Category Archives: Harrison DeWaters

Standing Picket

  In early August, still camped in northwest Alabama, Harrison takes some time to reply to a letter from his sister Ann. Unlike his earlier letters, he doesn’t talk much about army life other than to acknowledge that he has … Continue reading

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Courtland, Alabama

The next surviving letter from Harrison DeWaters was written over six weeks after the previous one in this collection. During that time, the 13th Michigan has advanced to the northeast corner of Alabama. For the first time in the surviving … Continue reading

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Fixing the Railroad

Harrison’s poor grammar and spelling make it difficult to follow his train of thought. He makes several points in this letter home. He first informs his parents that the 13th Michigan has been engaged in rebuilding the railroad that runs … Continue reading

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Corinth

Although Harrison carelessly dated this letter as January, it must have been about the first of June. The Confederate Army retreated from Corinth on May 29.  Corinth was a key railroad junction in the northeastern corner of Mississippi. On June … Continue reading

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Dear Sister

There is a two month gap between this letter and the previous one dated March 24. Given how frequently Harrison had written, some of his letters are probably missing. During those two months, the 13th Michigan nearly saw its first … Continue reading

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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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