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“Harry” Civil War Letter

Identifier: RH-A-3353

Scope and Contents

Harry goes into great detail about the pursuit of John Hunt Morgan and his Confederate soldiers who raided Ohio during June and July of 1863. By the time he writes the letter Morgan has been captured by Union troops but he does give information about what his unit did in chasing Morgan and his men. Also mentions General Shackelford and the Battle of Salienville. It is very difficult, without further information, to identify the soldier of this letter. Some searching was done looking at Ohio and Kentucky Infantry Units but no clear identification was reached.


  • Creation: 1863-08


.05 Cubic Feet

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Physical Description

The letter amounts to .05 cubic feet and is 9” x 11” unfolded. It is written with pencil on white paper. The handwriting is still legible. The paper is yellowed near the crease marks. Every bit of space on the paper has been used.


This letter had been purchased with funds from the Starring Endowment.

“Harry” Civil War Letter Finding Aid
Lynn Houghton
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Repository Details

Part of the Western Michigan University Archives & Regional History Collections Repository

Charles C. and Lynn L. Zhang Legacy Collections Center
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