Finding aid, scans and typescripts (Click on “Additional Files” below) for Manuscripts Small Collection 3609. Letters, 13 and 31 August 1862, of William E. Lawless, Springfield, Illinois, written while serving with the 7th Illinois Infantry encamped near Corinth, Mississippi. Sending his pay to his correspondent, he instructs him on the settlement of certain debts and complains about the lack of letters from home. His second letter describes the supply of fruit from local citizens and expresses satisfaction with his pay and training as a drummer. Concerned about the destruction of railroad tracks by guerrillas, he nevertheless resolves to send his pay home rather than risk spending it on “trash.” He also comments on two contemporaries, his correspondent’s son and son-in-law, who have stayed home rather than enlist.
United States History
Folklife Archives, Manuscripts &, "Lawless, William E., 1843?-1924 (SC 3609)" (2021). MSS Finding Aids. Paper 4956.
William Lawless Letter 13 August
SC 3609 LAWLESS 13 August 1862 typescript.doc (32 kB)
William Lawless Letter 13 August typescript
SC 3609 LAWLESS 31 August 1862.pdf (1703 kB)
William Lawless Letter 31 August
SC 3609 LAWLESS 31 August 1862 typescript.doc (33 kB)
William Lawless Letter 31 August typescript