Category Archives: Southern Historical Collection

15 July 1864: “You spoke in your last letter about trying to get a negro boy to be your servant and I think of trying to bring him up to Chicago with you. Now what would we do with him if we had him?”

Item description: Letter, dated 15 July 1864, from William Hunt to his brother Andrew Lucas Hunt.  Andrew Lucas Hunt (1843-1905) of Chicago, Ill., was an officer with the 134th Illinois Regiment, United States Army, during the Civil War. Item citation:  Letter dated … Continue reading

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14 July 1864: “Who would have thought then that he would never return.”

Item description:  Letter, dated 14 July 1864, from William Hunt to his brother Andrew Lucas Hunt. Andrew Lucas Hunt (1843-1905) of Chicago, Ill., was an officer with the 134th Illinois Regiment, United States Army, during the Civil War.  Item citation:  Letter … Continue reading

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10 July 1864: “Dear Mother I think I can say that should it be my lot to meet the King of Terrors, I could do so without fear – ‘for thy rod and thy staff – they uphold me’[...]”

Item description:  Letter dated 10 July 1864 from Andrew Lucas Hunt to his mother, Sophia Hunt, with news of camp life and the death of fellow officer, Captain Lewis.  Andrew Lucas Hunt (1843-1905) of Chicago, Ill., was an officer with … Continue reading

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6 July 1864: “You speak of riding with Col. McChesney and note his mentioning that I was not pleasant enough to the other officers. It may be that I am not familiar enough with some, but as yet I have not found time to idle away in the company of officers whose rank does not give them wit or intelligence.”

Item description:  Letter dated 6 July 1864, from Lieutenant Colonel John C. Bigelow of the 134th Illinois Infantry Regiment to his friend, Hamilton Hunt.  This letter was sent from Camp Hancock in Columbus, Ky. and describes camp life, packages received, … Continue reading

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3 July 1864: “[...]we have fixed up our quarters with bowers, etc – very nice – I built me a spring bed two hickory poles – lay barrel staves on them – tack them down – and I have as good a bed as I want.”

Item description:  Letter originally dated 2 July 1864 and continued on 3 July 1864, from Andrew Lucas Hunt to his mother Sophia Hunt, describing camp life.  Andrew Lucas Hunt (1843-1905) of Chicago, Ill., was an officer with the 134th Illinois Regiment, … Continue reading

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2 July 1864: “I have been at work shading my tent + am so hot + feel so dirty, that I hardly can write[...]“

Item description: Letter dated 2 July 1864, from Andrew Lucas Hunt to his mother, Sophia Hunt, about camp life and news from home.  Andrew Lucas Hunt (1843-1905) of Chicago, Ill., was an officer with the 134th Illinois Regiment, United States … Continue reading

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1 July 1864: “A negro man named Sam called at my house this morning, who says he was freed from his master’s farm in Mecklenburg (Dr. Burwell) by the Yankees this Sunday and was with them till Tuesday when he made his escape and is now trying to make his way home.”

Item Description:  A note dated 1 July 1864, from Blanche W. Sydnar to George W. Burwell, a physician, planter, and businessman of Mecklenburg County, Va., with the news of Sam, claiming that he had been forced from George’s home by … Continue reading

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30 June 1864: “The rebels still hold this big hill in our front, and there seems no disposition on the part of our Generals to hurry them off.”

Item Description:  Letter, dated 30 June 1864, from George Hovey Cadman to his wife. Cadman (fl. 1862-1864) was a soldier in the 39th Ohio Infantry Regiment during the Civil War. [Item transcription available below images.] Item Citation:  From the George … Continue reading

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29 June 1864: “It would amuse you to notice the sounds of the different shells. The Rodman gives a sharp snap like a thunderbolt striking when it is fired, and the shell whizzes through the air like the sound of a locomotive at full speed.”

Item Description:  Letter, dated 29 June 1864, from George Hovey Cadman to his wife. Cadman (fl. 1862-1864) was a soldier in the 39th Ohio Infantry Regiment during the Civil War. [Item transcription available below images.] Item Citation:  From the George … Continue reading

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28 June 1864: “You see, my love, that death is no respecter of persons, and that old and young die, at home as well as on the battlefield.”

Item Description: Letter, dated 28 June 1864, from George Hovey Cadman. Cadman (fl. 1862-1864) was a soldier, 39th Ohio Infantry Regiment, during the Civil War. [Item transcription available below images.] Item Citation:  From the George Hovey Cadman Papers, #122, Southern Historical … Continue reading

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