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Harris, Edwin E., fl. 1850-1864 [Collection of Edwin E. Harris, field and staff, 8th battallion, Missouri, infantry][Decimalized .001-.228]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03135.10 Author/Creator: Harris, Edwin E., fl. 1850-1864 Place Written: Various Places Type: Header Record Date: 1801-1879 Pagination: 228 items Order a Copy

Letters primarily belonging to Edwin E. Harris dated 1801-1879. Consists of approximately 228 letters sent between Harris and his wife, Margaret Harris and other family members while serving in the 8th Battallion, Missouri Infantry. Contains personal and war correspondence sent to various recipients. War correspondence relates to Harris's service as a surgeon. Personal correspondence was primarily sent to his wife. Harris's writing closes in 1864 when news of his death is sent to his wife. Documents dated after his death are related to the process of receiving benefits. Also included in the collection are letters that Margaret Harris received from her nephews Samuel W. Ritchey and Tom Johnson, who also were serving in the war.

GLC03135.10 #7 is a Valentine's Day poem to his wife, dated 1856.

Adams, Leo T., fl. 1863
Bass, N.W., fl. 1879
Boon, William C., fl. 1863
Carter, fl. 1863
Carter, William F., fl. 1865
Cox, Dan, fl. 1856
Cox, P.M., fl. 1857-1865
Drake, Emma, fl. 1863
Harris, Agnes, fl. 1861-1865
Harris, Bettie, fl. 1861-1865
Harris, Edwin E., fl. 1850-1864
Harris, Margaret, fl. 1850-1865
Harris, Sallie, fl. 1861-1865
James, Allie, fl. 1863
Johnson, Mortimer, fl. 1856-1861
Johnson, Tom, fl. 1862-1864
Johnson, Waldo Porter, 1817-1885
Kirby, Jno. M., fl. 1864
Lewes, A., fl. 1801
Lilley, T. B., fl. 1865
Lindsay, Joe, fl. 1864-1865
McClanahan, Elijah, fl. 1801-1856
McCulloch, Mary, fl. 1866
Pearson, Edward, fl. 1863
Pendleton, S.H., fl. 1863
Perrie, John, fl. 1863-1864
Randall, Alonzo, fl. 1863
Ritchey, Samuel W., fl. 1862-1865
Robinson, G. S., fl. 1851
S., Lee, fl. 1863
Scott, Joseph, fl. 1863
Smith, J.C., fl. 1850
Sutherland, Samuel H., fl. 1863-1865
Tip, fl. 1865
Walas, Jed, fl. 1863
Wamsley, Mollie, fl. 1863
Welkins, J.C., fl. 1854
Welshan, C.A., fl. 1863
Yandell, fl. 1864
Yeater, Sallie, fl. 1863
Lindsy, Joe, fl. 1864-1865
Musser, D.H., fl. 1861-1865
Nooth, Y.D., fl. 1864
Sale, Mary, fl. 1864

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