Category Archives: Uncategorized

January 1864

January Commentary Winter weather, although not as severe as Spencer would have remembered from Michigan, kept both armies quiet. His three letters to his mother emphasize the Christmas gifts he received as well as the box of food. He voices … Continue reading

Posted in Spencer McOmber, Uncategorized | Comments Off

November 26, 1863 Rebs have shelled us pretty lively

Mortons Foard   Nov 26th 63 Dear Mother Last night I got a letter from you with those Sissors which pleased me very much this morning we started from Stephenburg & came down to this ford just below Racoon ford.  so … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off

November Letters Overview

Spencer McOmber’s November letters provide another perspective on a soldier’s daily life. Other than picket duty and occasionally trying to harass Confederate guerilla forces, the 7th Michigan Cavalry experiences a quiet month. In his letters home, Spencer dwells on routine … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off

Sept. 30, 1863 Supplies for Winter

Hailings Mills Sept 30th 63 Cav Outpost 7 miles south of Colpepper Dear Mother.  It has been a long time cince I have received a letter from you.  I shall send you a check of 35 Dollars which I want … Continue reading

Posted in Spencer McOmber, Uncategorized | Comments Off

September 1863

After a quiet month in August, Spencer McOmber and the 7th Michigan Cavalry find themselves far more active in September. Spencer’s four letters home downplay the combat, perhaps not to worry his mother. His letters are generally quick short notes … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off

Spencer F. McOmber

During his three years of service in the American Civil War, Spencer F. McOmber, the self-proclaimed “wild and wayward boy” from Kalamazoo, documented his experiences in letters home to his mother, aunt, and sister. These letters not only illustrate his … Continue reading

Posted in Spencer McOmber, Uncategorized | Comments Off

Keep Your Nose Clean

This letter to Ann Dewaters is from George W. Clement, a Van Buren County boy. It’s unclear just how he knows Ann but he does ask for any news about her brother Tip. Clement does not provide clues about why … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , | Comments Off

A Letter from Alvin Cook

Alvin Cook was another of the young men who served in the 25th Michigan Infantry who wrote to Anne Dewaters. He calls her letter to him a “partnership” because it went through so many hands all over Dixie until it … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , | Comments Off