Battles
  • Alliton, Silas, 1842- Papers, 1860-1916, include reunion banner, Company G, 3rd Michigan Cavalry, 3 diaries, 1863-1866, postcards, newspaper clippings, correspondence with Alliton and girlfriend, Dora Knight. Letters describe camp life, skirmishes with Rebels in MS and Ark., discontent and mutiny over delayed discharge after War. Also letters of Henry R. Wallace, a soldier in Company B, 1st Michigan Engineers and Mechanics to Dora about the Battle of Chattanooga, Ga. skirmishes, political sentiments, and pro-Lincoln ideas. Finding Aid.
  • Buck, R. Mortimer, 1833-1902. Papers, 1850, 1909. .5 cubic ft. (in 1 box). Papers, 1850-1909 and undated, include his diaries, 1862-1865, which describe his experience in the Civil War, Michigan Cavalry 4th Regiment, his march from Detroit (MI) to the Battle of Murfreesboro (TN), camp life, equipment, cavalry pickets, and fighting at Chattanooga and Trenton (TN). Bio: Buck was from Paw Paw (MI) and served in the Michigan Cavalry 4th Regiment, Cos. A & C. He was honorably discharged with the rank of Captain in 1865. He died on Dec. 8, 1902 and was buried in Paw Paw. Finding Aid.
  • Bullock, Miles Wayne (1844-1914) Family Papers, 1799-1911. Papers include: photographs; obituaries; autobiographical sketch; diaries, 1862, 1864-1865; and correspondence with Company G, New York 61st Regiment comrades about feelings of soldiers and civilians during Civil War, superior officers, armistice, battles of Fredericksburg (Va.), Gettysburg (Pa.) Harper's Ferry (W.Va.), and Sharpsburg (Md.). Bio: Resident of Sherburne (NY), alter Marion (Mich.), served in New York 61st Regiment, Company G. In 1866, he moved to Marion (Mich.). Finding aid available.
  • Clarke Historical Library. Civil War Stereographs, ca. 1863-1880. 7 items. Views relating to the Civil War, including: Gettysburg (from paintings and photographs), a field hospital, General Sheridan, and the gunboat Onondaga.
  • Ensign, Daniel J., d. 1862. Letters, 1861-1862. 4 items. Letters to sister, Amanda, while stationed at Arlington Heights. Topics include: 1st Bull Run, Virginia women, local Michigan news, and he predicts the end of the war by the spring of 1862. Also, brief service record. Bio: Resident of Genessee County, MI; served with the 2nd Michigan Inf., Co. F; died in 1862 from a wound received at Fair Oaks, VA.
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  • lmer, J. D. Three years in the army, 1862-1865. 1 vol. (156 pages). Diary with a detailed narrative style. Explains much about what he feels and why he thinks events occur. Bio: Born in Milton, PA; served with the 16th Penn Cav, Co F; Michigan lumberman after the war; retired to Schoolcraft, MI
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  • laspie, Ira Myron Bailey, 1837-1897. Diary of Ira M. B. Gillaspie Co C Mich Inft writen in the arme 1861-62 and 3, 1861-1958, bulk, 1861-1863. 2 items. Diary primarily relating daily activities. Discusses illness, exhibits a negative attitude towards blacks, and has an account of the battle of Stone River (Murfreesboro, TN). Includes brief service history. Bio: Gillaspie was a resident of St. Joseph County, MI
  • Gillis, Simeon. Diary, 1862-1864. 1 v. Unsigned typescript of diary, edited by Jim Tuma and Martin Sugden. Diary very briefly describes marches, skirmishes, battles, and weather. (48 p.) Bio: soldier in Ohio Infantry Regiment, 68th, 3rd Division.
  • Green, Thomas. Letter, 1863 Sept. 30. 1 item (4 pages). Photocopy of a letter from Green, a Union soldier, discussing a soldier's life and the Battle of Chattanooga.
  • Montgomery, Thomas S. Eleven months experience in a Rebel prison. Typed manuscript (copy) (20 p.). 1 folder. Typed transcript of the story of his life before the war, his military record, battles, being taken prisoner at the Battle of Bull Run, life in Libby Prison and the U.S. Hotel in Tuscaloosa (MS), treatment of soldiers, wounding of his thigh, re-enlistment, re-capture, food and supplies, and being paroled. A photocopy of his service record is also included. Bio: Montgomery was born April 25, 1836 in Angelica (Allegany County, NY). In April 1861, he enlisted in Co. A, 1st Michigan Infantry. He was mustered in May 1861, taken prisoner at Bull Run (VA) July 21, 1861, and discharged at Detroit, July 1862. He re-enlisted in the 5th Michigan Infantry, Co. G in 1862 at the age of 28. He was mustered in Sept. 1862, wounded at Gettysburg on July 2, 1863 and promoted to Corporal. He was transferred to the Invalid Corps on Oct. 20, 1863 and discharged on disability at Washington, D.C. on Aug. 5, 1865, from the 3rd Co., 2nd Battalion, V.R.C. (Veteran Reserve Corps).
  • Norton, Oliver W. Papers, 1910-1916. 1 v. Scrapbook with correspondence describing the attack and defense of Little Big Top (Gettysburg) on July 2, 1863 (written in 1913); the role of Strong Vincent in the Battle of Gettysburg, and other materials by Vincent. Bio: Private in 83rd Pennsylvania Volunteers.
  • Rix, Hiram, Jr., 1844- Papers, 1863, 1867. 1 v. (in 1 folder), ill. Papers include a diary, Jan.-Dec. 1865 with accounts for 1863-1864 and 1866; a tintype of his sister, Hattie Rix; and a letter dated Dec. 4, 1867 to Hiram from C. Clark in the Treasury Dept., Washington D.C., about purchasing land. The letter is on Treasury Dept. letterhead. Also included is a photocopy of Rix's service record. The diary describes his life in a camp near Winchester (Va.) with drills; inspections; quartermaster business; rough weather; lack of water; marches to Harrisburg (PA), Petersburg (Va.), and Vicksburg (MS); pickets; battles; and Rebel deserters. Bio: Rix, from Meridian (Saginaw County, MI), enlisted in Company D, 6th Michigan Cavalry on Oct. 23, 1862 at Lansing (MI) at age 18. He was mustered on Nov. 11, 1862. On June 1, 1864, he was promoted to Corporal, was promoted to Sergeant on Nov. 1, 1864, and was promoted to Quartermaster Sergeant on Sept. 1, 1865. He was mustered out at Fort Leavenworth (Kan.) on Nov. 24, 1865. After the war ended, Rix marched to Fort Laramie (Wyo.) and fought Native Americans. He later lived in Leroy (Osceola County, MI)
  • Rogers, Alonzo Romeyn. Papers, 1861, 1885. 1 folder, ill. Papers, include a partial diary, dated Oct.-Dec. 1861; a photograph, possibly a tintype, of Rogers in uniform; letters to/from friends and family, dated Feb. 11, 1862-Jan. 4, 1885; and an undated note about a slave sale. The note lists a boy, age 12 ($205), a woman, age 40, and a child, age 4 ($267), a woman and five children ($1,069), a woman ($220), and two man ($750). The correspondence includes a letter to "Dear Father," dated Feb. 22, 1862, from Alonzo in Somerset about news from home; a letter to "Dear Father" from Alonzo in Lexington (Ky.), dated Feb. 18, 1862, describing the fall of New Orleans (La.) and Savannah (Ga.), women helping soldiers in hospitals, and concerts to benefit the sick; a letter to "Dear Father" from Rogers in Nashville (TN), dated March 17, 1862, describing the scorn of citizens for soldiers, that he visited the Capitol, saw Andrew Johnson, Gen. Thomas, and Col. Steedman, sketched forts, and needed shirts; a letter to Mr. Rodgers from Fred Dahn, Co. E, 2nd Kentucky Regiment from a camp on the battlefield of Pittsburg Landing (TN), from April 18, 1862, about the battle; a letter to "Sister" from Alonzo in a camp opposite Chattanooga (TN), dated Nov. 6, 1863, describing rain, homesickness, constant skirmishes, food, and leaving for Bridgeport; a letter to "Friend Nellie" from Rogers in Louisville (Ky.), dated July 17 and 19, 1864, about more Rebels, constructing forts, and expecting an invasion. There are two undated Civil War letters to "Dear Father" from Rogers, one from Philippi (WV), dated June 21, 186-, about food rations and one dated June 21, 186-, also from Philippi (WV), Headquarters, 14th Regiment, OVM (Ohio Volunteer Militia?), about the regiment taking Rebel prisoners and losing Ohio men as prisoners of war. There is also a letter to "Friend Nellie," dated January 6, 1864 from D. W. Persons, Co. D., 4th Ohio Volunteer P. (Patrol?), 2nd Brigade, 2nd Division, 15th Artillery Corps, about memories and Bridgeport. Letters after the war include those from Mrs. Eliza B. Kimball, Columbus (Ohio), dated May 25, 1873, to Alonzo about the death of his father; a letter to Alonzo in Toledo (Ohio) from H. R. Lyle in Titusville (Pa.) dated April 26, 1875, about land for sale; and a generic letter from Alonzo to his unamed son, dated Jan. 4, 1885, on letterhead of the Toledo Electric Company with Rogers listed as Superintendent. Bio: Rogers was an officer in the 14th Ohio Infantry during the Civil War and Superintendent of the Toledo Electric Company after the war.
  • Slaven, George C. Diaries, 1864, 1865. 1 Folder. Diaries, Jan. 1, 1864-July 24, 1865, briefly and daily note the weather, marching, picket duty, deaths and a funeral of comrades, fighting Rebels, and various locations in Virginia where the company marched to, fought at, or camped during the war, including Spotsylvania. On Oct. 21, 1864 the battalion escorted Gen George A. Custer. Also included are photocopies of relevant pages from the regimental history. Bio: Slaven enlisted on Jan. 15, 1863 in Company B of the 18th Pennsylvania Volunteer Cavalry, part of the 1st Brigade, 3rd Division Cavalry Corps, Army of the Potomac. He was discharged by General Order on July 21, 1865. His hometown is listed as Greenwood Township (Crawford County, PA) in the diary. An Andrew W. Slaven, possibly a brother, enlisted in the same company and also survived the war.