Finding aid and full text transcription (Click on "Additional Files" below) for Manuscripts Small Collection 3211. Letters, 6 January-31 May 1863, of George Messer to his wife Lottie in DeWitt County, Illinois, while encamped in Hart County, Kentucky and at Camp Hobson, Glasgow, Kentucky. He writes of illness and death among his comrades, troop strength, wage payments, food, and his commanding officers. Weary of a soldier’s life and anxious for the South’s total defeat, he criticizes conscription laws that allow exemption on payment of a fee, and accuses politicians and “Eastern men” of prolonging the war. He notes local citizens’ reluctance to sell goods in camp for fear of confiscation, and reports fraternization with Kentucky women by a relative and fellow soldier.
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Folklife Archives, Manuscripts &, "Messer, George, 1833-1863 (SC 3211)" (2018). MSS Finding Aids. Paper 4467.
Letter from George Messer to Lottie Messer 6 Jan. 1893
SC 3211 MESSER George 20 Jan 1863 typescript_.pdf (48 kB)
Letter from George Messer to Lottie Messer 20 Jan. 1863
SC 3211 MESSER George 28 Feb 1863 typescript.pdf (117 kB)
Letter from George Messer to Lottie Messer 28 Feb. 1863
SC 3211 MESSER George 31 May 1863 typescript.pdf (106 kB)
Letter from George Messer to Lottie Messer 31 May 1863