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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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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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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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On to Georgia

Harrison’s next letter to Ann was written more than three months later than the previous one. Uncle Joseph has died but he makes no mention of it.. Harrison tells Ann that he has written to their father and it is … Continue reading

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Uncle Joseph doing poorly

Harrison’s letter of July 17 sends bad news home to his family. His Uncle Joseph, whom he has not mentioned in recent letters, is doing very poorly. Harrison describes this as Joseph’s “old complaint” without providing details. We know that … Continue reading

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Photographs

The next surviving letter dates to early May. Harrison writes to Ann from Lookout Mountain in Tennessee. In the months that intervened, he would have visited his family when the 13th Michigan was granted a 30 day furlough in February … Continue reading

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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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