Israel G. Atkins papers
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
- 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.
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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Gift of the Chamberlain Memorial Museum, date unknown. Transferred by Michigan State University Museum
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.