United States--Army--Military life
Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject HeadingsScope Note: https://id.loc.gov/authorities/subjects/sh85140665
Found in 19 Collections and/or Records:
Collection — Box 68
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
Collection — Box 80
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
Collection — Box 62
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
Collection — Box 67
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
Collection — Box 70
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
Collection — Box 96
Scope and Contents Diary with daily entries for 1864. Mostly concerns camp life near Vicksburg, Mississippi including weather, misbehavior and punishment of some soldiers, picket duty, veteran's furloughs, and recurrent health problems. 3 stays in officers' hospital in the fall. Also accounts of money received and spent; some inspirational quotations.
Dates: Created: January 1-December 31, 1864
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 97
Scope and Contents Letter of November 16, 1861 to Friend Ellen, from Camp Brightwood, Washington, DC, headed by a lithograph of the camp with various features marked. Discusses cold weather and punishment of soldiers for bad behavior.
Dates: Created: November 16, 1861
Collection — Box 88
Scope and Contents Letters to his brother David, written while at Camp Defiance and Mound City. Relates day to day activities in the camp and life in the regiment with some description of Cairo. References to boats on the river and some firing between boats. Most prominent topic is sickness and death among the soldiers. He also writes about problems within the regiment, mainly drunkenness and disorderly conduct. Relates one situation where a soldier was chained to a tree for a whole day and if left for the night...
Dates: Created: August through October 1861
Collection — Box 90
Scope and Contents Four letters to his Aunt Mary Howard in Escott, Ontario and one to his parents in New York. Discusses camp life and the activities of his regiment and the Confederate army in Virginia where they are camped. Discusses the battles of Fair Oaks and Harrison's Landing. Several references to General McClellan and states he could fill "a dozen sheets...on the subject" of "General McClellan's mysterious movements". Writes of the order for regimental bands to be mustered out and his hope to be home...
Dates: Created: April - July 1862