“I Take Up My Pen” - Complete Transcripts from the Exhibition

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Click on each of the links below for complete transcripts of Civil War soldiers’ letters from the Gilder Lehrman Collection displayed or excerpted in the exhibition “I Take Up My Pen”: Letters from the War at the Museum and Visitor Center at the Gettysburg National Military Park.

INTRODUCTION: “Civil War Correspondence,” by Robert E. Bonner

CONFEDERATE LETTERS

WILLIAM CLEGG of Louisiana, a Confederate soldier in the 2nd Louisiana Infantry, diary entry from July 4, 1861 (GLC03133)

A.D. CLIFTON of Mississippi, a Confederate officer in the 6th Mississippi Cavalry, to his family, June 23, 1864 (GLC03135.09.05)

GUSTAVE COOK of Texas, a Confederate private and later colonel in the 8th Texas Cavalry, to his wife, Eliza Cook
—October 28, 1861, written from Bowling Green, Ky. (GLC02570.09)
March 22, 1862 written from Decatur, Ala. (GLC02570.23)
February 17, 1863 written from Lewisburg, Tenn. (GLC02570.39)

CHRISTIAN M. EPPERLY of Virginia, a Confederate private in the 54th Virginia Artillery, to his wife, Mary Epperly
July 27, 1862, written from Hanover Court House, Va. (GLC02715.023)
August 19, 1863, written from Bells Bridge, Tenn. (GLC02715.067
May 8, 1864, written from Stone Mountain, Ga. (GLC02715.091)

MARY EPPERLY of Floyd County, Va., to her husband, Christian M. Epperly, a Confederate private in the 54th Virginia Artillery, August 21, 1863 (GLC02715.070)

CHARLES HUTSON of South Carolina, a Confederate soldier in the 1st South Carolina Infantry, writing from Chambersburg, Pa., to his mother, Sarah McLeod, June 28, 1863 (GLC08165.56)

MAXINE JONES of Cornersville, TN, to her husband Alfred Jones, a surgeon with the 17th Tennessee Infantry, December 31, 1862 (GLC03135.13.043)

J. P. NUGENT of Louisiana, a Confederate private in the 16th Louisiana Volunteers, writing from Alissonia, Tenn., to his mother, Ann L. Nugent, November 18, 1862 (GLC03135.01.05)

JEREMIAH M. TATE of Alabama, a Confederate private in the 5th Alabama Infantry, writing from Orange Court House, Va., to his sister, Mary, September 12, 1863 (GL02082.42)

EDWARD WARD of Tennessee, a Confederate officer in the Shelby Grays, a company of the 4th Tennessee Infantry, to his sister Elmira Ward
June 14, 1862, written from Tupelo, Miss. (GLC02232.07)
July 11, 1862 written from Tupelo, Miss. (GLC02232.09)
January 12, 1863 written from Shelbyville, Tennessee (GLC02232.12)

UNION LETTERS

DOLPHUS DAMUTH of Wisconsin, a Union sergeant in the 29th Wisconsin Infantry, writing from Helena, Ark., to his brother John Damuth, March 17, 1863 (GLC03523.14.16)

THOMAS DONAHUE of New York, a Union soldier in the 1st New York Light Artillery (Pettit’s Battery), writing from Warrentown, Va., to Almira Winchell in Onondaga, New York, October 29, 1863 (GLC04706.04)

JOHN P. JONES of Illinois, a Union lieutenant in the 45th Illinois Infantry, writing from Jackson, Tenn., to his wife, October 3, 1862 (GLC05981.09)

JOSEPH JONES of Illinois, a Union private in the 79th Illinois Infantry, to his wife, Nancy E. Jones
September 7, 1862, written from Louisville, Ky. (GLC02739.011)
February 11, 1863, written from Murfreesboro, Tenn. (GLC02739.34)
August 7, 1863, written from Tullahoma, Tenn. (GLC02739.064)
November 10, 1863, written from Chattanooga, Tenn. (GLC02739.084)
June 5, 1864 written from Dallas, Tenn. (GLC02739.118)

CHARLES C. MOREY of Vermont, a Union captain in the 2nd Vermont Infantry
January 12, 1863, written from Belle Plain Landing, Va., to his sister, Mamie (GLC03523.18.03)
June 19, 1864, written from Petersburg, Va., to his parents (GLC03523.18.14)
March 31, 1865, written from Patricks Station, Va., to his mother (GLC03523.18.55)

DAVID SMITH of New Jersey, a Union private in the 12th New Jersey Infantry, to his wife, Elizabeth Smith
July 10, 1863, written from Sharpsburg, Md. (GLC04189.49
August 8, 1863, written from Bristow Station, Va. (GLC04189.52)

GEORGE TILLOTSON of New York, a Union corporal and later a sergeant in the 89th New York Infantry, to his wife, Anne Elizabeth June Tillotson
May 22, 1862, written from Roanoke Island, NC, (GLC04558.015)
June 2, 1862, written from Roanoke Island, NC (GLC04558.026
July 19, 1862, written from Roanoke Island, NC (GLC04558.032)
September 24, 1862, written from Harpers Ferry, WV (GLC04558.044)
October 24, 1862, written from Pleasant Valley, Md. (GLC4558.050)
January 1, 1863, written from Fredericksburg, Va. (GLC04558.060)
October 11, 1863, written from Folly Island, SC (GLC04558.118)
June 6, 1864, written from Cold Harbor, Va. (GLC04558.138)
August 11, 1864, written from Petersburg, Va. (GLC04558.154.01)

GEORGIANA “DOLLIE” TILLOTSON of Greeneville, NY, to her father, George Tillotson, a Union soldier in the 89th New York Infantry, July 31, 1864 (GLC04558.154.02)

BELLE WHARTON of Kingston, Ohio, to her fiancé, Joseph Maitland, a Union private in the 95th Ohio Infantry, March 9, 1865 (GLC03523.10.167)

LYSANDER WHEELER of Illinois, a Union private and later a sergeant in the 105th Illinois Infantry, to his family
October 5, 1862, written from Shelbyville, Tenn. (GLC07460.002)
March 29, 1865, written from Goldsboro, NC (GLC07460.117)

FREDERICK W. WILKINSON of Michigan, a Union lieutenant in the 2nd Michigan Infantry, writing from Alexandria, Va., to his wife, Amanda Wilkinson, November 16, 1861 (GLC03523.13.024)