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Thomas S. Seacord papers

 Collection — Box: 78
Identifier: MS-SC1359

Scope and Contents

Letters to Anna from Chicago where he enlisted, Cairo, Paducah and Columbus, Ky., Tennessee, Mississippi and the hospital. He discusses camp life and his work as cook, rations, accommodations for the soldiers, illness (his own and others), friends and family in Geneva and in the army, pursuit of Prices's army in Mississippi and frequently laments the poor treatment of the soldiers. He gives a vivid description of the hospital in Memphis and his work there. Seven letters, 1864-1865, to Anna from her brother William in Vicksburg, Nashville and New Orleans discuss his regiment's movements, news of the war, family and friends and one letter, March 1, 1865, describes the people wearing masks in the streets of New Orleans.


  • Created: 1862 - 1865


Biographical / Historical

Soldier from Geneva, Illinois serving in the 72nd Illinois Infantry during the Civil War. Acted as cook between bouts of illness, and later as a nurse in Hospital No. 4 in Memphis. He died there in 1863. His wife, Anna, had a brother, William, who also served in the 72nd Illinois Infantry.


1 folder (1 folder : .5 linear inches (.042 linear feet)) : Approximately 50 items

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