Lincoln, Abraham

About the Author Abraham Lincoln was born in Kentucky in 1809. During his childhood, the Lincoln family moved several times, first to Indiana and then to Illinois. In 1832, Lincoln ran unsuccessfully for elected office in the Illinois state legislature, however he won the seat two years later and was a fixture of the Whig party in the General Assembly …

Bronson, Spencer – November 5, 1865

Michigan Civil War Collection

HOPE Douglas Hospital Nov 5th/65 Dear Sister This is a cold blustering day. A day in which true comfort can be easier found inside the wall of a close room than out of doors within the blast of the kene [ ? ] wind.

Rigden, George W. – May 16, 1865

Michigan Civil War Collection Letters

Camp Granger Huntsville Ala May 16nd 1865 Respected Friend Almeda So little time has elapsed Since I received your kind letter I Should of ansered it before but we were out on Raid 7 days Marching through Swamps over Mountans and Valies We had a hard time

Blanchard, Ezra G. – May 5, 1865

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May 5th, 1865 Duvalls Bluff Ark Sister Jane i have just received and read your second letter i am not very well but wtill i do duty i was on picket the last 24 hours and just came in this morning i think i would be well but i have a diaree for the last two weeks i wrote to you as soon as i get your first letter and i got them all that was sent to Jackson

Stone, William A. – May 2, 1865

Michigan Civil War Collection Letters

May the 2, 1865 It is with great pleasur that I send you these few lines [ ? ] they will find you all well as they leave me and the rest of the boys at present. Miss Smith, you need not write to I or Edmond till you her from us again. I expect we will be moved from heer shortly but where I don’t know but they are mustering out men her now.

Burns, Robert – April 29, 1865

Michigan Civil War Collection Letters

Hd Qurs 2 Brig 2 Div Cav Corps Macon Ga. April 29, 1865 My dear Davidson By a flag of [ ? ] I am enabled again to send you a few lines. I had intended to have had a long letter ready for you but on account of laziness am, as usual, too late. I wrote you on the 23d inst, but am doubtful whether you received it.

Shafer, Marion A. – April 21, 1865

Michigan Civil War Collection Letters

Seventh Mich. Cav. Near Petersburg Va April 21st 1865 Dear People – Yesterday quite sudden – as you perhaps might have noticed – just at that time I heard them blow “pack up” We moved only about a mile – now we are right on the sub of the city.

Axtell, Julian H. – March 22, 1865

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Camp 1st Mich. V.V.I. Near Hatchers Run Va March 22nd 1865 Dear Nephew Yours of the 14th came to h[ ? ] by this nights mail. I was expecting one in reply to me I mailed you on the 12th of Feb. but from your [ ? ] I infere you never received it and your folks said a few days ago that you had not recd. a letter from me since I came back from Mich. am sorry I wrote that letter with a lead pencil while lying flat on my belly in a shelter
but it was directed with a pencil and that is the reason perhaps it was lost. In it I gave an account of our battle of Feb. 6th at Hatchers Run. On the 14th of Feb. we came into this camp but expect to move at short notice some of these fine days or more likely nights

Isham, William – February 6, 1865

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Febuary the 6 1865 Chattanooga Dear friend I take plasure in Writing to you and hope you will not be afended with me fore not writing before it is because I cant git paper stamps and so fourth as we wish we are now flying artilery all the diference there is between light artilery and flying artilery is the [ ? ] of light [ ? ] walks and flying artilery all has horses ad keep with the cavery and the other keeps with it.

Oliver, John M. – January 12, 1865

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War Department Savannah, Ga. January 12, 1865 Sir, You are hereby informed that the President of the United States has appointed your provisionally Brigadier General of Volunteers. in the service of the United States, to rank as such from the twelfth day of January, one thousand eight hundred and sixty five.

Slater, William – January 1865-July 1865

Michigan Civil War Collection

Savannah Georgia
January Sunday, 1, 1865
We laid in camp till 11 oclock
then the company went to work
and maid twenty ramers
to ram dirt for fortifications

Monday, 2.
the company went out to cut
biush for fortifications some three
miles from the citty

Shafer, Marion A. – December 24, 1864

Michigan Civil War Collection Letters

Hd Qrs 7th Mich Cav December 24th 1864 My dear folk at home. Last night came the welcome letter from home – Loraines of Dec the 17th. I was just getting to go to bed when – I heard in the clear cold night air Stew and Shafer. a letter for you.

Wallace, Lewis – December 1, 1864

Michigan Civil War Collection

Nashville, Tenn, Dec. 1, 1864 Dear cousin lib, after 63 days long and fatiguing scouting Taking the weather as it came i am again permitted for the Time to communicate with my friends in gods country. Well Cousin have had time of it for the last three weeks. There Was not barely a day but what we either had a skirmish or a Regular fight.

Ross, George A. – November 8, 1864

Michigan Civil War Collection Letters

Camp 24th Mich Vols Near Weldon RR Nov 8th 64 Col. Henry A. Morrow Dear Colonel I received my commission as Capt. about a week since and have been duly mustered and now allow me to express to you my sincere thanks for this new token of your kindness

Wasson, John – October 23, 1864

Michigan Civil War Collection Letters

In camp at 4 Mile Creek Alabama October the 23/64 Esteamed Friend your letter of the 18 of September came to hand on the 29 of that month. I received it on the march at a little town called Louis burg while we were stopped getting dinner. It was sent through by some boys that came through the regiment and overtook us there with the mail and you may be sure we glad to get it.

Fullington, George W. – October 20, 1864

Michigan Civil War Collection Letters

Camp Senter Star Ala. Oct. 20 1864 My Dear Aunt Emily Yours of the 16th is now before me + it is with great pleasure that I perused its contents and I am right glad to know that your health is so good. I am well and full of fun as usual it is Sunday and I have been hard at work

Fisher, John K. – September 16, 1864

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Head Quarters 1st Brigade 1st Division Cav Corps 4 miles north of Berryville Va Sept 16th 1864 My Dear Sisters it is with pleasure that I take my pen in hand to answer your most welcom letters one of which I recieved about a week ago and the other night before last

Wilson, Albert S. – September 15, 1864

Michigan Civil War Collection Letters

Pine Grove 4th Michigan Cav. Sept. 15th 1864 Dear Niece, Your letter date 29th is received. I hasten to reply, you was a real good firl not to reprimand me for my delinquency in writing you; Hereafter I will do better. I joined my regiment the 22nd of August. Met with no disaster en route save a thorough drenching with rain. Took passage on top of the cars for about 14 hours. I never knew it to rain harder. And to complete the picture the wind blew terribly.

Shafer, Marion A. – September 7, 1864

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Pleasant Valey M.D. Wednesday Sept 7th 1864 Dear folks at home I received “Joes” and Loraines letter mailed Aug 30th in due time and as I wrote to Mat that day I thought I would wate a day or two before I answered yours. since then we have had some severe stormy weather

Colby, Lloyd H. – September 4, 1864

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Near the Weldon Railroad September 4th 1864 Dear Cousin I now take my pen in hand to inform you that I am well I received your kind letter of the 25th and Glad was I to hear from N. H. after so long a time.

Burns, Robert – June 18, 1864

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8 or 10 miles from Marietta Ga In the woods June 18, 1864 My dear Davidson It is a rainy, cheerless, miserable day and I cannot pass a few minutes in a better manner than in writing to you. Since I wrote you on the 12th we have moved forward about three miles. On the 15th the move was made and we were again engaged in skirmishing with the rebels. In fact we are fighting nearly every day (some part of our forces). We are upon the extreme left of the army and “jam” up against the enemy. Yesterday I rode around the picket lines and the rebel [ ? ] were in plain sight and within good range. The pickets were not firing on each other as there appeared to be a tacit agreement between them to remain quiet. I went out between the lines and picked the enclosed which I sen you. When we walked out (our horses we had to leave behind) the rebel pickets moved their hats to us.

Campbell, James – November 4, 1863

Michigan Civil War Collection Letters

Camp Convelessant Virginia Nov 4th/63 Mr. & Mrs. Snook Since you heard from me last I have been plaised on the sacred soil again, and looks more gloomy & forsaken, more dessolate than ever, for while at Annapolis I was favored with the opportunity of looking out on a living cultivated world, but here all is dead or dying except soldiering, forts, cannon, rifle pits & breastworks.

Shafer, Marion A. – October 26, 1863

Michigan Civil War Collection Letters

US Hospital Washington D.C. Monday Oct 26th 63 Dear folks at home – I thought I would write a few lines this morning. The weather has been and is cold yet and what makes it seem more cold, we dont have any fire. The sun made its appearance this morning about sunrise.

Burns, Robert – July 16, 1863

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Huntsville Alabama July 16, 1863 My dear Brother, We dropped in here yesterday for a few days after diners and sunday wanderings up and down the country. How long we shall remain the military powers that he can only tell. We have been in the saddle nearly all the time since I wrote you last (July 4th).