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8 September 1864: “Vive la Sherman!”

Item description: Letter, dated 8 September 1864, from Robert Stuart Finley to his fiancee, Mary A. Cabeen. Finley was a member of the 30th Illinois Infantry, serving in Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana, and Georgia. Item citation: From the Robert Stuart Finley … Continue reading

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3 September 1864: “they curse Hood beyond all account”

Item Description: Letter, 3 September 1864, from George Washington Baker to his mother. Baker hailed from Washington County, N.Y., and served with Company K, 123rd New York Volunteers in the Civil War. Item Citation: From folder 5 of the George … Continue reading

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13 July 1864: “With some exceptions the people that remain and either those who are unable to leave, or who will be pleased with the presence of a Yankee Army.”

Item Description: Letter from Benedict Joseph Semmes shortly after his arrival in Atlanta, GA.  He writes about the evacuation of the city, but feels confident the Confederates will never abandon Atlanta.  He also mentions the sinking of his cousin Raphael … 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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27 June 1864: “…I told you that our company was then on the skirmish line but none of our boys had been brought in, and I supposed they were all safe. Alas, it was not so. We lost one of our best men, Corporal McFarland.”

Item Description:  Letter, dated 27 June 1864, from George Hovey Cadman to his wife Esther. 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 … Continue reading

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26 June 1864: “Our regiment is in more danger from our own battery in the rear than from the rebels in front.”

Item description: Letter, dated 26 June 1864, from George Hovey Cadman, a soldier in the 39th Ohio Infantry Regiment, to his wife Esther. [Item transcription available below images.] Item citation: From folder 10 in George Hovey Cadman Papers (#122), Southern Historical Collection, … Continue reading

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25 June 1864: “I believe we shall find in the end that our re-enlistment was not legal. I do not care, anyhow.”

Item description: Letter, dated 25 June 1864, from George Hovey Cadman, a soldier in the 39th Ohio Infantry Regiment, to his wife Esther. [Item transcription available below images.]   Item citation: From folder 10 in George Hovey Cadman Papers (#122), Southern Historical … Continue reading

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24 June 1864: “…and as to taking off one’s shoes, that’s not to be dreamed of.”

Item description: Letter, dated 24 June 1864, from George Hovey Cadman, a soldier in the 39th Ohio Infantry Regiment, to his wife Esther. [Item transcription available below images.] Item citation: From folder 10 in George Hovey Cadman Papers (#122), Southern Historical … Continue reading

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