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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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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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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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Old Abe and the Draft

Writing to his sister Ann in early April, Harrison expresses some unhappiness that he has not heard from her and suggesting that she has forgotten him. Dewater asks her to confirm that his father has received the money he has … 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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Hardtack & Bacon

After the Battle of Stone’s River, the 13th Michigan was moved to the nearby town of Murfreesburo. It would spend several months there, improving the fortifications before moving elsewhere, although as Harrison describes, skirmishes between the two armies continued. Harrison … 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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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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