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United States--Army--Military life

Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
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Found in 18 Collections and/or Records:

John A. Widney diary

 Collection — Box 97
Identifier: MS-SC1653
Scope and Contents 4 volume diary from January 1, 1862-July 17, 1865 begins some months before his enlistment in the 112th Illinois Infantry in August 1862. Recounts his pre-war social life, as well as daily activities while in the army as a musician in Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, and North Carolina, including musical practice and performance, and foraging for the regiment. Accounts of Siege of Knoxville, Tennessee, the Atlanta Campaign, the Nashville Campaign, and the end of the war in North...
Dates: Created: January 1, 1862-July 17, 1865

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

Sidney Z. Robinson letters

 Collection — Box 72
Identifier: MS-SC1284
Scope and Contents Letters to family, parents and four brothers, while serving in Missouri, Tennessee, Mississippi and Louisiana and fighting in the Meridian campaign, the Red River Expedition, and the Tupelo and Oxford campaigns. Discusses camp life, those ill or wounded with sprinkled references to small pox and mentions of measles and typhoid, interactions with rebels, farm business at home and family news. Speaks negatively of General Banks during the Red River Campaign and occasionally refers to hunting...
Dates: Created: 1862 - 1913

Thomas S. Seacord papers

 Collection — Box 78
Identifier: MS-SC1359
Scope and Contents Letters to Anna from Chicago where he enlisted, Cairo, Paducah and Columbus, Ky., Tennessee, Mississippi and the hospital. He discusses camp life and his work as cook, rations, accommodations for the soldiers, illness (his own and others), friends and family in Geneva and in the army, pursuit of Prices's army in Mississippi and frequently laments the poor treatment of the soldiers. He gives a vivid description of the hospital in Memphis and his work there. Seven letters, 1864-1865, to Anna from...
Dates: Created: 1862 - 1865

Thomas T. Smith diary

 Collection — Box 81
Identifier: MS-SC1436
Scope and Contents Diary kept while camped near Harper's Ferry discusses camp life, experiences while on picket duty and his attitude about picket duty. Mentions people in his regiment from his home. Mentions seeing the convalescent camp nearby and some of the people there.
Dates: Created: November 5 - 30, 1862