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Augustus Holmes papers

Identifier: c-00108

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of Civil War letters written by Augustus Holmes to family and friends. His letters describe guard duty as well as some scouting and raiding in Virginia. They also express Holmes' dissatisfaction with hospital life. Holmes frequently asked for or passed on news of his brother Edwin and stepbrothers Frank and Alvah Marsh (see collections c.109 and c.110). These materials have been transcribed, scanned and placed online at

Some typed descriptions are included in place of the original letters.


  • Creation: 1862 - 1865

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from this collection must be obtained from University Archives & Historical Collections, Michigan State University.

Biographical Note

Augustus Holmes enlisted in the 6th Michigan Cavalry in 1862 and spent several months on guard duty in Washington, D.C. He was wounded in the battle of the Wilderness in May 1864. The wound kept him in army hospitals for the rest of the war.


0.1 Cubic Feet (, 1 folder)

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Custodial History

Gift of Mrs. Charles Jacobs, 1961-01-26. Transferred by Michigan State University Museum.

Related Archival Materials

See Also: c.00109 and c.00110.

Legal Status

Copyright: Michigan State University Property Rights: Michigan State University

Augustus Holmes Papers
4 Published And Cataloged
February 1965
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Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the University Archives and Historical Collections Repository

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