Tag Archives: 1862

Goat Point and Fort Pulaski

In his previous letter, Charles had expressed his hope that the 8th Michigan would soon move on from Beaufort, South Carolina where the unit had been encamped for several months. He believed that if they could only take the battle … Continue reading

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Learning about the South

At the end of March, Charles sits down on a Sunday to write to his brother William in Charleston Township once more. The 8th Michigan has been stationed at Beaufort for nearly three months now and Cock is starting to … Continue reading

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8-mile march

A month after his previous letter, Cock writes to his brother disappointed that he has not yet heard from him. Charles says he will write a quick letter because he has been busy and he will shortly have to participate … Continue reading

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Foraging expeditions

In his next letter to his brother, Charles Cock writes that the 8th Michigan has been sent to Beaufort, South Carolina. The new camp seems to be quite satisfactory in his opinion. Charles uses much of the letter to report … Continue reading

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Battle of Stone River

Joseph’s letter to Ann on January 25, 1863 is remarkable for what it does not say. He relates the terror of the Battle of Stone River at the end of December. He provides a description of what it was like … Continue reading

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Joseph to Ann

In this first letter, Joseph thanks Ann for writing to him and Harrison. He’s glad to hear she’s in good health. He says his health is not good but improving although he has a back problem that he thinks might … Continue reading

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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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