MSS Finding Aids

Publication Date

10-18-2019

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 scan of typescript (Click on "Additional Files" below) for Manuscripts Small Collection 3483. Letter, 15 October 1862, to his family from John H. Gray, serving with the 101st Indiana Infantry. He describes his experiences enroute to Perryville, Kentucky in the wake of the recent battle there: the lack of rations that required improvisation when preparing meals, the prevalence of diarrhea (“the quick step”) among the troops, and his hospitalization at Perryville, where he sees the decaying body of a Confederate soldier, houses and hospitals full of suffering wounded, piles of spent ammunition, and destruction of property. He notes the war weariness of the wounded Confederates and the decline of his own regiment into “broken down and tired out slaves.”

Disciplines

Military History | United States History

SC 3483 GRAY John H. typescript.doc (40 kB)
John H. Gray to family, 15 October 1862

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