1862: William Bemis Alexander to Mary F (Atwood) Alexander

This letter was written by William Bemis Alexander (1832-1900), the son of Samuel T. Alexander (1780-1871) and Deborah Paty (1785-1853). of Plymouth, Massachusetts. He served as a lieutenant in Co. B, 3rd Massachusetts Volunteers at the beginning of the Civil War, but returned home to recruit a company for the 23rd Massachusetts Volunteers and was named… Read More 1862: William Bemis Alexander to Mary F (Atwood) Alexander

1862-65: Thomas Conley to Kate (Conley) Gabriel

These letters written by Thomas Conley (b. @1830) who enlisted in Co. B, 33rd Ohio Volunteer Infantry (OVI). He enlisted in 1862 and served for the duration of the war. Thomas wrote all six letters to his sister Catherine (“Kate”) Conley (1834-Aft1880) who married Joel C. Grabriel (1830-1891) in March 1861 in Brown county, Ohio.… Read More 1862-65: Thomas Conley to Kate (Conley) Gabriel

1861-63: William Bird to Thomas J. Rice

This letter was written by William Bird (1807-1874), a native of Cardinganshire, South Wales, who married Elizabeth Roderick (1807-1893) in 1833 and came to Wisconsin in 1843 with his family. In 1850, the family resided in Ottawa, Waukesha county, Wisconsin,  where William was a farmer. William mentions two of his sons entering the Wisconsin Volunteers… Read More 1861-63: William Bird to Thomas J. Rice

1865: Unidentified “Sallie” to Cousin Abby

When General William T. Sherman’s army captured Savannah, Georgia, on December 21, 1864, he was able to connect with Union naval forces operating on the south Atlantic coast and receive the supplies his army desperately needed after marching through Georgia. Resupplied, and following a month’s rest, Sherman then turned north through the Carolinas to link… Read More 1865: Unidentified “Sallie” to Cousin Abby