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Russell, E. S. (fl. 1861-1862) to Hannah E. Russell

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03523.50.06 Author/Creator: Russell, E. S. (fl. 1861-1862) Place Written: Somerset, Kentucky Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 27 January 1862 Pagination: 3 p. ; 20.1 x 24.9 cm.

Summary of Content: Writes to wife from camp outside of Somerset, Kentucky. Admonishes wife for making fun of his living conditions. Informs her that their living conditions have not improved and that they are upon hard times. Describes having to march on three crackers per day and two different times they had to march on only a cup of coffee without cream, bread, meat or anything else. They had to lay on the cold ground with only a single blanket. Another time they went eight to ten days living off coffee and half cooked mush. Discusses a battle that they fought in Somerset, Kentucky. Writes that Union men won the battle and took 1400 horses. Written on paper with an image of the American flag and the logo, "PROTECT IT."

Background Information: E. S. Russell enlisted as a private on 1 November 1861. He mustered into "G" Co. OH 65th Infantry. He died of disease on 8 May 1862 at Louisville, Kentucky.

People: Russell, E. S., fl. 1861-1862
Russell, Hannah E., fl. 1861-1865

Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Subjects: Civil WarMilitary HistoryUnion ForcesSoldier's LetterUnion Soldier's LetterMilitary CampMilitary ProvisionsDiet and nutritionBattleTransportationAmerican FlagPatriotic Stationery

Sub Era: The American Civil War

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