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John R. Wilson letter

 Collection — Folder: S3351
Identifier: S3351

Scope and Contents

This collection includes an 1862 letter written by John R. Wilson from Camp Dennison and sent to his wife in Muskingum County, Ohio. The heading of the letter gives the date as "Wednesday the 24/ 62." Since John enlisted with his regiment on August 26th, the letter was most likely written in September. In the letter he mentions helping organize a prayer meeting and spending time with the sick. The letter was with a victory envelope addressed to Wilson at Memphis, Tennessee and stamped with a March 3, 1863 postmark from Cairo, Illinois. The $20.00 of Confederate money mentioned in a note attached to the envelope is no longer part of the collection.

The collection also includes a May 17, 1864 pass issued by the War Department. The pass gave a Mr. George O. Brastow permission to travel to Fredericksburg, Virginia to "see about the remains of relatives and to visit those who are wounded" and was signed by Inspector General James A. Hardie.


  • 1862-1864


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Biographical Note

John R. Wilson was born June 16, 1836 in Pennsylvania. He married Hannah Ann Atchison (1840-1891) on November 3, 1859 and they had two children. He was a farm laborer and enlisted in Company A, 78th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry on August 26, 1862. He died of disease at Lake Providence, Louisiana on April 17, 1863 and is buried in the Bloomfield Cemetery in Muskingum County, Ohio.

Sources: "Hannah Ann Atchison." Ohio, County Marriage Records, 1774-1993. Accessed June 14, 2018. "Hannah Willson." 1870 United States Federal Census. Accessed June 14, 2018. "John Wilson." 1860 United States Federal Census. Accessed June 14, 2018. "John R. Wilson." Ohio Soldier Grave Registrations, 1804-1958. Accessed June 14, 2018. "John R. Wilson." U.S. Registers of Deaths of Volunteers, 1861-1865. Accessed June 14, 2018.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a purchase from Cowan's Auctions, Inc. on 2013/09/23.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2018/06/15 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2018/06/15 by Laura Eliason.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.