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Augustine Prescott letters

 Collection — Box: 68
Identifier: MS-SC1213
Scope and Contents Letters mostly to his mother discuss the activities of his regiment stationed mainly in Virginia with many references to actions with "the rebs", picket duty and "in the trenches at the front" at Petersburg, Virginia. In Washington, D.C. mentions seeing Lincoln as he reviewed the troops. Last letters come from the Hampton hospital where he was a patient and then worked. He writes of his religious conversion and frequently discusses his faith. A few letters to other family including his "Uncle...
Dates: Created: 1864 - 1865

Benjamin T. Smith journal

 Collection — Box: 80
Identifier: MS-SC1412
Scope and Contents Detailed, well written and fascinating account of his experience in the war. Gives very detailed personal accounts of his experiences at Chickamauga, Missionary Ridge, Kenesaw Mountain, Resaca, Peach Tree Creek, siege of Atlanta, Nashville and the Battle of Franklin. Also creates a picture of day to day life in the army, the food, the marching, skirmishing, the wounded and dead, the medical treatment, the officers and other men in the regiment, nonmilitary people they meet, spies, plantations...
Dates: Created: 1861 - 1865

Charles C. Murdock letters

 Collection — Box: 62
Identifier: MS-SC1088
Scope and Contents Letters to parents sent from Camp Lincoln, Annapolis and Baltimore, Md., Newbern and Plymouth, N.C., Alexandria, Va. and Washington, D.C. Letters are newsy and detailed. Describes drilling, guard duty, camp life, troop movements, skirmishes and battles. Gives very detailed descriptions of his life in camp, what they eat, wear, living quarters, other soldiers, his general thoughts on all of it and his stay in the hospital in Baltimore. Also detailed descriptions of troop movements with...
Dates: Created: 1860 - 1864

Daniel M. Points letter

 Collection — Box: 67
Identifier: MS-SC1187A
Scope and Contents Letter to friend William Plattenburg in Canton, Ill. sent from Camp Reede, Jackson, Tenn. Refers to the Emancipation Proclamation, anti-war newspaper sentiments and his anger towards those back home who will not enlist and do not support the war. Mentions his poor health and possibility of discharge due to illness.
Dates: Created: February 23, 1863

Edward F. Reid diaries

 Collection — Box: 70
Identifier: MS-SC1255
Scope and Contents Diaries kept, Jan. 26-Dec. 26, 1861, Jan. 1-Dec. 6, 1863 and Feb. 9-Nov.4, 1865. Brief listings about day's activities, people he interacts with, and regimental activities. Occasionally refers to books he is reading. Last entry, Nov. 4, 1865 states he is leaving Columbus for Vicksburg to muster out. Includes an 1869 letter from James McCosh at Princeton re: "intuitions", "metaphysics" and his students who are teaching at Belfast and Derry.
Dates: Created: 1861 - 1869; Majority of material found within 1861 - 1865

Frederick E. Ransom sketchbook

 Collection — Box: 69
Identifier: MS-SC1236
Scope and Contents Approx. 100 pen and ink sketches depicting army life in the Civil War, battles, prison conditions, equipment and military dress. Miscellaneous poems, quotations and civil and military facts including an essay "Army Life of Regulars". A brief history of the 11th Ill. Infantry. Copies of general orders and letters of Brigadier General T.E. Ransom. Some family information. Sketches done after the war. All captioned, signed and dated by Ransom.
Dates: Created: 1874 - 1882

John C. Norton papers

 Collection — Box: 63
Identifier: MS-SC1112
Scope and Contents 3 diaries (1864, 1865, 1866); official correspondence (1862-1876); family photos (189-?). The 1864 and 1865 diaries contain detailed accounts of the activities of Norton and the troops he served, observations of camp life, and news from home. Also in the 1864 diary: expenditures, inventories, and patient morbidity and mortality statistics. The 1866 diary includes brief and intermittent entries that cover Norton's professional and social activities in Rockford, inventories of books and other...
Dates: Created: 1862 - 1899; Majority of material found within 1862 - 1866

John M. Palmer manuscript

 Collection — Box: 65
Identifier: MS-SC1135
Scope and Contents Typed manuscript of his published book "An Army of the People" where he "attempts to give a detailed description of a National Military System for the United States" that is "in full harmony with American political traditions and ideals." Discusses the American National Defense Act of 1916, the army of Switzerland, drafting soldiers, and excerpts from the diary of Lieutenant Burr. Lieutenant Burr served with the 6th Cavalry as a Squadron Inspector-Instructor in the Third Volunteer Cavalry...
Dates: Created: 1916

Lyman H. Needham letters

 Collection — Box: 62
Identifier: MS-SC1094
Scope and Contents The majority of letters are to his sister and brother-in-law, some to "my friends back home". He details his life in camp, many references to sickness and death. Describes his commanding officers and their different styles and his clerical work. Describes the battles and skirmishes and his discouragement at the way the war is going. References to people back home and often speaks of his desire to be back there and married. Three letters from prison at Danville, Va.
Dates: Created: 1861 - 1864

Reuben T. Prentice letters

 Collection — Box: 68
Identifier: MS-SC1212
Scope and Contents Letters written to Miss Lovina Eyster while he was serving in the army give pictures of life in the army, people in his regiment, camp life and scout and picket duty. Describes some military engagements and encounters with Mosby's men in Maryland. Discusses the campaign of 1864 and soldiers voting. Responds to news from home with comments about people and family. His letters are interesting and full of affection for Miss Eyster.
Dates: Created: 1861 - 1865