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Edward Summers Letter

 Collection
Identifier: MS-2714

This collection contains a letter from Union Sgt. Edward Summers, Co. B. Kentucky Calvary Regiment, to his cousin Arthur Johnson on November 2, 1863. The letter gives a detailed account of his units movements following his enlistment on October 21, 1861 at Louisville, Ky. Summers also pens vivid accounts of the horrors of war that he witnessed, including a graphic description of the battlefield following the bloody engagement at Chickamauga.

Dates

  • 1863 November 2

Conditions Governing Access

Collections are stored offsite, and a minimum of 2 business days are needed to retrieve these items for use. Researchers interested in consulting any of the collections are advised to contact Special Collections.

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright interests in this collection remain with the creator. For more information, contact the Special Collections Library.

Extent

0.1 Linear Feet

Abstract

This collection consists of a letter from Union Sgt. Edward Summers, Co. B. Kentucky Calvary Regiment, to his cousin Arthur Johnson on November 2, 1863. Summers gives a detailed account of his unit's movements following his enlistment on October 21, 1861 at Louisville, Ky., including involvement in the Battle of Chickamauga.

Biographical/Historical Note

Edward Summers enlisted into the Union Army on October 21, 1861 at Louisville, Kentucky, as a Sergeant. On December 23, 1861, he mustered into B Company Ky. 6th Cavalry. He re-enlisted on January 1, 1864, and mustered out on September 6, 1865 at Louisville, Ky. He was promoted to 1st Sergeant while in the Army.

Arrangement

Collection consists of a single letter.

Acquisition Note

Collection was purchased by Special Collections in January 2006.

Repository Details

Part of the Betsey B. Creekmore Special Collections and University Archives, University of Tennessee, Knoxville Repository

Contact:
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA
865-974-4480