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The Civil War & Slavery materials are part of a larger core collection of books, maps, diaries, correspondence, official documents, artwork, and artifacts related to Lincoln, the American Civil War, and the institution of slavery in the U.S.

 

John Bennitt (1830-1892). Correspondence and diaries of Michigan Civil War surgeon, 1863-1865. An account of Bennitt's time spent serving in the 19th Michigan Infantry through its duty in Kentucky and Tennessee and its participation in the Atlanta and Carolinas campaigns. These diaries are part of a collection of correspondence published as I Hope to Do My Country Service.

 

Theodore Peticolas (1800-?). Diary of Ohio fruit farmer, 1863. An account of the day-to-day routine of an Ohio fruit farmer, and father of Civil War soldier.

 

Civil War and Slavery documents. All areas of the Civil War are represented in general correspondence, official documents, and photographs of soldiers and civilians during the Civil War era. Also included are a selection from 10 states related to the ownership of slaves and abolition, 1805-1864.

 

Whitley Read (1839-1914). Diary of a soldier in 10th New York Heavy Artillery, Company H., 1865. Entries include his post-war service on a Great Lakes Schooner and as a Michigan logger.

 

Nathan Sargent (1794-1875). Correspondence of a Whig political appointee, 1832-1874. Among the correspondants are Henry Clay, John M. Clayton, Caleb Cushing, Edward Everett, Henry Hitchcock.

 
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