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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

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Esteemed Friend

This second letter from Ed Hill, written three months after the previous one, indicates that his unit is still in Louisville on prison duty. He does mention at the end that there is a rumor that several brigades from nearby … Continue reading

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A Letter from James Abbott

In addition to the letters from her brother, Harrison, Anne DeWaters also kept letters from other young local soldiers.  James D. Abbott was from Oshtemo and he mentions other soldiers who are mutual acquaintances, including David O. Coleman and Edwin … 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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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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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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