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Unidentified Civil War Union Soldier letter

Identifier: SC 01793

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Content Description

This collection contains a letter written by an unknown Union Army Civil War (1861-1865) solider in Newport News, Virginia dated Jan 9, circa 1863. The solider wrote to his sister about the conditions of the soldier's camp. In his description of the camp, he describes the amount of soldiers camped and the size of the camp. He writes that twenty soldiers were sick "with a bad cold." He also wrote the soliders were protecting five union families from the rebel forces. When he went scouting, he did not see much, except for "five or six" black people, whom he describes as "odd" looking. At the end of the letter, the soldier signed "this is from your brother Lee."


  • Creation: 1865 January 9

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Before reproducing or quoting from any materials, in whole or in part, permission must be obtained from the Special Collections Research Center, and the holder of the copyright, if not Swem Library.

Biographical / Historical

The Union soldier who wrote the letter identifies hmself as "Lee." This soldier fought in the American Civil War, which lasted from 1861 to 1865. The soldier fought for the Union Army which was named for its declared goal of preserving United States'constitutional union.


0.1 Linear Feet (1 legal size folder)



Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased with the Nell Richardson Tonkin Fund.

Processing Information

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Unidentified Civil War Union Soldier letter
William and Mary Special Collections and Research Center Staff
November 2022
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