginia, August, 1861
  • Civil War
  • United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865
  • United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Regimental Histories -- Ohio Infantry -- 12th
  • United States. Army. Ohio Infantry Regiment, 12th (1861-1864)

Container List

folder 1
Letters
1861-1862