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Kessler, Thomas J. (fl. 1843-1868) to Elizabeth N. Kessler

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03523.52.30 Author/Creator: Kessler, Thomas J. (fl. 1843-1868) Place Written: Chicago, Illinois Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 18 January 1864 Pagination: 4 p. : envelope ; 20.3 x 25.3 cm.

Summary of Content: Writes to his sister from Camp Douglas. Complains about not receiving any letters from home. Requests she begin making him a red quilt. Informs her he was unable to get a furlough. Provides her with a list of items to send him. The letter has a watermark on the top left hand corner. A small fragment of paper is included.

Background Information: Thomas J. Kessler enlisted as a private on 29 June 1863 at Edwardsburg, Michigan. On 8 July 1863 he mustered into "G" Co. Michigan 1st SharpShooters. He was mustered out on 28 July 1865 at Delaney ...House, Washington, D.C. See More

People: Kessler, Thomas J., fl. 1843-1868
Kessler, Elizabeth N., fl. 1863

Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Subjects: Civil WarMilitary HistoryUnion ForcesSoldier's LetterUnion Soldier's LetterChildren and FamilyHome FurnishingsTextileWomen's HistoryArtisans

Sub Era: The American Civil War

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