Publication Date

3-31-2016

Comments

This collection is archived in Manuscripts & Folklife Archives at Western Kentucky University; 270-745-6434; mssfa@wku.edu

Abstract

Finding aid and full-text of letters (Click on "Additional Files" below) for Manuscripts Small Collection 2990. Letters of James T. Parsons to his parents, written during his service with the 17th Ohio Infantry. He details his regiment’s arduous marches through Kentucky, especially Boyle and Pulaski counties, and remarks on bad roads, picket duty, and high prices charged by the sutler. He criticizes Kentucky soldiers as both braggarts and cowards. In December 1861, he speculates on the “great Battle to come” at Bowling Green but, in hospital at Nashville in August 1862, doubts the prospects for victory over the South. He also relates an incident at Somerset, Kentucky, in which a local citizen was ejected from camp after attempting to apprehend one of the runaway African Americans entertaining the soldiers with a wrestling match.

Disciplines

Military History | United States History

SC 2990 PARSONS, James T item 1.pdf (179 kB)
James T. Parsons to Israel and Hannah Parsons, 3 December 1861

SC 2990 PARSONS, James T item 2.pdf (184 kB)
James T. Parsons to Hannah Parsons, 18 December 1861

SC 2990 PARSONS, James T item 3.pdf (245 kB)
James T. Parsons to Israel and Hannah Parsons, 10 January 1862

SC 2990 PARSONS, James T item 4.pdf (242 kB)
James T. Parsons to Israel Parsons 25 April 1862

SC 2990 PARSONS, James T item 5.pdf (240 kB)
James T. Parsons to Israel Parsons, 29 August 1862

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