Civil War Union Soldier's Letters
Scope and Content
This collection contains four letters, dated 1862-1863, from a Union soldier identified only as "Isaac," written to his parents. In the first letter, dated from Fairfax Court House on October 30, 1862, Isaac writes of gathering chestnuts and selling them, looking forward to gathering persimmons after the frost, and of his other activities in camp. His second letter, written from Dumfries, Virginia, on January 4, 1863, likewise focuses on personal matters and camp activities. In an undated letter, apparently written soon after the Battle of Chancellorsville, Isaac disputes reports of the roles played by the XI and XII Corps in the recent battle. (From his defense of the XI Corps, and particularly the artillery, we might infer that Isaac was a member of an artillery battery within the XI Corps.) He also writes of Confederate soldiers crossing to the Union lines under a flag of truce after the battle to request medical supplies for Union soldiers that had been taken prisoner. In a final, undated letter written from Brook Station, Isaac again provides some camp description and notes that the local farmers are beginning to plant, but the prospects of a good crop are not bright.
- 1862 - 1863
Language of Materials
The materials in the collection are in English.
Conditions Governing Access
The collection is open to research.
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Four letters from a Union soldier identified only as "Isaac," written to his parents from various points in Virginia, during the American Civil War.
Source of Acquisition
The Union Civil War Union Solder's Letters were purchased by Special Collections and University Archives in 1988.
Existence and Location of Copies
The letters are accompanied by typed transcripts.
Rights Statement for Archival Description
The guide to the Civil War Union Soldier's Letters by Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech, is licensed under a CC0 (https://creativecommons.org/share-your-work/public-domain/cc0/).
The processing and description of the Civil War Union Soldier's Letters commenced and was completed in April, 2021.
- Civil War Union Soldier's Letters, 1862-1863
- John M. Jackson
- 2021 (CC0 1.0)
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- 2020-08-25: Finding aid notes updated to new department standards. juliags
- 2021-03-31: LM Rozema added missing notes for an unprocessed collection, added FA title and filing titles, added FA date from EAD, and added component with instances previously attached to collection level.
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