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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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26 July 1864: “…the Rebels have found their last ditch and are determined to die in it rather than yield.”

Item Description: Letter 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.  In his letter, he describes the events of the Battle … Continue reading

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16 June 1864: “This is only about twenty miles from Atlanta, while it is rumored that Hooker has crossed the river to our right, and is probably trying to get between them and Atlanta with a large force.”

Item description: Letter, dated 16 June 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 transcription available below images.] Item … Continue reading

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21 May 1864: “he suffered but a short time”

Item Description:  Letter dated 21 May 1864 from Robert Stuart Finley to Mr. Richard Cabeen in Illinois, telling of the death of his son Richard H. Cabeen in battle near Reseca, Georgia. Robert Stuart Finley (1838-1868), native of Ohio, moved … Continue reading

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12 May 1864: “The news is not very reliable but indicates that a great & bloody battle is being fought and that Grant is giving the rebels a bitter lesson.”

Item description: Letter, 12 May 1864, from Robert 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 papers #3685-z, Southern Historical Collection, … Continue reading

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7 August 1862: “I see no chance of going home until seseshdom is used up & I hope that won’t be long, unless England interferes.”

Item description: Letter, 7 August 1862, from Robert Stuart Finley to his fiancee, Mary A. Cabeen. Finley was a member of the 30th Illinois Infantry. Item citation: From the Robert Stuart Finley papers #3685-z, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, … 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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