Jacob Fitzgerald Goltry correspondence
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These letters offer insight into the everyday life and sentiments of a Union soldier as relayed to his wife at home. References are made to the living conditions and provisions of the soldiers, information on the campaigns of Company C of the 37th Indiana Regiment between 1862 and 1864.
Also included in the collections are the transcriptions produced by Jacob Goltry's grand-daughter Margaret E. Goltry Dillman in collaboration with her sister Beryle G. Goltry Cole and compiled in a book written by great-grandson Charles M. Wright which is included in this collection.
- circa 1861-2016
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enlisted for service on September 18, 1861 at Hardinsburg, Indiana to Company C, 37th Indiana Infantry. His service during the Civil War took him from Indiana through Kentucky and Tennessee to Athens, Alabama. He reenlisted February 29, 1864. After a 30-day furlough at home he went to Georgia where he was wounded at Pumpkin Vine Creek. Goltry was discharged November 17, 1864 at the rank of Corporal and set home on to Indiana on foot.
In the spring of 1865, the Goltry family moved awy from Indiana taking the train to Eddyville, Iowa and from there, traveling by wagon to Cedar Township, Lucas County, Iowa. It was here that he worked as a carpenter and built several homes in the area.
Goltry died on October 15, 1914 and Emeline died 20 years later on November 19, 1934. Both are buried in Russell Cemetery in the town of Russell, Iowa.
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