Category Archives: Letters

The Upper Peninsula in the Civil War

Easy AdSense by Unreal U.P. men enlist with the ‘Michigan devils’ By JOHANNA BOYLE – Journal Ishpeming Bureau (jboyle@miningjournal.net) The Mining Journal MARQUETTE – The year was 1861. In April, after declaring that they would secede from the United States, … Continue reading

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Rare Aiken Letter for sale

Democrat attorney encouraged John C. Fremont to challenge Lincoln in 1864 election A rare 1864 letter by Frederick Aiken, the attorney who later represented Mary Surratt in her Lincoln Assassination conspiracy trial, is up for sale by Seth Kaller Historic … Continue reading

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On this date in 1861: Lincoln suspends writ of habeas corpus

Today’s Highlight in History: (AP) On April 27, 1861, President Abraham Lincoln, citing public safety concerns amid the Civil War, suspended the writ of habeas corpus in an area between Philadelphia and Washington. (Lincoln later lifted the order, but the … Continue reading

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Letters trace Civil War for writer’s forebears

BOSTON (AP) — Alone in his hotel room after a solemn dinner with his brother, the newly enlisted Army surgeon took up pen and paper to make the first installment on his promise. “I have a few moments,” he wrote … Continue reading

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Extraordinary Letter: William A. Louks, 56th Ohio Infantry Regiment

Originally posted on Soldier Studies - a great website to find 1860s letters from soldiers. Colonel Peter Kinney organized the 56th Ohio Infantry Regiment at Camp Morrow, Portsmouth, Ohio, where it was mustered in on December 12, 1861. During Grant’s Vicksburg campaign … Continue reading

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