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American Civil War--letters and diaries

Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings

Found in 71 Collections and/or Records:

Albert V. B. Phillips papers

 Collection — Box 66
Identifier: MS-SC1171
Scope and Contents Minutes from the debating society, 1860-1861, discuss topics debated and outcomes. Constitution and by-laws, ca. 1861, of the Farmer Boys Association, which allowed boys and girls over the age of fourteen to join. Four diaries, Dec., 1861-Feb. 1864, give accounts of daily activities within his company, troop movements, weather, involvements in skirmishes or battles. One letter, Feb. 12, 1865 from Sergeant A.D. Brown of the 23rd, Co. C in Virginia, telling him the news of the regiment. Diary of...
Dates: Created: 1860 - 1872

Alexander W. Raffen papers

 Collection — Box 68
Identifier: MS-SC1226
Scope and Contents Three letters to his wife Grace. One from Bowling Green, Kentucky gives the details of the capture of that town. The other two from Graysville and Murfreesboro, Tenn. discuss some family news, actions of the regiment and his visit to Chickamauga battlefield with a vivid description of the site. Commission to Captain signed by Governor Yates. Muster roll for the 19th Regiment from Feb. 29-April 30, 1864. Letter, July 9, 1864, from Chicago to Quartermaster General Meigs advising of return of...
Dates: Created: 1861 - 1865

Alonzo G. Payne diary

 Collection — Box 65
Identifier: MS-SC1152
Scope and Contents Typed transcript of diary kept during the last months of the war discusses travels through Mississippi and back to Tennessee where they remain for the duration of the war, his activities and those of his company. Mentions numerous others in the regiment giving tidbits of information about them. After the war talks of work done with Lieutenant Clad to finish up the work of the regiment. Speaks of his wife and family often.
Dates: Created: January 1 - June 22, 1865

Andrew J. Uhler papers

 Collection — Box 92
Identifier: MS-SC1569
Scope and Contents Account, 1858, for David Uhler with Albright and Bro. mostly for clothing, notions, molasses and tobacco. Letter, 1865, to his brother Frank sent from Baton Rouge, La. mostly discussing poor quality of food and his mistrust of the quartermasters. Talks of the fruit available, hunting and "shrimping". Also discusses news of people at home.
Dates: Created: 1858 - 1865

Andrews Family papers

 Collection — Box 101
Identifier: MS-SC1706
Scope and Contents Papers of the Andrews family of Vermilion County, Illinois. Letters, 1861-1864, of Austin S. Andrews, corporal, 12th Illinois Infantry. Written from Corinth, Mississippi, as well as Kentucky and Tennessee. Papers, 1863-1871, of John Andrews, including letters and programs concerning the University of Michigan, as well as copies of petitions and bills introduced in the Illinois General Assembly when John was serving as law clerk to Rep. John C. Short. Additional family papers, including an 1851...
Dates: Created: 1827 - 1893

Anson Patterson letters

 Collection — Box 65
Identifier: MS-SC1148
Scope and Contents Four letters to Helen and one to Auntie discuss his activities, occurrences and the cost of items at Nashville, his feelings about the war and the Confederacy. Mentions those from home who are doing well, sick or dead. Describes a deserter being discharged and the music played.
Dates: Created: 1862 - 1863

Augustine Vieira letters

 Collection — Box 93
Identifier: MS-SC1593
Scope and Contents Letters to Mrs. Harriet Stoddard in Waverly, Illinois from Pittsburgh Landing, Memphis, Natchez, and Marietta. Discusses war in Tennessee, his regiments activities, describes where they camp and are quartered, interactions with the Confederates. States his regiment is to go on dress parade before General Sherman. Several references to Gen. John Palmer. Last letter from Springfield, Ill. waiting for discharge tells of those trying to swindle discharged soldiers out of their money.
Dates: Created: 1862 - 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

C. Robert letter

 Collection — Box 72
Identifier: MS-1279
Scope and Contents Letter to "My dear friend" written "in the field" describes his own personal experiences as well as the broader description of the battles of Chattanooga, Lookout Mountain, and Missionary Ridge. Mentions the number wounded and dead in his regiment and states that tomorrow they leave for Knoxville.
Dates: Created: November 28, 1863

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