Soldering; mail; Military camps; Military life; Guards; Wounds & injuries;
Simon Hadley makes it very clear in this letter how important it was to received letters from home. He discusses camp life and writes about the movement of the company. He also mentions an unname soldier who had two fingers shot off.
In this newsy letter to her father, Mary Ann Carleton speaks of her life in Albion, describing visitors and giving news of friends. Of special interest is a mention of a couple recovering from smallpox
Henry Carleton writes of patrolling the streets of Nashville, arresting soldiers found in houses of prostitution. He says a number of prostitutes had been shipped out of town but no one would allow them to land and they were to be returned to...
Hubert Smith writes this letter in response to a letter of Asher LeFleur. After the amputation of his leg, it is a real concern as to how Asher will be able to earn a living. Smith suggests that farming would be too hard and perhaps Asher should...
John Carleton writes to his son about the visitors to their house, including one to departed heading to Hillsdale College. Another visitor left gallons of molasses. He also discusses the his health and that of Will's mother.
Military service; Military cookery; Military mobilizations;
Frank Hampton writes this letter from Detroit where he is waiting to be shipped to Grand Rapids and thence to Nashville. He regrets not seeing Will before he left. Frank describes the conditions at the camp, noting that some items had been stolen.
In 1864, an umarried man of 29, N. W. Bassett ( Nehemiah W. Bassett) left Hudson and went south to work for the U.S. Army. He reports on camp life in Chattanooga, Tennessee. His connection to Hillsdale College is unknown and how this journal...
This letter from Lauraette LaFleur to her son Chauncey give him news of the family and comments on farming but the real purpose of the letter is to give him advise on the best way to lead a young man's life.
Olive writes the town of St. Clair has began a night patrol to watch for an invasion from Canada. Emery did not have to go to the draft as they satisfied the requirement before they reached his number. Olive is teaching school.