Papers, 1882-1916

Gessner, Gustavus A.,. 1844-1916


1.25 linear ft.
Correspondence (1882) from Civil War veterans of the 72nd and 95th Ohio Volunteer and 4th Iowa Cavalry regiments recalling the battle of Brice's Crossroads and the behavior of Gen. Samuel Sturgis that day and his failure as a commander, written in response and opposition to the appointment of Sturgis as superintendent of the Soldiers' Home in Washington, D.C., as well as printed material relating to the battle; speeches and other materials pertaining to life in a prisoner of war camp, particularly Andersonville, memoir (1906) by Gotthilf Eberhard on the 72nd Ohio Volunteers at the Battle of Shiloh, and reunions of the 72nd after the war; Gessner's prescription book (1864 Apr. 10-Oct. 8), later used as a personal journal; general correspondence dealing with Gessner's appointment as Fremont's postmaster, his activities in the Republican Party, postal matters, and the affairs of fraternal organizations to which he belonged; and correspondence with family members, household bills, and newspaper clippings concerning local people and events -- Also includes Civil War correspondence of Dorr Lawton, 18th New York Cavalry.
Civil War soldier, prisoner at Andersonville and other prisons, physician, pharmacist, and postmaster, of Fremont, Ohio; worked for a while in Elmore, Ohio.
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