Category Archives: Gideon Portman

I’ve enlisted

In this first letter in this series, Gideon Portman announces to his sister that he has enlisted in Colonel Wilson’s Mechanics regiment and is now in training at Camp Webb near Chicago. He is proud that he has done so … 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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