acumen 3.0ɑ
W. S. Hoole Special Collections Library Manuscript Collections

Guide to the Peter H. Wotring Letter MSS.2166


Finding aid prepared by Jamie Burke


University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Box 870266
Tuscaloosa, Alabama, 35487-0266

March 2014


This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2014-03-20T14:48-0500

Language Usage:


Description Rules:

Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Collection Title:

Peter H. Wotring Letter

Unit ID:



University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama


0.1 linear foot (1 Letter)




One letter written by a Civil War Union soldier in Pilot Knob, Missouri, discussing military engagements and camp life and inquiring about news from home.


Wotring, Peter H.

Scope and Contents note

Letter from a Civil War Union soldier stationed in Pilot Knob, Missouri, to Daniel Spangler, a friend from home. He discussed the current activities of his regiment in the war and camp life and inquires about people at home.

Processing Information:

Processing Information note

Processed by Allison Winston, 2008

Preferred Citation:

Peter H. Wotring Letter, W.S. Hoole Special Collections Library, The University of Alabama.

Biographical/Historical note

Union Private of the 58th Regiment Ohio Volunteer Army under Captain G.M. Morrison. The 58th Ohio was organized at Camp Chase in Pickaway County, Ohio the fall of 1861 in response to President Lincoln's call for 300,000 men. The regiment participated in the investment and capture of Fort Donelson (February 1862), the Battle of Shiloh (April 1862), and a number of reconnaissance missions down the Mississippi before it was sent to on an expedition to Pilot Knob Missouri (1862 October 6-November 12). It proceeded to participate in Sherman's Yazoo Expedition (1862 November-1863 January) and the Siege of Vicksburg (1863 May-July).The regiment performed provost duty at Vicksburg until December 24, 1864, and was then ordered to Columbus, where it was mustered out on January 14, 1865.


Cleaf, Aaron R. "Chapter XXIII: Military History of the County." Van. History of Pickaway County, Ohio and Representative Citizen. Chicago, Illinois: Biographical Publishing Co., 1906. Viewed electronically at: Heritage Pursuit: The Place for Historians and Geneologists. (accessed November 13, 2008).

"Union Regimental Histories." Civil War Archive. December 19, 1999. (accessed November 13, 2008).

Acquisition Information:

Gift of Wade Hall, 2008


Hall, Wade H. (Library_of_Congress_Name_Authority_File)

Civil War (localbroad)

United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865 (lcsh)

Peter H. Wotring Letter Box SC 0009 Folder 2166