|American Civil War Collection
(Southern Illinois University Edwardsville)
"I this rainey Morning take My seat to answer A
few lines I saw in A letter yo rote to Billey I Was glad to think you
had Not forgotten Mee well I am Not verry well But I hope this will
find you All well well there has been A heap of sicness and it has Bin
verry fatel there has Bin A heap of Death I have Nothing of importence
-- Letter 5 from P.D. Martin to Mrs. Lucinda Boren.
This digital collection is an assemblage of handwritten letters, songsheets, and military orders. Spanning the entire period of the American Civil War (1861-1865), these items gathered together provide a unique and insightful glimpse into the era.
The Letters: The letters, composed by both soldiers and civilians, detail battles, conditions, and news from back home. The majority of the letters also include envelopes decorated with brightly colored and highly detailed lithographs. The letters have been transcribed with the original spelling intact. The transcriptions are keyword searchable.