Edwin Messer Civil War Letters,
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
- Messer, Edwin (Person)
Collection is open for research.
Permission to publish material from Edwin Messer Civil War Letters must be obtained from Special Collections, Virginia Tech.
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.
0.1 Cubic Feet (1 folder)
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.
This collection is arranged by material type.
Edwin Messer Civil War Letters were donated to Special Collections in 2004.
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
- © 2015 Virginia Tech. All rights reserved.
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