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Wheeler, Lysander (fl. 1837-1903) to his parents, [brother-in-law], and sister

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC07460.034 Author/Creator: Wheeler, Lysander (fl. 1837-1903) Place Written: Signal Hill, Tennessee Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 6 June 1863 Pagination: 4 p. : envelope ; 20 x 25 cm.

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC07460.034 Author/Creator: Wheeler, Lysander (fl. 1837-1903) Place Written: Signal Hill, Tennessee Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 6 June 1863 Pagination: 4 p. : envelope ; 20 x 25 cm.

Summary of Content: Wheeler writes that the colonel has ordered new 10x12 foot loghouses be built on the sight to accomodate eight men per building. He is fond of the area and wishes to stay there longer. Explains to his family why he is at Signal Hill and gives specific details about the telegraphing activites that go on there. Reports that there was fighting at Franklin two to three days ago and canonading could be heard throughout the whole battle. He also reports that Union forces have taken five hundred prisoners. Discusses the hanging of an old negro man who was aiding rebels in catching Union soldiers.

Background Information: Lysander Wheeler, a farmer from Sycamore, Illinois, enlisted in the Union Army on August 7, 1862 as a private. He was mustered into Company C of the 105th Illinois infantry and later ...promoted to sergeant. Wheeler was mustered out on June 7, 1865.See More

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Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Subjects: Civil WarMilitary HistoryUnion Soldier's LetterUnion ForcesSoldier's LetterConfederate States of AmericaPrisoner of WarDeath PenaltyAfrican American HistoryMilitary CampConstructionTelegraphBattle of FranklinBattleArtillery

Sub Era: The American Civil War

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