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

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03523.50.08 Author/Creator: Russell, E. S. (fl. 1861-1862) Place Written: Lebanon, Kentucky Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 11 February 1862 Pagination: 4 p. ; 20.2 x 25.1 cm.

Summary of Content: Informs wife that he is not well, says he has a bad cold and dysentery. Comments that he was able to march everyday carrying his gun while sick but could not carry his knapsack. The doctor had it carried in his wagon. Writes that he does not have any money to give her and informs her to send a man named Pete to Ashland, Ohio to get money. Tells her to be careful with money and to send him a list with the cost of groceries and feed. Believes that they will fight against General Simon Buckner in Bowling Green, Kentucky. 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
Buckner, Simon Bolivar, 1823-1914

Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Subjects: Medical HistoryCivil WarMilitary HistoryUnion ForcesSoldier's LetterUnion Soldier's LetterHealth and MedicalDiseaseTravelSoldier's PayFinanceAmerican FlagAgriculture and Animal HusbandryDiet and nutritionWomen's HistoryConfederate States of AmericaConfederate General or LeaderPatriotic Stationery

Sub Era: The American Civil War

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