Carlos W. Colby Letters (transcription Complete)
Colby, Carlos W. Papers, 1821-1937, bulk 1861-1865.
146 letters (560 p.), 3 envelopes, 3 photos, 2 documents (12 p.)
Second Corporal, 97th Illinois Volunteer Infantry Regiment, Company G.
Consists of 129 letters home, 1862-1865, from Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Florida, describing all aspects of daily camp life, covering such topics as accommodations, food, clothing, health, weather, scenery, transportation, and weaponry. The letters also reveal social and racial attitudes, moral and mental states, and patriotic sentiments and contain observations on military leaders (Ulysses S. Grant). Colby includes graphic descriptions of particular battles and skirmishes (Vicksburg, Fort Blakely, and Jackson). There are also 12 Civil War letters of future brother-in-law James Rowe, 1862-1865, who served as an infantryman and hospital steward, reminiscences by Colby, and tintypes of Colby as a soldier.
Call Number: VAULT Case MS 10014
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