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Letter From Zachariah Chandler To Thomas S. Armstrong, Zachariah Chandler Dec 1861

Letter From Zachariah Chandler To Thomas S. Armstrong, Zachariah Chandler

Harvey Collection Letters

Zachariah Chandler tells Thomas he has orders to organize a regiment next Thursday.


Letter From Zachariah Chandler To Thomas S. Armstrong, Zachariah Chandler Nov 1861

Letter From Zachariah Chandler To Thomas S. Armstrong, Zachariah Chandler

Harvey Collection Letters

Zachariah Chandler encourages Thomas to put up more posters and asks for a better house for the recruitment meetings.


Letter From Zachariah Chandler To Thomas S. Armstrong, Zachariah Chandler Nov 1861

Letter From Zachariah Chandler To Thomas S. Armstrong, Zachariah Chandler

Harvey Collection Letters

Zachariah Chandler asks Thomas to circulate as many posters as possible to encourage enlistment.


Letter From Mary Armstrong To Thomas S. Armstrong, Mary Armstrong Nov 1861

Letter From Mary Armstrong To Thomas S. Armstrong, Mary Armstrong

Harvey Collection Letters

Mary requests that Thomas and Wilbur enlist in same company.


Letter From Wilbur F. Armstrong To Thomas S. Armstrong, Wilbur F. Armstrong Nov 1861

Letter From Wilbur F. Armstrong To Thomas S. Armstrong, Wilbur F. Armstrong

Harvey Collection Letters

Wilbur instructs Thomas to darn his stockings before they wear out. He writes of their father William's succes at a county fair and David Tod's election at Governor of Ohio.


Letter From George J. Potts To Thomas S. Armstrong, George J. Potts Nov 1861

Letter From George J. Potts To Thomas S. Armstrong, George J. Potts

Harvey Collection Letters

George and Wilbur are enlisting with Zachariah Morris Chandler in the 78th Ohio Volunteer Infantry. Thomas is invited to join them.


Letter From Thomas S. Armstrong To Francis P. Porter, Thomas S. Armstrong Oct 1861

Letter From Thomas S. Armstrong To Francis P. Porter, Thomas S. Armstrong

Harvey Collection Letters

Thomas reports he is prospering at school and anxiously awaiting word from George and Francis.


Letter From William H. Turner To Thomas S. Armstrong, William H. Turner Oct 1861

Letter From William H. Turner To Thomas S. Armstrong, William H. Turner

Harvey Collection Letters

W.H. Turner describes skirmish in the Kanawha Valley and defending against ambush on the Gauley River. William's captain takes measures to rally his soldiers in the aftermath.


Letter From John Plimpton Green To William E. Green Oct 1861

Letter From John Plimpton Green To William E. Green

John Plimpton Green Letters

No abstract provided.


1861-10-07, Nathaniel To Mariah, Nathaniel E. Douglas Oct 1861

1861-10-07, Nathaniel To Mariah, Nathaniel E. Douglas

Nathaniel E. Douglas Civil War Correspondence Collection

No abstract provided.


Letter From Wilbur F. Armstrong To George W. Porter, Wilbur F. Armstrong Oct 1861

Letter From Wilbur F. Armstrong To George W. Porter, Wilbur F. Armstrong

Harvey Collection Letters

Wilbur asks George to find out if a Captain can be reported for using false pretenses to get men to join his regiment.


Letter From Wilbur F. Armstrong To Robert Hanson, Wilbur F. Armstrong Oct 1861

Letter From Wilbur F. Armstrong To Robert Hanson, Wilbur F. Armstrong

Harvey Collection Letters

Wilbur relays his dismay at not being appointed Sergeant to Robert. He intends to return to camp soon.


Letter From Wilbur F. Armstrong To Thomas S. Armstrong, Wilbur F. Armstrong Sep 1861

Letter From Wilbur F. Armstrong To Thomas S. Armstrong, Wilbur F. Armstrong

Harvey Collection Letters

Wilbur is disappointed that a Sargeancy he was promised for enlisting will not materialize. He mulls the prospect of joining the army as a Private and offers words of encouragement to Thomas.


Letter To Jennie Guiney, 1861 September 5, Patrick Guiney Sep 1861

Letter To Jennie Guiney, 1861 September 5, Patrick Guiney

Col. Patrick Guiney Letters

No abstract provided.


Letter To Jennie Guiney, 1861 September 4, Patrick Guiney Sep 1861

Letter To Jennie Guiney, 1861 September 4, Patrick Guiney

Col. Patrick Guiney Letters

No abstract provided.


Letter From Abram Hull To William Armstrong And Jane Armstrong, Abram Hull Aug 1861

Letter From Abram Hull To William Armstrong And Jane Armstrong, Abram Hull

Harvey Collection Letters

Abram and Matilda inform the Armstrongs of local men who have enlisted.


Letter From W.B. Rice To Mrs. Harriet L. Rand, July 31, 1861, Harriet L. Rand Jul 1861

Letter From W.B. Rice To Mrs. Harriet L. Rand, July 31, 1861, Harriet L. Rand

Paul W. Bean Civil War Papers

Letter from W.B. Rice to his sister Louisa, July 31, 1861. In it he tells her of his life in the army and the conditions they faced since the outbreak of the war, though the reality of the situation and the brutality of the battlefield caused him enough disturbance to not include any information about his experiences at Bull Run.

Taken from the Paul W. Bean Collection, Box no. 279, f.44


Letter From Wilbur F. Armstrong To Thomas S. Armstrong, Wilbur F. Armstrong Jul 1861

Letter From Wilbur F. Armstrong To Thomas S. Armstrong, Wilbur F. Armstrong

Harvey Collection Letters

Wilbur provides a diaristic account of his trip to Capitol Hill, including his itinerary, artwork he viewed, Congressional sessions he attended and the gathering of troops there from early engagements at the onset of the war. He concludes the letter: "If you could see some of the realities of soldiering, you would not want to volunteer even if Abe Lincoln was captain. I advise you to stay at home. You may rest assured that I will not volunteer..."


John B. Magruder Orders The Purchase Of Wagons, Saddles, Saddle Blankets, And Bridles. Virginia, July 15, 1861., John Bankhead Magruder Jul 1861

John B. Magruder Orders The Purchase Of Wagons, Saddles, Saddle Blankets, And Bridles. Virginia, July 15, 1861., John Bankhead Magruder

Broadus R. Littlejohn, Jr. Manuscript and Ephemera Collection

Brigadier General Magruder orders Assistant Quarter Master Captain Morrison to purchase 20 "good strong wagons" and 20 saddles, saddle blankets, and bridles. July 15, 1861.


Letter To Jennie Guiney, 1861 July 9, Patrick Guiney Jul 1861

Letter To Jennie Guiney, 1861 July 9, Patrick Guiney

Col. Patrick Guiney Letters

No abstract provided.


Letter From Frank L. Lemont To J.S. Lemont, July 8, 1861, Frank L. Lemont Jul 1861

Letter From Frank L. Lemont To J.S. Lemont, July 8, 1861, Frank L. Lemont

Paul W. Bean Civil War Papers

Letter from Frank L. Lemont to his mother J.S. Lemont, July 8, 1861. In it he tells her of the weather and their current situation in camp near Washington. He indicates that a battle is to be expected in the near future and passes along rumors that the battle ahead should be short, decisive, and end the war swiftly but he himself chooses instead to worry less about that outcome because it is not in his power to read the future.

Taken from the Paul W. Bean Collection, Box no. 277, f.5


Letter To Jennie Guiney, 1861 July 2, Patrick Guiney Jul 1861

Letter To Jennie Guiney, 1861 July 2, Patrick Guiney

Col. Patrick Guiney Letters

No abstract provided.


Letter From Frank L. Lemont To J.S. Lemont And Samuel R. Lemont, June 30, 1861, Frank L. Lemont Jun 1861

Letter From Frank L. Lemont To J.S. Lemont And Samuel R. Lemont, June 30, 1861, Frank L. Lemont

Paul W. Bean Civil War Papers

Letter from Frank L. Lemont to J.S. Lemont and Samuel R. Lemont, June 30, 1861. In it he mostly tells his family of their long journey to Washington amid the preparations for war, including the numerous parades and interactions with locals on their way from Maine, down through Boston to Washington. He wishes the family well and that they not worry excessively over his situation.

Taken from the Paul W. Bean Collection, Box no. 277, f.5


Last Letter Barnard E. Bee Wrote To His Brother H.P. Bee, June 20, 1861, Barnard E. Bee Jun 1861

Last Letter Barnard E. Bee Wrote To His Brother H.P. Bee, June 20, 1861, Barnard E. Bee

Broadus R. Littlejohn, Jr. Manuscript and Ephemera Collection

Bee sends his love to his brother's family and asks that his son be taken care of "should I fall in this war."


Letter From Samuel Fisk Green To John Plimpton Green May 1861

Letter From Samuel Fisk Green To John Plimpton Green

John Plimpton Green Letters

No abstract provided.


Diary: W.E. Johnson, W. E. Johnson Jan 1861

Diary: W.E. Johnson, W. E. Johnson

W.E. Johnson Papers

This file contains the scanned images of W.E. Johnson's diary that he kept as prisoner-of-war through 1864. Two versions of the scans are posted here: the main version a reduced-size PDF (13.5MB). An optimized PDF version (45.6MB) of the diary is also available for download on this page.

An automatically-updating draft transcription of the diary is available.


James Randall Poetry Manuscript, James Ryder Randall Jan 1861

James Randall Poetry Manuscript, James Ryder Randall

Broadus R. Littlejohn, Jr. Manuscript and Ephemera Collection

A fair copy of "My Maryland," a poem by James Ryder Randall later utilized in a Civil War battle hymn and as the lyrics for the state anthem of Maryland, "Maryland, My Maryland." It is unknown if this is a fair copy by Randall himself or by another creator.