A Guide to the Thomas Watson Letters, 1862-1866 Watson, Thomas Letters Ms2008-005

A Guide to the Thomas Watson Letters, 1862-1866

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Special Collections
Accession Number Ms2008-005


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Processed by: John M. Jackson, Special Collections Staff

Repository
Special Collections, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Va.
Accession Number
Ms2008-005
Title
Thomas Watson Letters 1862-1866
Physical Characteristics
1 container; 0.1 cu. ft.
Language
English
Abstract
Photocopies of typed transcripts of letters of Thomas Watson, a private in Company D, 93rd Illinois Infantry during the Civil War.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection is open to research.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish material from the Thomas Watson Letters must be obtained from Special Collections, Virginia Tech.

Preferred Citation

Thomas Watson Letters, Ms2008-005 - Special Collections, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

Acquisition Information

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 Information

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 Content

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.

Contents List

Folder 1
Letters 1862-1866, n.d.