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Harrison Outwater papers

Identifier: c-00141

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of two Civil War letters of Harrison Outwater from the 1st New York Artillery. In the first letter, written to his uncle, Outwater discusses the desperate condition of Confederate deserters arriving at his camp in Bridgeport, Alabama in 1863, and the high rate of reenlistment among the Union soldiers at that time. The second letter, written in 1865 from "the once rebel city of Savannah", describes the attitude of local women toward Union songs and the American flag. Outwater also discusses the decimating effect of the war on the male population, and expresses pity for the females.

These letters have been transcribed, scanned and placed online at


  • 1863, 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

Harrison Outwater enlisted in Company Battery M, New York 1st Light Artillery Battery on 05 September 1862 and mustered out on 23 June 1865 at Rochester, New York.


0.1 Cubic Feet (, 1 folder)

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Custodial History

Gift of Olive Outwater, 1961-05-09. Transferred by Michigan State University Museum.

Legal Status

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

Harrison Outwater Papers
4 Published And Cataloged
March 1965
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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