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B180: Papers of Joseph A. Fardell ( -1914), April 1862 to July 1865

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Identifier: A0286-00205

Title: B180: Papers of Joseph A. Fardell ( -1914), April 1862 to July 1865


Joseph A. Fardell was mustered into Company C, 131st Illinois Infantry, on November 13, 1862, in Metropolis, Ill. In October 1863, he was pronounced medically unfit for field service and spent the remainder of the war with the Invalid Corps, later known as the Veteran Reserve Corps, in St. Louis and Pennsylvania. He died April 17, 1914, in Metropolis.

Papers contain letters of Joseph Fardell to his parents, F.S. and Elizabeth Shanks, of Metropolis, discussing family matters, friends back home in Illinois, and his war experiences. Letters dated April 2, 1862, to January 3, 1863, were written from Pittsburg Landing, Memphis, and on board the steamboat Iowa, while he served with the 131st Illinois Infantry. Letter dated January 3, 1863, contains brief description of action in the Yazoo Pass Expedition. Letters dated April 28, 1863, to July 5, 1865, were written from Jefferson Barracks, Alexander Barracks, and Benton Barracks in the St. Louis area, and later from various locations in Pennsylvania. Letter dated February 6, 1864, describes a conflict with the 1st Iowa Colored Regiment at Benton Barracks. Letter dated December 7, 1864, describes a skirmish with Irish Democrats at Pittston, Pa. Papers also include song lyrics.


Place: United States
St Louis

Dates: 1862-1865

Type(s): Documentary Artifacts

Maker/Creator: Fardell, Joseph A., -1914

Subjects: Civil War, 1861-1865
Alexander Barracks (Saint Louis, Mo.)
Armed Forces
Jefferson Barracks (Saint Louis, Mo.)
Benton Barracks (Saint Louis, Mo.)
African Americans
African American soldiers
Yazoo River (Miss.)


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