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Dillingham family papers

Identifier: c-00271

Scope and Contents

This collection consists primarily of Civil War letters from Loomis Dillingham to his family in Michigan. The letters describe Dillingham's experiences in the 26th Michigan Infantry, which spent a year on provost duty near Alexandria, Virginia, before being transferred to active service. Dillingham describes camp life and guard duty. He also discussed politics and the progress of the war, passing the latest rumors on to his family. Dillingham died in a Virginia hospital in June 1864. A letter from his friend, Willis E. Brown, describes his death to his family.

The collection also includes a letter from George Calker, also in the 26th Michigan, telling a friend about sneaking out of camp every night to go to parties.

In addition, the collection contains two letters from Loomis Dillingham's brother William, briefly discussing student matters at Ann Arbor (1871, 1879)


  • Creation: 1862 - 1871

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.


0.1 Cubic Feet (, 2 folders)

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Custodial History

Gift of Chamberlain Memorial Museum, 1952-09-00. Transferred by Michigan State University Museum

Legal Status

Copyright: Michigan State University. Property Rights: Michigan State University.

Dillingham Family Papers
4 Published And Cataloged
December 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