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Finding aid and full text (Click on "Additional Files" below) for Manuscripts Small Collection 2874. Letter, 18 February 1862, of George P. Jarvis to L.R. Jarvis and friends in Athens County, Ohio, written while he was serving with the 3rd Ohio Infantry. He describes in detail the advance of his and other regiments on Bowling Green, Kentucky, their engagements with Confederate forces, and the destruction wrought by the Confederates during their retreat. Writing from one of the “principal houses” in town, Jarvis praises the taking of Bowling Green, calling it “one of the strongholds of this state” and the “Gibraltar of Kentucky.” He also reports meeting a number of “old friends” in the town.


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Letter from G.P. Jarvis to L.R. Jarvis