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Benjamin F. Hough Letter,

Identifier: Ms-2012-065

Scope and Content

The collection consists of a single letter from Hough to "Cousin Seymour." Dated December 2, 1863, the letter requests Seymour send a list of food supplies, paper, and reading materials to Hough at Libby Prison. Hough asks for items such as butter, sugar, salt, crackers and "any little thing you might think of that would be acceptable to a prisoner here."


  • 1863


Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish material from Benjamin F. Hough Letter must be obtained from Special Collections, Virginia Tech.

Biographical Note

Benjamin F. Hough enlisted with 10th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry as a private with Company K. Prior to late September 1863, he was promoted to corporal. During the Battle of Chickamauga, he was taken prisoner by the Confederate Army, and sent to Libby Prison near Richmond, Virginia. Hough died from disease, possibly at Andersonville Prison in Georgia, June 26, 1864.


0.1 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

Language of Materials



The collection consists of a single letter from Hough to "Cousin Seymour," dated December 2, 1863, written from Libby Prison, near Richmond.

Acquisition Information

The Benjamin F. Hough Letter was purchased by Special Collections in September 2012.

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement, and description of the Benjamin F. Hough Letter was completed in October 2012.

A Guide to the Benjamin F. Hough Letter, 1863
Kira A. Dietz, Archivist
© 2012 Virginia Tech. All rights reserved.
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech Repository

Special Collections and University Archives, University Libraries (0434)
560 Drillfield Drive
Newman Library, Virginia Tech
Blacksburg Virginia 24061 US