CIVIL WAR LETTERS

(Mss. 983)

Inventory

Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley Collections

Special Collections, Hill Memorial Library

Louisiana State University Libraries

Baton Rouge, Louisiana State University

Reformatted 2003

Revised 2011

CONTENTS OF INVENTORY

SUMMARY .................................................................................................................................... 3
SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE ................................................................................................... 4
LETTER DESCRIPTIONS ............................................................................................................ 5
INDEX TERMS .............................................................................................................................. 7
CONTAINER LIST ........................................................................................................................ 8

Use of manuscript materials. If you wish to examine items in the manuscript group, please fill out a call slip specifying the materials you wish to see. Consult the Container List for location information needed on the call slip.

Photocopying. Should you wish to request photocopies, please consult a staff member. The existing order and arrangement of unbound materials must be maintained.

Publication. Readers assume full responsibility for compliance with laws regarding copyright, literary property rights, and libel.

Permission to examine archival materials does not constitute permission to publish. Any publication of such materials beyond the limits of fair use requires specific prior written permission. Requests for permission to publish should be addressed in writing to the Head, Public Services, Special Collections, LSU Libraries, Baton Rouge, LA, 70803-3300. When permission to publish is granted, two copies of the publication will be requested for the LLMVC.

Proper acknowledgement of LLMVC materials must be made in any resulting writing or publications. The correct form of citation for this manuscript group is given on the summary page. Copies of scholarly publications based on research in the Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley Collections are welcomed.

SUMMARY

Size.

21 items

Geographic locations.

Camp Brightwood, Washington, D.C.; Camp Babcock, Va.; and other army camps near Charleston, Va.; Vicksburg, Miss.; and the Chickahominy River

Inclusive dates.

1861-1866

Bulk dates.

N/A

Language.

English

Summary.

Correspondence of Union soldiers giving details of camp life and references to engagements at Centerville, Manassas, Williamsburg, and Richmond.

Restrictions on access.

No restrictions. If microfilm is available, photocopies must be made from microfilm.

Related collections.

None.

Copyright.

Copyright of the original materials is retained by descendants of the creators in accordance with U.S. copyright law.

Citation.

Civil War Letters, Mss. 983, Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley Collections, LSU Libraries, Baton Rouge, La.

Stack location(s).

Misc.:C

SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE

Letters written by Union soldiers detail camp life and refer to military engagements at Centerville, Manassas, Williamsburg and Richmond. Letters were written primarily from army camps including Camp Brightwood and Camp Babcock.

LETTER DESCRIPTIONS

Oct. 26-Dec. 1, 1861. Diary of weather, daily events, private in Massachusetts Volunteers.

Attended religious services, courts-martial, inspection and drill, mentions attack on Beaufort, S.C.

Stationed near Washington, visited patent office (museum).

November 19, 1861. Camp Brightwood, Washington, D.C.

To Henry Diman, regarding account due.

March 20, 1862. Camp Brightwood, Washington, D.C.

James Beirne to Mr. Diman

Enlisted in Bristol, Rhode Island, Apr. 10, 1861, and disbanded due to no further need of recruits. Joined 7th Massachusetts Volunteers. Writes regarding money due from Rhode Island. Also mentions Couch's brigade sent to Virginia, rebels running away from Centerville and Manassas, the Potomac army's motions, and Peck's Brigade.

April 14, 1862. Clinton

Regarding school and family news.

May 10, 1862. Camp on the Chickahominy

Writes to his mother, mentions their retreat from Yorktown and the Battle of Williamsburg.

July 24, 1862. Camp Campbell, Va.

Mentions preparation for another attack on Richmond, and expectation to receive wages and “Confederate bounty.

September 3, 1862. Near Fort Ethan Allen (Washington, D.C.)

Tells of movements from Hartford to New York to Elizabethport to Baltimore to Washington to Arlington Heights. Mentions General Doubleday, Commander of the fort, as the man who fired the first gun at Sumter, and mentions talk among the camp about General McDowell allowing Stonewall Jackson through without trying to stop him.

January 4, 1863. Camp near Vicksburg.

Writes home of various movements and encounters while in Col. Pitt's regiment, East Tennessee Volunteers, Vaughn's Brigade.

September 27, 1863. Camp in New Iberia, La.

William Harper writes to his wife of news from camp. Instructs her to direct mail by way of New Orleans, otherwise they go through New York.

January 26, 1864. Camp at Newport News, Va.

Describes proceeding up James River on steamer George Washington to bring up a signal station and destroy grain being shipped to Richmond and stored at Brandon Farms. Incomplete.

March 26, 1864. Baltimore by recruiting officer

Mentions state and city bounty for recruits.

April 19, 1864. From Chestertown to James [L.] McCullough

Regarding income taxes owed by soldiers. Incomes assessed when soldiers came home to vote.

October 12, 1864. West Willington

Mentions a soldier who is sick with dysentery and needs medicine and talks about a neighbor who has gone south to bring home the remains of his dead brother.

October 30, 1864. Camp in Cedar Creek, Va.

From Henry to Elvira. “You said that the rebels were coming from Canada, robbing the banks etc.

December 22, 1864. Post Hospital, Paducah, Ky.

Announcing death of a soldier.

[date unknown] 1864. Camp in Charlestown, Va.

Mentions that the six musicians in the company were told to bring water to soldiers, and when one wouldn't, he was tied to a tree. Incomplete.

January 22, 1865. Camp Babcock, Va.

From Henry, in drum corps, to Vira. Inquires of home, writes of the campground

January 25, 1865. Camp Babcock at Summits Point, Va.

From Henry to Vira. Gen. Sheridan highly thought of among soldiers. Henry sends a picture of the general home.

May 4, 1865. Camp Brightwood, Washington, D.C.

From Henry to Vira. Tells that the fighting is all done around here, and that he'd heard of the surrender of General Kirby Smith. He also mentions the fact that troops were no longer being sent to New Orleans.

May 9, 1865. Camp Brightwood, Washington, D.C.

From Henry to Vira. Mentions that the 6th Corps was expected at Alexandria.

May 13, 1865. Camp Brightwood, Washington, D.C.

From Henry to Vira. Expects to be at home in a month, was reviewed by Generals Wilcox and Philip Sheridan.

December 18, 1866. Hartford, Ct.

R.W. Roberts to Dr. A. Morrison requesting a birth certificate of a soldier in order for his widow to receive her pension.

INDEX TERMS

Letters (correspondence)

United States. Army--Military life.

United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Campaigns.

United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Personal narratives.

CONTAINER LIST

Stack

Location

Contents (with dates)

Misc.:C

Letters, 1861-1866