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Dietrich C. Smith papers

 Collection — Box: 80
Identifier: MS-SC1414

Scope and Contents

Letters to Carrie while serving with the 8th from Camp at Cairo, Ill. and Tennessee tell of his shock at the death of Stephen A. Douglas, the regiment, camp life and the battles at Belmont and Fort Donelson. Letter from Jackson, Tenn. describes being quartered among a town of Southern sympathizers. Several letters from Peter Weyhrich, 44th Illinois Infantry, to Dietrich while in Pekin from Murfreesboro and Vicksburg after its capture. Letter, 1863, from a friend in the 8th tells of the review of the 8th by Gen R.J. Oglesby. Muster rolls for the 139th. A number of letters from Carrie, including one from Texas where she taught school for a short time, describes her job and Texas. Letter, Feb. 1865, Dietrich to his wife from Washington tells of an open reception given by Mrs. Lincoln, where he met the president who although he was "smiling looked thin and careworn."


  • Created: 1861 - 1865


Biographical / Historical

Pekin, Illinois Sergeant in the 8th Illinois, the German regiment, who was wounded in the arm at Pittsburgh Landing and returned home and later joined the 139th Illinois Infantry as a Lieutenant. Married Carrie Piper of Beardstown while he was home. Later served in the Illinois House of Representatives (1876-1878) and in the United States House of Representatives (1881-1883).


1 folder (1 folder : .5 linear inches (.042 linear feet)) : 26 items

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