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Finding aid and full text transcripts (Click on "Additional Files" below) for Manuscripts Small Collection 3510. Letters from W. Henry Peter to his sister in Brighton, Illinois. Stationed with the 122nd Illinois Infantry at Paducah, Kentucky on 11 December 1863, he recounts his regiment’s travel there by steamer to a camp site previously occupied by another regiment. He reports receiving a backlog of mail, expresses confidence in the strength of his regiment’s position and its supporting gunboats, and urges her and other family members to visit him. His letter of 12January 1864 reports his assignment as clerk for a military court of inquiry and his relief at the opportunity to recover from fatigue and illness. He also writes of his visit to his cousins, the Wardens, living nearby and asks to be sent some money to cover a gap in pay.


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SC 3510 PETER W Henry typescript.doc (35 kB)
W. Henry Peter to his sister, 11 December 1863



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