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Israel G. Atkins papers

Identifier: c-00228

Scope and Contents

This collections consists primarily of his letters home to his parents. Atkins spent much of 1862 and 1863 in army hospitals behind the lines. His letters during this period complain of ill health and ask his parents to help him get a discharge. By 1864 Atkins' letters show him in much better health and becoming reconciled to the army. He was able to join his regiment on active service in the Western campaigns, including the siege of Atlanta. His later letters describe camp and hospital life and ask constantly for news from home.

These letters have been transcribed, scanned and put online at


  • 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

Israel G. Atkins of Perry, Michigan, enlisted in the 23rd Michigan Infantry in 1862 at the age of 16.


0.1 Cubic Feet (, 1 folder)

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Custodial History

Gift of the Chamberlain Memorial Museum, date unknown. Transferred by Michigan State University Museum

Legal Status

Copyright: Michigan State University Property Rights: Michigan State University

Israel G. Atkins Papers
4 Published And Cataloged
October 1964
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Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the University Archives and Historical Collections Repository

Conrad Hall
943 Conrad Road, Room 101
East Lansing MI 48824 US