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I’m Still Alive and Well

In late November, Harrison writes to Ann again, this time to let her know that reports that he had been wounded are false. He was distressed that Dr. Foster Pratt had included his name in a list of those wounded … Continue reading

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Battle of Chickamauga

Harrison wrote this letter from the battlefield. Combat has ceased but the soldiers are so close that they can hear the enemy forces talking. Harrison acknowledges that the Confederate forces held the field, that is, won the battle. He reports … Continue reading

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Gordon’s Mills

More than a month after his previous letter, Harrison writes again to his sister Ann. The 13th Michigan has moved south to Georgia near [Lee and] Gordon’s Mills. This was but a short distance from Chattanooga, Tennessee. The 13th Michigan … Continue reading

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You just tell the girls…

Dewater raises several interesting points in this letter. He says that men who marry to avoid serving in the army are cowards and traitors. He tells his sister Ann to tell all the girls that their boyfriends who have not … Continue reading

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Harrison’s Frustrations

Harrison’s unit was part of a larger force that was pursuing a Confederate Army commanded by Gen. Braxton Bragg. The unit would spend another month in Hillsboro before moving on.  In mid-July, after the 13thMichigan Infantry had moved from Murfreesboro … Continue reading

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25th Michigan Regiment

The next surviving letter in Harrison’s correspondence is dated March 19, nearly two months since his previous letter. The unit remains in camp near Murfreesboro. A daily routine of drill and picket (guard) duty seems to take up most of … Continue reading

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Battle of Stones River

Harrison’s letter from early 1863 describes his experiences in the Battle of Stones River, Tennessee on December 31, 1862. The role of the 13th Michigan may well have been the most important contribution it made in any single battle in … 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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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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