Fort Donelson, Battle of, Tenn., 1862
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Found in 7 Collections and/or Records:
Collection — Box 80
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...
Dates: Created: 1861 - 1865
Collection — Box 69
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
Collection — Box 81
Scope and Contents History of his regiment written for his children and grandchildren for Christmas 1913. Recounts the organization, election of officers, the departure ceremony, their first weeks as soldiers, battles at Fredricktown, Missouri, Fort Donelson, Shiloh and Vicksburg, troop movements, and personal anecdotes.
Dates: Created: December 25, 1913
Collection — Box 77
Scope and Contents Letters from William Austin to John S. Sargent, a friend from Hutton and a soldier in the 8th Illinois Cavalry. Most were sent from Camp Defiance in Cairo, Illinois. In several he discusses visiting the plantation of Isaac Bird in Missouri. He mentions visiting the slave quarters. Is taken with Miss Bird, "her angelic form haunts my pillow of straw". Mentions the capture of a steamboat on its way to New Orleans loaded with firearms and ammunition for the South. In one letter from Arkansas he...
Dates: Created: 1861 - 1864
Collection — Box 60
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...
Dates: Created: 1861 - 1863
Collection — Box 89
Scope and Contents Letters to his parents in New Hampshire tell of his work as a teacher and as a farmer. He describes the land, the crops and gives the price earned on the various grains. Writes about Laura and the work she does and his children's births and progress. He details a prosperous life until 1857 and then tells how the depression has affected the people and businesses. He tells of a probable tornado that hit Galesburg in May 1858 and the buildings it destroyed, killing two people. He writes about his...
Dates: Created: 1853 - 1862
Collection — Box 79
Scope and Contents Approximately 50 letters and two diaries. Letters to his girlfriend and then wife, Hattie, give a detailed and vivid description of the war both in camp and in battle. They are also very personal, giving his feelings about what he experiences and sees, his feelings for Hattie and trying to reassure and soothe her fears for him. His letters are sent from Missouri, Donelson, Pittsburgh Landing, Vicksburg and Jackson, Miss. After the battle at Pittsburgh Landing (Shiloh), he writes to "let you...
Dates: Created: 1861 - 1864