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16th Illinois Infantry Regiment Letter

Collection Title: Sixteenth (16th) Illinois Infantry Regiment Letter


Series Number: 10-03


Processed and Cataloged by: Dieter C. Ullrich


Date Listed: March 19, 2010


Date Span: 1862


Size of Collection: 0.10 linear feet.


Number of Boxes: 1 file folder. 1 item.


Type of Material: Correspondence.


Condition of Material: Fair with minor fading.


Arrangement: Chronological arrangement.


Biographical / Historical Information: The author of the letter is known only as “Frank”. However, names mentioned in the letter are associated with the 16th Illinois Infantry Volunteers which were stationed near New Madrid, Missouri during the time of the letter’s creation.


Scope and Content: Collection consists of letter written by a soldier of the 16th Illinois Infantry Regiment to his wife from Bird’s Point, Missouri on March 12, 1862. The letter describes the author’s time spent at Bird’s Point due to a case of the “mumps”. He also mentions the build-up of Union forces near New Madrid and the Confederates fortifying and evacuating Island No. 10.


Subject Headings / Descriptors:

Bird’s Point (Mo.)

United States. Army. Illinois Infantry Regiment, 16th (1861-1865)

United States – History – Civil War, 1861-1865 – Personal narratives.


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Research Notes: Collection found with MS76-06 under the title “Frank”. A receipt in folder states the letter was purchased on March 7, 1985 from “Heflin”. Provenance is unknown.

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