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Edwin Messer Civil War Letters,

Identifier: Ms-2015-024

Scope and Content

This collection contains the photocopies of letters sent by Edwin Messer of the 37th Illinois Infantry Regiment of the Union Army during the Civil War. Messer writes to his Sister, Mother, and Girlfriend as his Regiment moves across Illinois through Missouri and into Arkansas and finally Mississippi. Messer describes the Battles of Pea Ridge, Prairie Grove, the Siege of Vicksburg, and many minor skirmishes.


  • 1861 - 1864


Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish material from Edwin Messer Civil War Letters must be obtained from Special Collections, Virginia Tech.

Historical Note

Edwin Messer was a soldier in the 37th Illinois Infantry, a volunteer regiment of the Union Army organized in Chicago, Illinois, during the Civil War. The Regiment went by the nicknames Fremont Rifles and Illinois Greyhounds during the war.


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Language of Materials



The Edwin Messer Civil War Letters is a collection of letters written by Edwin Messer during his service with the 37th Illinois Infantry of the Union Army. Written to his Mother, Sister, and Girlfriend, the letters describe his accounts of the Siege of Vicksburg the battles of Prairie Grove and Pea Ridge.


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Acquisition Information

Edwin Messer Civil War Letters were donated to Special Collections in 2004.

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement, and description of the Edwin Messer Civil War Letters was completed in July 2015.

A Guide to the Edwin Messer Civil War Letters, 1861-1864
A Collection in Special Collections.
Ryan Mair
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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