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Guide to the Union Soldier letter (II) MSS.1673

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Publication:

University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Box 870266
Tuscaloosa, Alabama, 35487-0266
205.348.0500
archives@ua.edu

June 2010

Creation:

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2010-06-21T15:09-0500

Language Usage:

English

Description Rules:

Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Collection Title:

Union soldier letter (II)

Unit ID:

MSS.1673

Repository:

University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Quantity:

0.1 Linear feet (1 letter and envelope)

Dates:

1865 December 7

Abstract:

A letter from an unknown Union soldier, possibly an African-American, to his mother, 7 December 1865.

Scope and Contents note

The collection consists of one letter from a soldier to his mother, written from "Washington City", DC (SC?), 7 December 1865. The accompanying envelope is postmarked Washington DC, 24 April, suggesting that it does not belong with the letter. The envelope is addressed to Mrs. Dicy Hicks [sic], of Jonesville, Lee County, Virginia. The letter furnishes few clues about its author, save for the fact that he was barely literate. A partially illegible closing seems to read "Company B 107 USCI," which could stand for the 107th U.S. Colored Infantry regiment. If so, then is it more likely to have been written in South Carolina than in Washington DC, as that regiment was stationed in the Department of the South following the Civil War's end. The body of the letter consists of little more than injunctions to pass the writer's greetings on to friends and family.

Processing Information:

Processed by

Donnelly Lancaster/John Beeler, 2005

Preferred Citation:

Union soldier (2) letter, W.S. Hoole Special Collections Library, University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama.

Acquisition Information:

Gift of Wade Hall, 2004

Biographical/Historical note

Union Civil War soldier, 7 December 1865.

Letter Box 6476 Folder 30

Letter from Union soldier to mother, December 7, 1865 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/20783