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    • MS 22:  Civil War diary of Cyrus Bacon  1861-1863 Diary of Cyrus Bacon

    • 1861-1863 diary of Cyrus Bacon. In this diary, Bacon describes daily life in the Seventh Michigan Infantry. He gives vivid accounts of Yorktown, Fair Oaks, White Oak Swamp, Antietam, and Gettysburg.
    • American Civil War; Bacon, Cyrus; Cyrus Bacon; Seventh Michigan Infantry; 7th Michigan Infantry; Assistant Surgeon; Commissioned Officer; Yorktown (Va.); Battle of Yorktown; Seven Days Campaign; Seven Days' Battles, Va., 1862; Battle of Fair Oaks;...
    • MS 55-7: William A. Barnard Collection  1863-03-11 Letter from William Barnard

    • Letter from William A. Barnard to his sister, Ellen Barnard dated March 11, 1863. In this letter, he discusses the camp, food, the status of his regiment, and his desire for a furlough.
    • American Civil War; William A. Barnard; Barnard, William A.; Ellen Barnard; Barnard, Ellen; Twentieth Michigan Infantry; 20th Michigan Infantry; First Lieutenant; Newport News (Va.); camp life; camp; food; regimental history; furlough;
    • MS 62-52: Douwe B. Yntema Collection  1862-12-13 Letter from Leonard G. Loomis

    • Letter from Leonard G. Loomis to Elizabeth Abbott dated December 13, 1862. In this letter, he expresses his feelings for Elizabeth, describes why he enlisted in the army and the challenges he faces. He also asks Elizabeth about her community and...
    • American Civil War; Loomis, Leonard G.; Leonard G. Loomis; Abbott (Loomis), Elizabeth; Elizabeth (Loomis) Abbott; Forty-Second Ohio Infantry; 42nd Ohio Infantry; courting; camp life; enlistment; morale; soldier behavior; community
    • MS 62-52: Douwe B. Yntema Collection  1864-04-01 Letter from Leonard G. Loomis

    • Letter from Leonard G. Loomis to Elizabeth Abbott dated April 1, 1864. In this letter, he describes camp life, southern society, the status of his regiment, reenlistment, the Copperhead Movement, and his opinions on slavery.
    • American Civil War; Loomis, Leonard G.; Leonard G. Loomis; Abbott (Loomis), Elizabeth; Elizabeth (Loomis) Abbott; Baton Rouge (La.); camp; camp life; Slavery; parade; African Americans; reenlistment; Copperhead Movement; draft; southern society;...
    • MS 88-51 : Jeffery Perry collection  1863 Diary of Jeffery Perry

    • Diary of Jeffery Perry dated January 1, 1863- December 31, 1863. In his diary, Perry predominately discusses the weather with some brief comments regarding events in Perry's camp and about the war in general. At the end of each month, Perry notes...
    • American Civil War; Jeffery Perry; Perry, Jeffery; diary; 5th Michigan Infantry; Fifth Michigan Infantry; finance; rations; travel; hospital; camp life; regimental history; regimental inspection; dress parade; fatigue duty; picket duty; church;...
    • MS 61-9: George G. Christman Collection  1862-09-10 Letter from Arza Bartholomew

    • Letter from Arza Bartholomew to his wife, Frank Bartholomew, dated September 10, 1862. In this letter, he discusses finances, arriving in Covington, Kentucky, the train ride, food, parades, and camp life.
    • American Civil War; Arza Bartholomew; Bartholomew, Arza; Frances Bartholomew; Bartholomew, Frances; Frank Bartholomew; Bartholomew, Frank; Twenty-first Michigan Infantry; 21st Michigan Infantry; Camp Sigel (Ionia, Mich.); Covington (Ky.); finances;...
    • MS 64-29: Edyna Herron Collection  1862-07-13 Letter from William H. Woodcock

    • Letter from William H. Woodcock to Mary Stroud dated July 13, 1862. In this letter, he discusses the status of friends serving on the front, his desire for a furlough, the weather, the movements of his regiment, skirmishes, military strategy,...
    • American Civil War; William H. Woodcock; Woodcock, William H.; 15th Ohio Infantry; Fifteenth Ohio Infantry; private; Corinth (Miss.); illness; hospital; furlough; weather; regimental history; P.G.T. Beauregard; Beauregard, P.G.T.; Beauregard, G. T....
    • MS 82-5: Lemuel W. Osborn collection  1864-05-23 Letter from Lemuel W. Osborn

    • Letter from Lemuel W. Osborn to his wife, Eunice, dated May 23, 1864. Osborn shares events concerning camp life including getting stung by a scorpion, receiving letters from friends, and encountering beggers. He also sparks a discussion about...
    • American Civil War; Osborn, Lemuel W.; Lemuel W. Osborn; correspondence; 13th Michigan Infantry; Thirteenth Michigan Infantry; camp life; business; home life
    • MS 69-121: Grace Dunham Collection  1862-10-04 Letter from Alphonso Crane

    • Letter from Alphonso Crane to his father, William Crane, dated October 4, 1862. In this letter, he discusses his father's health, his relationship with his father, finances, food, his girlfriend, Emma, and the Emancipation Proclamation.
    • American Civil War; Alphonso D. Crane; Crane, Alphonso D.; William Crane; Crane, William; Second Michigan Infantry; 2nd Michigan Infantry; Upton Hill (Va.); Arlington (Va.); health; family relationships; finances; food; camp life; courtship;...
    • MS 61-9: George G. Christman Collection  1862-12-14 Letter from Arza Bartholomew

    • Letter from Arza Bartholomew to his wife, Frank Bartholomew, dated December 14, 1862. In this letter, he discusses Frank's health, family news, soldier life, tents, the status of family and friends, food, and the baby.
    • American Civil War; Arza Bartholomew; Bartholomew, Arza; Frances Bartholomew; Bartholomew, Frances; Frank Bartholomew; Bartholomew, Frank; Twenty-first Michigan Infantry; 21st Michigan Infantry; Nashville (Tenn.); camp life; tent; food; baby;
    • MS 69-117: Mrs. Thomas Brooke Collection  1864-01-21 Letter from Darwin Babbitt

    • Letter from Darwin Babbitt to his parents, dated January 21, 1864. In this letter, he discusses relics, winter quarters (log shanties covered with tents), Confederate deserters talking about starvation on the lines, rations, the weather, the...
    • American Civil War; Darwin H. Babbitt; Babbitt, Darwin H.; Samuel A. Babbitt; Babbitt, Samuel A.; Fifth Michigan Cavalry; 5th Michigan Cavalry; Stevensburg (Va.);looting; camp life; tent; Confederate Army; deserters; food; rations; weather;...

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