Monthly Archives: October 2012

Gideon Portman and Chester Beebe

COMING SOON! In the near future, we will begin posting a set of 19 letters written by Union soldiers from Brady Township in Kalamazoo County  — two of the soldiers, Gideon Portman and Chester Beebe, were brothers-in-law who each enlisted … Continue reading

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A Last Letter

This is the final letter from James Edward Cox in this collection. A little over two months later, he would be killed at Shiloh. As frequently as he wrote home in the previous two months, it is probably a safe … Continue reading

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Periodical Fever

In this short letter in mid-January 1862, James writes to his father about his health. He has apparently had an extended period of poor health. His complaints include diarrhea, jaundice, ague [malaria] and fever. He’s happy to hear that his … Continue reading

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