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Thomas F. Miller letters

 Collection — Box: 60
Identifier: MS-SC1050-A

Scope and Contents

One letter gives a list of resolutions he believes the Park County girls should abide by and include "tender services as clerks, mechanics and tillers of the soil" while the men are serving, and "withhold friendship and love from every able bodied young man who will not enlist". He gives his account of the battles at Fort Henry and Donelson, Pittsburgh Landing and Corinth. In the beginning his letters tell how happy he is to be a soldier and that he could lead that life with no problem. After "walking across a battlefield with hundreds of dead men" he says he could "forever be a man of peace". He describes the food situation in the south and the secesh who are starving. He says his only reason for staying is the pay that is owed him. The last letter he writes discusses the Emancipation Proclamation and his views on why Lincoln wrote it. He deserted April 24, 1863 at St. Louis.


  • Created: 1861 - 1863

Biographical / Historical

Indiana resident who joined the 29th Illinois Infantry in 1861. He participated in battle at Fort Henry, Fort Donelson, Pittsburgh Landing and Corinth. Prior to joining the army he lived and farmed with Benjamin W. Newton in Parke County, Indiana to whom he wrote the letters.


1 folder (1 folder : .5 linear inches (.042 linear feet)) : 13 letters

Language of Materials