Letters, 1861-1863

Sackett Family

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approximately 50 items.
Arranged chronologically.
Edwin's letters give a description of Benton Barracks and the troops there. His letters home discuss camp life, the other soldiers from Kane County, and give numerous instructions to his son Martin on farm and business matters. Discusses the battle at Pittsburg's Landing. John's letters give many stories about camp life, the soldiers, especially those from Kane County, interactions with "secesh" and various skirmishes. Discusses some problems with officers, Isaac Buck the quartermaster who was accused of stealing army property and Colonel Greunsel who was arrested, returned to command and resigned in 1862. Discusses the battles at Pea Ridge, Murfreesboro and the battle at Nashville where he was wounded. His last letter tells of his wound and being taken by the Confederates and then returned to the Union. Also includes Edwin's diary, 1861-1862, brief accounts of day to day activity. Continues after he returns home and mostly tells of farm work.
Father and son from Plato, Kane County, Illinois who served in the Civil War, the father, Edwin in the 52nd Illinois Infantry and John H. in the 36th Illinois Infantry. Edwin was at Benton Barracks, St. Louis and St. Joseph, Mo., and Pittsburg Landing. He suffered pain in his hip, eventually developed severe diarrhea and was discharged in May 1862. John was at Pea Ridge, Iuka and Murfreesboro. He was wounded at Nashville in December 1862 and died from his wounds in February 1863.
Sackett Family Letters, Illinois State Historical Library.

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