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  • Aldrich, Charissa. Correspondence, 1869, from US. Treasury Dept. re: payment due her dead brother, Capt. George Hutchins of Company D, 12th Michigan Infantry. Bio: Hutchins enlisted at Hudson (MI) on Nov. 14, 1861 at age 42; re-enlisted on Dec. 28, 1863; fought at Shiloh (TN) on April 6, 1862, and died at Cincinnati (Ohio) on July 1, 1862. No info. on Charissa.

 

  • 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.

 

  • Cleaveland, Fitch W. Correspondence, 1862, 1866. 1 folder. Correspondence (photocopies), 1862-1866, between Ohio Civil War soldier Cleaveland and his future wife, Ellen L. Brisbee, in Wood County (Ohio). One letter from him while stationed in Louisville (Ky.) to Brisbee, dated Sept. 30, 1862, describes the shooting of Gen. Nelson by Jefferson Davis and news of Cleaveland's unit (which is unspecified). Bio: Cleaveland served in an unknown Ohio unit during the Civil War. In 1865, Cleaveland moved to Isabella County (MI). He later returned to Wood County (Ohio) to marry Ellen L. Brisbee in Nov. 1866. They then moved to Isabella County (MI).

 

  • Crury, O.S. Letters, 1864 Mar. 2 items. Letters to wife and children describing the daily routine, negroes enlisting, a description of the area around Chattanooga, TN, and local women. Bio: Union soldier in the Civil War.

 

  • Currie, George E. Papers, 1861, 1960. 3 folders. Papers include: typed transcriptions of 12 of Currie's Civil War letters, Dec. 20, 1861-Aug. 17, 1864, from his service in the Federal Mississippi Ram Fleet and the Mississippi Marine Brigade. His letters discuss the fleet; various battles; the suffering of the wounded; marches; the death of Col. Charles Ellet (June 20, 1862); various towns and barracks; his black servant, Bill; southern blacks (Nov. 28, 1862); composition of the brigade; grounds of Benton barracks; black boathands (June 30, 1863); U.S. Colored Troops (July 6, 1864); the wounded on board, including civilians and women; and the nursing of federal troops by Southern women (Aug. 16, 1864). There is a 1960 typed draft of "Guerrilla warfare along western waters: being chiefly the experiences of George E. Currie in the Mississippi Ram Fleet and Marine Brigade, 1861-1864" by Norman E. Clarke, Sr. See also, the book, "Warfare along the Mississippi." Lastly, there is a 497 page volume of typed letters, Sept. 10, 1863-July 6, 1864, describing the Battle of Pea Ridge (Ark.) and being on the U.S. Steamers Diana and Ram Dingo. Bio: Currie was a Capt. in the 59th Illinois Volunteers, Co. F, and joined the Federal Mississippi Ram Fleet in Dec. 1891. He served as commander of the U.S. Steamers Diana and D. J. Adams.

 

  • Curtiss, Charles H., 1837- Papers, 1854, 1926. 1.5 cubic ft. (in 3 boxes), IL Papers, 1854-1926, include: four diaries, 1860-1864, and letters discussing marches, battles, Gen McClellan, Gen. Hooker, the treatment of soldiers, and cadets shot for desertion. Eleven muster rolls of Co. E, 7th Michigan Infantry, 1861-1863, and nine monthly returns, 1862- 1863, are housed separately due to their size. Lists of military supplies and men killed in action are noted in the 1864 diary. Photographs of Curtiss and one of his wife, Fannie, in an 1855 New Testament, and an illustration of their homestead are also included. Bio: Charles Henry Curtiss, also spelled Curtis, was born in 1837 in Huntington (Shelton, Conn.). He moved to Detroit (MI) in 1855. He served as Quartermaster Sergeant of the 7th Infantry, beginning in 1861. He was commission as a 2nd Lt. in Jan. 1863 and as a 1st Lt. in Feb. 1863. By Aug. 1863 he was Aide-de-camp to Col. Carrol. He was commissioned as a Captain in March 1864. In June 1864, he was honorably discharged. Finding aid and item-level index cards available.

 

  • Edmonds, S. Emma E. (Seelye) (Sarah Emma Evelyn), 1841-1898. Papers, 1885-1897. Seven letters to R. H. Halsted about her membership and participation in the G.A.R., efforts to get increased pension due to being injured while delivering mail during the Civil War under the name of Franklin Thompson, photograph, newspaper clippings. Bio: Edmonds was bron in New Brunswick, Canada. She enlisted in 2nd Michigan Volunteers and fought in the Civil War as a man named Frank(lin) Thompson.

 

  • 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.

 

  • Eunice, c Mother. Letter, 1863 Jan. 15. 1 item (4 pages). Letter written to Lydia of Climax, MI, which discusses Eunice's sons in the war and her attitude toward it.

 

  • Frank. Correspondence, 1861. 1 folder. A four-page letter addressed to "dear friend Minna," dated Oct. 4, 1861, which gives a detailed account of encounters with Confederate troops and cavalry, and aspects of soldiers' lives. Frank mentions that two regiments from Winchester (Va.) reached Reamney (sp?). He also mentions Joe and Minna's parents. The letter was written from Newcreek, Hampshire County (WV) by Frank, a Union soldier.

 

  • Hampton-Stark Family, 1816, 1992. 4 boxes, 1 Oversized folder (Approx. 4 cubic ft.), IL Family Papers, 1816, 1853-1958, 1992, and undated. There are Civil War diaries and documents of Charles Gardiner Hampton who fought at Bull Run, Middleburg, and Gettysburg, and was captured and imprisoned in Libby Prison. Emma Stark-Hampton's papers describe her work in the Woman's Relief Corps of the Civil War. Milo Stark's Civil War diary and oversized muster rolls, pay rolls, ordnance, and stores receipts and reports are also included. Bio: The Starks and Hamptons lived in Brockport (NY) and Detroit (MI). Charles G. Hampton (1842-1917) married Emma Stark in 1868. He was a member of Company H, 8th New York Cavalry and Company D, 15th New York Cavalry during the Civil War. Emma (1843-1925) was the first president of the Fairbanks Post, Woman's Relief Corps (WRC) in Detroit, the first president of the Dept. of Michigan WRC, and in 1887, she became the sixth national president of the WRC. Milo served in the 140th New York Infantry, Company A, rising to the rank of Major before he was killed in 1864. Charles G. Hampton also wrote a book about Michigan at the Battle of Vicksburg. Finding aid available.

 

  • Hinds, Henry Harrison (1840- ) Papers, 1871-1906. Includes Woman's Relief Corps papers, 1890-1896, of his wife, Mary Sherwood Hinds, and daughters, Alma and Edna of Stanton (MI).

 

  • Hitchcock, E. E. Correspondence, 1862. 1 folder. Letter (photostat) sent from Washington (D.C.) to "dear sister," dated Oct. 20, 1862, and the typescript. The letter describes his life as a soldier, winter quarters, conditions near battlefields, and stories about blacks. Mentions Martha Hazerd at home; Dwight James, the sister's sweetheart; and a man named Tower in the Maryland (Infantry?), 7th Regiment. Bio: Notes added to the transcript state that Hitchcock, a Union soldier, was killed near the Potomac River. Dwight James survived to marry Hitchock's sister.

 

  • Howard, Worthington, d.1862. Papers, 1861, 1930. 1 folder, IL Papers, 1861-1930, include tintype and obituary of his sister, Sarah A. Howard Fuller (1842-1930). Most of the collection is letters from the Military Hospital at Fort Lyon (Va.) addressed to "Dear Sister Sarah," which describe family news, religion, that the war will be short, Howard's illness, and debt. There is also a letter from brother Frank Good to Sarah. Also included is a photocopied brief service history of Howard. Bio: Howard, a resident of Shiawassee County (MI), served in the Michigan Infantry, 5th Regiment, Company H. He attained the rank of Sergeant. In 1862, he died of disease in the Military Hospital at Fort Lyon (Vir.). His sister Sarah A. Howard married Calvin M. Fuller at age 21 and they had six children. She was a pioneer of Antrim Township (MI) She died in 1930.

 

  • Hulbert, Edward J. Family Correspondence, 1861, 1863. 1 folder. Family correspondence to Civil War soldier Hez Hulbert from brothers Ed(ward) J. and Charles Hulbert, and their mother, with news of family and Grand Rapids (MI). Bio: Ed Hulbert was in music school in Grand Rapids (MI) from 1861 to 1863.

 

  • Kellogg, J. W. Correspondence, 1862. 1 folder. A three-page letter, dated May 20, 1862, addressed to Carrie M. Clark and mailed from Kent County (Va.), describing the tedium of being a soldier and begging her to respond.

 

  • Ladies Army Committee (Detroit, MI) Circular, 1863, appealing for aid and cooperation for the spiritual and temporal good of the soldiers.

 

  • Le Conte, John Lawrence, 1825-1883. Family Correspondence, 1860, 1866. 1 folder. Four photocopied letters from and to Le Conte and his cousin, Mathilda (Tillie) Harden, later the wife of Sumner Stevens, in Macon (Ga.). Letters discuss politics, slaves, freedmen, economics of Southern life, and North versus South. There is also a copy of Le Conte's biography. Bio: Le Conte (1825-1883) was recognized at home and abroad as the greatest entomologist that America ever produced. He was married to Helen. His cousin, Mathilda Harden, married Sumner Stevens and lived in Macon (Ga.).

 

  • Lee, Elnora Fay. Emmet County (MI) History Papers, 1969, 1987. .5 cubic ft. (in 1 box). Papers written by Lee between 1969 and 1987 about various aspects of Emmet County including Petoskey's Civil War Cannon and other local history, ca. 1875-1950. Bio: Lee wrote a book entitled "A Century of Bliss," a copy of which is in the Clarke Historical Library.

 

  • McDonald, George, 1842-1865. Correspondence, 1864. Letter and envelope, dated Aug. 11, 1864, addressed to Mrs. Nancie Rowland, Howell (Livingston County, MI) and "Dear sister and brother" from McDonald in Headquarters Dept. of Cumberland near Atlanta (Ga.), camp of the 6th Michigan Veteran Infantry. The letter notes that McDonald is alive and well, that he received letters from family, that he hopes God will save him, the war may continue for a long time, he hates war, and many Rebels were forced into service by the attitude of Southern women. Bio: McDonald enlisted in Co. F, 6th Michigan Infantry in March 1864 in Charlotte (Eaton County, MI) at the age of 22. He was mustered in April 1864 and transferred to Co. H in May 1864. He died of disease at Fort Gaines (Ala.) on June 10, 1865 and is buried in the National Cemetery at Mobile (Ala.), Grave No. 602.

 

  • Powers, Ella Viola, 1893-1969? Papers, 1874-1969, includes lists of local men who served in the Civil War, records of local Women's Relief Corps No. 56. Bio: School teacher at Ganiard Elementary School, Mount Pleasant (MI). Partial inventory.

 

  • Rix, Hiram, Jr., 1844- Papers, 1863, 1867. 1 v. (in 1 folder), IL 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)

 

  • Sedgewick, M. Angie. Collection, 1862, 1863, 1897, includes letter about home from Angie to her husband, unnamed, serving in Company A, 10th Illinois Cavalry.

 

  • Warden, Selina. Papers, 1856-1869. Includes letters, 1862-1865, from her brother, Benjamin Clark, who served in Company H, 1st Michigan Cavalry. Brief inventory.

 

  • Woman's Relief Corps. Dept. of Detroit. G. K. Warren Corps No. 170. Reports, 1920-1921, of Corps Treasurer, Bertha Westfall.

 

  • Woodworth, Ellen. Letterbook of Civil War letters of Samuel and Ellen Woodworth, Sept. 24, 1863-Dec. 27, 1864 (Original and transcripts). Letters are mostly from Ellen about family and homelife. Bio: Samuel enlisted in Company M, 1st Michigan Engineers and Mechanics on Sept. 22, 1863 at Coe at age 31. He was mustered on Oct. 7, 1863. He served as an artificer. He was discharged at Nashville (TN) on May 17, 1865.

 

  • Young, Charles B., 1829-1864. Correspondence, 1864, 1865. 1 folder. Correspondence from Young, includes: a letter to "Dear Father, Wife and Children," dated October 30, 1864, in Chattanooga (TN), describing a lack of tents and equipment; eating hardtack; traveling from Jackson (MI) to Indianapolis (Ind.), Louisville (Ky.), and Nashville (TN); men in his unit from Gratiot and Shiawassee Counties, and lots of Confederate prisoners of war. Letter "No. 2" from Nashville (TN), dated Nov. 8, 1864, describes a trip to Atlanta (Ga.) from Chattanooga (TN), burnt locomotives, devastated country, hopes that the war will end, and Young asks his wife to kiss his children daily. A note from Young in Nashville (TN), dated Dec. 7, 1864, describes good food, a skirmish, signs of campfires, many sick, and that all but two of his tentmates are hospitalized. His last letter to "Dear Family," dated Dec. 22, 1864, notes that his comrades drove Rebels father back, captured troops and artillery, were on night maneuvers, the battlefields were covered with dead and wounded soldiers, rain soaked supplies, and that he has been sick. The last letter is from John S. Young, Charles' brother, to "Dear Father," dated Feb. 28, 1865, and notes that he received Father's letter about Charles' death, his sorrow for Charles' wife (Elmira) and children, and that he will try to send money and get Charles' back pay. There is also a photocopy of Charles' service record. Bio: Charles Young enlisted in Company I, 23rd Michigan Infantry in Coe Township (Isabella County, MI) in 1864, at age 35. He was mustered on Sept. 22, 1864 and joined the regiment on Nov. 12, 1865. He died of disease in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 10, 1865, and was buried at the National Cemetery in Arlington (Va.).

 

  • Young, Nathan H., 1843-1863. Correspondence, 1861. One letter, from Young at Camp Bennett (sp?) to his "Dear Mother," dated Dec. 15, 1861, expresing concern over his father's enlistment and describing the lack of equipment, his pay, expenses, and the weather. There is also a photocopy of his service record. Bio: Young, from Kalamazoo County (MI), enlisted in Company F, 3rd Michigan Cavalry, on Sept. 10, 1861, at age 18. He was mustered on October 12, 1861. On April 14, 1863, he died of disease at Lexington (Ky.) and was buried at the National Cemetery at Corinth (MS), Grave No. 2375.