Category Archives: Chester Beebe

Murfreesboro Team

Murfreesboro Team Saturday Augst 21st/63   Friend and Sister Harriet I reed your letter this after noon it found me well. I was on Pickett last night we had a good time. our whole Regt goes on Pickett 1/4 of … Continue reading

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Letter to Parents

Please tell Marissa to send that receipt for soddering jewelry if she can find if she cant find the one we need to have she will find it in Dr Goins Doctor Book   Murfreesboro Tenn Oct 14th /63   … Continue reading

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Gideon is Dead

Camp near Brentwood March 15th/63   Dear Sister and Friends I received a line from you to Gid I read it and will now try and answer it Gideon is dead he died in Feb the 27th with the Chronic … Continue reading

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Three letters to a Sister

Camp near Danville K.Y. Jan 25 63 Dear Sister I was glad to hear from you and that you was well I am well as usual I have just came in off inspection there is nothing in particular agoing [sic] … Continue reading

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I am well well and tough as an Oak knot

Camp Danville Monday Jan 12th 1863 My everlasting beloved Sister Harriet I will try and write a few lines to you although you havent written to me I am well  well and tough as an Oak knot weight 159 ½ … Continue reading

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I don’t want to be in the Illinois Infantry

Once again, this is a double letter. Gideon writes a longer message while Chester adds a short note at the end. It is dated January 6, 1862. Gideon is unhappy about the plan to convert the mechanics and fusiliers regiment … Continue reading

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Two letters

There are two letters on a single sheet of paper, the first from Portman and the other from Chester Beebe. Both men address the letter, “Dear Sister.” Beebe, having married into the Portman family, also addresses his sister-in-law, Harriet Portman … Continue reading

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We have got as good a set of boys is our Company

In this second letter, Gideon writes to his sister Harriet Portman Lewis and lists all the local men who are in camp with him. He also reports that Chester Beebe has married one of their sisters, as if she is … Continue reading

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The stories of Chester Beebe, William Beebe, and Gideon Portman

This is a series of 19 letters written by Chester Beebe, his brother William Beebe, and Gideon Portman. Chester Beebe was married to Portman’s sister so the two were brothers-in-law.  The young men were from Brady Township, east of Vicksburg. … Continue reading

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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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