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Fixing the Railroad

Harrison’s poor grammar and spelling make it difficult to follow his train of thought. He makes several points in this letter home. He first informs his parents that the 13th Michigan has been engaged in rebuilding the railroad that runs … Continue reading

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Corinth

Although Harrison carelessly dated this letter as January, it must have been about the first of June. The Confederate Army retreated from Corinth on May 29.  Corinth was a key railroad junction in the northeastern corner of Mississippi. On June … 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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Near Nashville

Nearly two months after the 13th Michigan left Kalamazoo, Harrison is becoming anxious to hear from his family. Now camped near Nashville, Tennessee, he is excited to receive a letter from his sisters, Ann and Melissa. He immediately sits down … Continue reading

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From Munfordville

Ten days after his letter of February 16, Dewaters found time to write home once again. The 13thMichigan has marched some 75 miles south of Louisville to Munfordville on their way to Bowling Green. Cold winter rains have made their … Continue reading

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Camp alaxandra

On February 12, 1862, the 13thMichigan boarded a train at the Michigan Central Railroad Station–where the Amtrak station is located today–and headed off to the war. Their first stop, two days later, was in Jeffersonville, Indiana, just across the Ohio … Continue reading

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