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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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7 March 1862: “A great many bodies have been taken up and still the woods are thick with groups of graves with rudely carved boards for tombstones to show where their last remains repose.”

Item description: Letter, 7 March 1862, from Robert Stuart Finley to his fiancee, Mary A. Cabeen. Finley was a member of the 30th Illinois Infantry, a Union regiment engaged in the siege and taking of Fort Donelson on the 13th, … Continue reading

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7 May 1861: “Knowing as I did that N.C. had always been loyal to Government, I believed she would ever remain so; but have been much astounded at the reports we have from there within the few weeks past.”

Item description: Letter of 7 May 1861 from a D. Clapp, of Danville, Illinois, to William A. Graham.  The letter discusses the issue of slavery and the writer’s understanding of President Abraham Lincoln’s stance on the issue.  In the wake of … Continue reading

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