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A Son-in-Law’s Response to a Father’s Question

One day after writing to Ann DeWaters, Zenas receives a letter from Harrison’s father, Anson DeWaters, expressing concern that he has not heard from Harrison. Anson is Zenas’ father-in-law which meant that he and Harrison were brothers-in-law. Zenas confirms Harrison’s … Continue reading

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Condolences to a Sister

This letter to Ann Dewaters was written by Zenas Rhoades on the same day that his brother Orrin had visited him in the hospital. Zenas tells Ann that Orrin has written to Orville’s father to tell him that Orville had … Continue reading

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A Friend’s Loss

Monday May the 23 1865                                 Washington Mr Anson Dewaters thare was a letter come for tip from you and i noing that tip was ded I took the responcebilety to open it and to let you nowe that he … Continue reading

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We Regret to Inform You

In this last letter to Harrison’s family, both Orrin and Zenas inform his father that they have now received official notice of his death in New Bern, NC on April 30. Orrin describes how the initial wound was relatively minor … Continue reading

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Writing for Tip

Harrison’s sister Ann was probably very troubled that the next letter from her brother was written by a friend of his, Henry E. Trumble, a musician in the 13th Michigan from Portage. Harrison had asked Trumble to write since he … Continue reading

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Wounded

Harrison begins this letter to his mother telling her that he has been wounded, but not to worry. As he has started to do in several recent letters, he refers to himself in the third person by his nickname, Tip. … Continue reading

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Line of Communications is open again

There is something of a light-hearted air to this letter that Harrison wrote in mid-March from Fayetteville, NC. He pokes fun at the Southern dialect (“We-uns”), complains they haven’t received any mail or crackers, and jokes that the rebels “skedaddled” … Continue reading

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Three Months have Passed

Three very eventful months have passed between Dewaters’ letters to his sister (at least among those letters that survive). On November 3, 1864, the 13th Michigan was assigned to Gen. William T. Sherman’s Army and about to begin the famous … Continue reading

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