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"Unknown serviceman" Civil War correspondence

 Collection — document-box: Civil War 1, Folder: 23
Identifier: 2017-589-w-r

Content Description

This collection contains one correspondence written by an unknown serviceman to his wife during the Civil War. The serviceman did not mention if he fought for the Union Army or Confederate Army. However, the stationary used has a picture of Union Army Major General John Pope as a letterhead. The donor, Donald O. Kerschner, suggests that the author of the letter is an ancestor of Martha Chrisman Kerschner, a woman who was married to the donor's father. The letter was found in her belongings after she passed away. In the letter, the serviceman assures his wife that he is well, apologizes for not writing her sooner, informs her that fellow soldiers and friends of his had been wounded or killed in battle, and tells her a recent influx of enemy troops has them completely surrounded.

Dates

  • 1862 May 29

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.

Extent

.025 Linear Feet (1 folder)

Language of Materials

English

Overview

This collection contains one correspondence written by an unknown serviceman to his wife during the Civil War.

Arrangement

This collection is arranged by material type, author, and date.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Donald O. Kerschner.

Legal Status

Chapman does not hold the IP rights to this collection.
Title
Finding Aid for the Unknown Serviceman Civil War correspondence
Status
Under Revision
Author
Lee Feldman
Date
1/10/2018
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Undetermined
Script of description
Code for undetermined script

Repository Details

Part of the Center for American War Letters Archives Repository

Contact:
Leatherby Libraries
Chapman University
Orange CA 92866 United States