Creator: Simmons, Henry E., fl. 1862-1865.
Collection number: 3115-z
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Abstract: Soldier and educator of Providence, R.I. Chiefly letters to his wife from Henry E. Simmons while he was serving as a sergeant in the 11th Rhode Island regiment, U.S. Army, chiefly in the area around Washington, D.C., and in eastern Virginia, 1862-1863. Letters particularly emphasize Simmons’s personal religious efforts among the soldiers and his observations of blacks and black laborers employed by the army. Also included are three letters, late 1865, from Simmons while he was principal of a freedmen’s school at Arlington, Va., discussing affairs at the school and other matters.
Repository: Southern Historical Collection
Collection Highlights: Letters emphasize personal religious efforts among the soldiers and include observations of freedmen employed by the Federal army. Includes three letters written while Simmons was principal of a freedmen’s school at Arlington, Virginia (1865).
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