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Peter Randall letters

Identifier: c-00528

Scope and Contents

This collection includes Civil War letters written by Peter Randall, of Ypsilanti, Michigan, to his wife, Mary while he was serving in the Union Army on February 26, 1864. Peter enlisted in Company F, 6th Michigan Heavy Artillery. Peter never saw combat so his letters describe daily life in Army camps. Also included is a letter of condolence to Mary from Randall's Sergeant.


  • Creation: 1864


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

Peter Randall was born in Vermont around 1837. He moved to Michigan with his family and settled in Washtenaw County (the exact date is unknown). When Peter was 13, he and his brother Leonard, 15, left home. In 1860, Peter married Mary Catherine Haynes and settled in Ypsilanti, Michigan. After one year, their first and only child, Clara, was born. He enlisted on 26 February 1864 and served in Company F, 6th Michigan Heavy Artillery. He died on 28 October 1864 of chronic diarrhea and is buried in the government cemetery in Fort Gaines, Dauphin Island, Alabama.


0.1 Cubic Feet (, 3 folders)

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Custodial History

Gift of Mable I. Bent, 1985-05-29.

Gift of Bernice A. Fidler, 1985-05-29.

Legal Status

Copyright: Donor(s) have transferred any applicable copyright to Michigan State University but the collection may contain third-party materials for which copyright was not transferred. Copyright restrictions may apply.

Property Rights: Michigan State University.

Peter Randall Letters
4 Published And Cataloged
S. Bykowicz
July 1985
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Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the University Archives and Historical Collections Repository

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