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United States. Army -- Military life -- History -- 19th century


Found in 27 Collections and/or Records:

Abel G. Peck papers

Identifier: c-00107
Scope and Contents This collection consists of letters from Abel G. Peck to his family during the Civil War. His letters describe Sharpsburg, Maryland, in the aftermath of the battle of Antietam, as well as as his part in the battles of Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville. Also included in the collection is a letter from a newly appointed woman faculty member at Hillsdale, Michigan. The letter (1859) describes the college and her experiences as the first women hired by a previously all-male...
Dates: 1859 - 1863

Albert W. Barber papers

Identifier: c-00282
Scope and Contents This collection contains Civil War letters from Albert W. Barber to his family while serving with Company F, 18th Michigan Infantry, in Kentucky and Tennessee. In the letters, primarily written to his mother, he talks about camp life, his friends, officers of the regiment, and particularly about the weather.In addition, Albert talks about town life, particularly in Lexington and Louisville, Kentucky, and Nashville, Tennessee, and about the prices of perishable goods.The...
Dates: 1862 - 1863

Alvah Marsh papers

Identifier: c-00110
Scope and Contents

This collection consists of Civil War letters written by Alvah Marsh to family and friends. The letters refer frequently to Marsh's brother Frank and to his stepbrothers Edwin and Augustus Holmes (see collections c.108 and c.109). These letters have been transcribed, scanned and placed online at

Dates: 1862 - 1864

Arnold family papers

Identifier: c-00227
Scope and Contents This collections consists primarily of Civil War letters from William, Henry, and Uriah Arnold. William enlisted in the 1st Michigan Cavalry, which served in the eastern campaigns. After the war, the regiment was sent west to protect settlers from the Indians; William wrote from Kansas and Utah, complaining that the Army had forgotten his regiment. Uriah served in the 23rd Michigan Infantry in the western campaigns, and his letters describe the hard fighting around Atlanta. One letter from...
Dates: 1861 - 1870

Campbell family papers

Identifier: c-00182
Scope and Contents The Campbell family papers consist primarily of Civil War letters from Alexander and Allen Campbell to their father, John, in Groveland, Michigan. The Campbell brothers joined the 1st Michigan engineers and served for the most part in Tennessee, where they helped build bridges and repair railroads. The letters discuss their experiences and home matters as well as recruitment and opposition to the draft. Their regiment later joined Sherman for his March to the Sea. In one letter Allen...
Dates: 1860 - 1866

Charles William Cathcart papers

Identifier: 00006
Scope and Contents This collection documents the political interests of various members of the Cathcart family during the years 1821-1889, and is divided as such into the affairs of two generations: that of James Leander Cathcart and that of his sons, James, Charles, John and Henry, with the greatest amount of material pertaining to Charles Cathcart.Letters of the senior Cathcart comprise the first part of the collection. There are several letters, which expound upon his grudge against the...
Dates: 1821 - 1889

Davis family papers

Identifier: c-00050
Scope and Contents

The Davis family papers consist primarily of the collection of over 180 letters written by Thomas (T. J.) to his wife, Lucinda, during the Civil War. Also included are Lucinda Davis' reminiscences and an obituary prepared when she died.

The collection also includes transcriptions of the letters done by Thomas Nanzig.

Dates: 1862 - 1865

Eaegle family papers

Identifier: c-00170
Scope and Contents This collection consists primarily of Civil War letters received by Emmiline (Emma) Daggett, of Clinton County, Michigan. Emma received letters from her brother Will in the 10th Michigan Cavalry, her cousin George Daggett in the 33rd New York Infantry, and other friends in those regiments. The letters describe the soldiers' experiences but are primarily concerned with home matters. The bulk of the letters are from William Eaegle of the 3rd Michigan Cavalry, who married Emma Daggett in 1864....
Dates: 1861 - 1876

Edwin Holmes papers

Identifier: c-00109
Scope and Contents This collection consists of Edwin Holmes' Civil War letters to family and friends. His letters deal primarily with his health and with family matters. There are frequent references to his brother Augustus and stepbrother Alvah Marsh (see c.108, c.110).Also included in this collection are several letters from Holmes' stepbrother Frank Marsh, describing his work in an army hospital in Detroit.These materials have been transcribed, scanned and placed online at ...
Dates: 1862 - 1864

Edwin R. Osband diaries

Identifier: c-00136
Scope and Contents This collection consists of three diaries (1861-1864) of Edwin R. Osband of Wayne County, Michigan, kept during his service in the Civil War.The diary entries express alarm at the "profanity and wickedness" among the soldiers (December 23, 1861), describe exorbitant prices in Nashville (February, 1862), and predict that "the war will not be of long duration" (January 9, 1862). There are also comments on a dispute over pay among members of the regiment (1862), and reports on food...
Dates: 1861 - 1866

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Letters (correspondence) 15
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 14
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Medical care 5
Diaries 4
Photographs 4
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United States -- Politics and government -- 19th century 4
Texas 3
Antietam, Battle of, Md., 1862 2
Atlanta Campaign, 1864 2
Autobiographies 2
Education -- Michigan 2
Fredericksburg, Battle of, Fredericksburg, Va., 1862 2
Legal instruments 2
Poetry 2
Shiloh, Battle of, Tenn., 1862 2
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Poetry 2
Africa, North 1
Agriculture -- Indiana 1
Agriculture -- Michigan 1
Agriculture -- Wisconsin 1
Alaska -- Description and travel 1
Algiers (Algeria) 1
Antislavery movements -- United States 1
Atlanta (Ga.) 1
Bull Run, 1st Battle of, Va., 1861 1
Cartes-de-visite (card photographs) 1
Chancellorsville, Battle of, Chancellorsville, Va., 1863 1
Clippings (Books, newspapers, etc.) 1
Corinth, Battle of, Corinth, Miss., 1862 1
Detroit (Mich.) 1
Elections -- Indiana 1
Elections -- United States -- 19th century 1
Erie County (N.Y.) 1
Eskimos 1
Family histories 1
Flint (Mich.) 1
Fort Kodiak (Alaska) 1
Freedmen -- United States 1
Homestead law 1
Ingham County (Mich.) 1
Lexington (Ky.) 1
Louisville (Ky.) 1
Michigan -- Description and travel 1
Microfilms 1
Military records 1
Nashville (Tenn.) 1
Newaygo County (Mich.) 1
Panama -- Description and travel 1
Political conventions 1
Populism -- Kansas -- History -- 19th century 1
Postcards 1
Publications 1
Railroads -- Design and construction 1
Sherman’s March to the Sea 1
Slavery -- United States 1
Speeches 1
Stones River, Battle of, Murfreesboro, Tenn., 1862-1863 1
Taxation -- Michigan 1
Tintype 1
Traditional medicine 1
United States -- Economic conditions -- 19th century 1
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Economic aspects 1
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Participation, British 1
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Prisoners and prisons 1
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Registers 1
Vicksburg (Miss.) 1
Washington (D.C.) 1
Women -- Michigan 1
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