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Robert Mueller collection

Identifier: c-00690

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of three letters dated January 25, February 4, and August 18, 1862.


  • Creation: 1862


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

Robert Mueller collected the letters in this collection and is no relation to the correspondents.

In 1861, Richard Austin (born circa 1837) enlisted in Company E of the 6th Michigan Volunteer Infantry Regiment in Marshall, Michigan. This unit was later reorganized as the 6th Michigan Volunteer Heavy Artillery Regiment. Austin died November 18, 1863 in the Regimental Hospital (6th Michigan Artillery).

Richard Austin was married to Eliza Ann Beers. Eliza's brother, Josiah Luther Beers, composed the last letter in the collection, dated October 20, 1862. Josiah also enlisted in Company E of the 6th Michigan Volunteer Infantry Regiment. He was captured in Tunica Bayou, Louisiana, on November 12, 1863, and died at Andersonville Prison on June 6, 1864, from "diarrhea."


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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.

Robert Mueller Collection
4 Published And Cataloged
E. Busch
January 2015
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Repository Details

Part of the University Archives and Historical Collections Repository

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East Lansing MI 48824 US