Monthly Archives: January 2012

Write Soon!

By the end of March, Harrison has been away from home longer than he has ever been. He seems homesick and aches for news from home. As in his previous letter, he asks them to send him stamps, pens, and … Continue reading

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Near Nashville

Nearly two months after the 13th Michigan left Kalamazoo, Harrison is becoming anxious to hear from his family. Now camped near Nashville, Tennessee, he is excited to receive a letter from his sisters, Ann and Melissa. He immediately sits down … Continue reading

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From Munfordville

Ten days after his letter of February 16, Dewaters found time to write home once again. The 13thMichigan has marched some 75 miles south of Louisville to Munfordville on their way to Bowling Green. Cold winter rains have made their … Continue reading

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Camp alaxandra

On February 12, 1862, the 13thMichigan boarded a train at the Michigan Central Railroad Station–where the Amtrak station is located today–and headed off to the war. Their first stop, two days later, was in Jeffersonville, Indiana, just across the Ohio … Continue reading

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So begins the story of Harrison DeWaters

Orville Harrison “Tip” DeWaters of Oshtemo, Michigan enlisted in the 13th Michigan Volunteer Infantry, Company H in January 1862. This regiment was known as “Kalamazoo’s Own” because many of the soldiers were from the Kalamazoo area. The unit left Kalamazoo … Continue reading

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