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Identifier: A0286-00372

Title: B347: Martin Family Letters, 1861-1865


John Martin and his wife, Elizabeth, received letters from the following relations and friends: John’s brothers Hezekiah B., James Monroe, and Shelton Farris Martin; John’s cousin Henry T. Martin; Elizabeth’s brothers John N., Joseph J., and Levi M. Moulton; nephew Thomas N. Lewis; and friend John E. Haley.

Collection includes 20 letters of Private Shelton Farris Martin, 4th Illinois Cavalry, dated mostly from Tennessee and Mississippi, January 1862 to April 1865, which contain accounts of regimental affairs in those two states and in Louisiana and Alabama. Also includes description of the Battle of Shiloh and brief accounts of actions in the Vicksburg campaign. Letter of Hezekiah B. Martin, 8th Illinois Infantry, dated Memphis, December 4, 1864, contains brief account of regimental affairs. Three letters of James Monroe Martin, dated Natchez, Miss., and near Memphis, June 4, 1863, to June 9, 1865. Four letters of Henry T. Martin, 126th Illinois Infantry, dated Tennessee and Arkansas, January 1863 to February 1865, contain accounts of regimental affairs, including a description of a skirmish at Clarendon, Ark. Eight letters of John N. Moulton, 4th Iowa Infantry, dated Missouri, Mississippi, and Tennessee, August 1861 to January 1865, contain accounts of regimental affairs, including brief comments on the Siege of Vicksburg. Letter of Levi M. Moulton, dated November 16, 1864, and letter of Joseph J. Moulton, dated January 13, 1863, both of the 11th Illinois Infantry. Four letters of Thomas N. Lewis, 11th Illinois Infantry, dated Vicksburg and Duvall’s Bluff, Ark., July 1863 to November 1864, include mention of the capture of Vicksburg. Three letters of John E. Haley, 129th Illinois Infantry, dated Louisville, Nashville, and near Atlanta, October 1862 to August 1864, contain accounts of regimental affairs, including brief descriptions of actions in the Atlanta campaign. Four letters of William Martin, dated Arkansas and southeast Missouri, December 1861 to November 1862, describe regimental affairs.


Place: United States

Dates: 1861-1865

Type(s): Correspondence

Maker/Creator: Martin, Shelton Farris

Subjects: Civil War, 1861-1865
Armed Forces
Shiloh, Battle of, Tenn., 1862
Vicksburg (Miss.)
Siege, 1863
Atlanta Campaign, 1864


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