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H. Johnson Civil War correspondence

 Collection — document-box: Civil War 1, Folder: 11, Folder: 1
Identifier: 2015-004-w-r

Content Description

This collection contains one letter written by H. Johnson to his wife, Mary Johnson. Johnson was a soldier from Iowa who served near Vicksburg, Mississippi. Johnson writes home to his wife Mary and describes the miserable conditions of his camp and military hospitals. He writes, "A soldier that gets killed in battle is lucky to the sick one that goes to the Hospital. I think the Hospital one of the most miserable places this side of hell."

He also states "We are now before Vicksburg again. Expecting a battle daily. The Rebels have a powerful army and are well fortified in Vicksburg." It is not clear if he participated in the Siege of Vicksburg, but the letter was written in 1863 so it is possible.

Johnson describes his feelings of despair and hopelessness that he will survive the war: "I have all along until now lived in hopes of seeing you again but I have now given all hopes up. I think it will be an accident if I ever see home again."


  • 1863

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

There are no restrictions on the use of this material except where previously copyrighted material is concerned. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain all permissions. For further copyright information, please contact the archivist.


0.025 Linear Feet (1 folder) : Letter has small holes in it.

Language of Materials



This collection contains one letter written by H. Johnson (rank unknown) to his wife Mary Johnson during the Civil War.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of S.K. Thele. Legacy collection from Andrew Carroll.
Finding Aid for the H. Johnson Civil War correspondence
Lauren Menges
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Repository Details

Part of the Center for American War Letters Archives Repository

Leatherby Libraries
Chapman University
Orange CA 92866 United States