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Julius Frederic Ramsdell papers, 1864-1869; 1910-1911.

October 12, 2009

Creator: Ramsdell, Julius Frederic, 1845-1910.
Collection number: 4403
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Abstract: A diary, letters, and other material of Julius Frederic Ramsdell, member of the 39th Massachusetts Regiment, from Woburn, Mass. Letters from Ramsdell to members of his family and the diary that he kept while in Virginia during the war constitute the bulk of these papers. The letters and diary discuss fellow soldiers; marches; drills; fighting, especially the Battle of Globe Tavern, Va., August 1864 (Battle of Weldon Railroad); Ramsdell’s imprisonment at Belle Isle Prison, Richmond, Va., August and September 1864; Southern dialect; the friendliness with which Union soldiers were treated; blacks; and other matters.

Repository: Southern Historical Collection

Collection Highlights: Occasionally diary entries note the friendliness with which Union soldiers were treated by African Americans in the South.