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Cornelius Longfellow Letter

 Collection
Identifier: MS-2728

This collection contains a letter from Captain Cornelius Longfellow of the Company E of the 69th Indiana Volunteer Infantry. He writes from Camp Perry near Memphis, Tennessee, to his wife Lydia on December 2, 1862. In the letter, Longfellow discusses buying a Soldiers Memorial, his trip to Memphis from Indianapolis, the possibilities of traveling after the war, the actions of the freed blacks, and his own men.

Dates

  • 1862 December 2

Conditions Governing Access

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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 contains a letter from Captain Cornelius Longfellow of the Company E of the 69th Indiana Volunteer Infantry. He writes from Camp Perry near Memphis, Tennessee, to his wife Lydia on December 2, 1862. In the letter, Longfellow discusses buying a Soldiers Memorial, his trip to Memphis from Indianapolis, the possibilities of traveling after the war, the actions of the freed blacks, and his own men.

Biographical/Historical Note

Cornelius Longfellow enlisted on August 8, 1862, as a First Lieutenant and was commissioned into Company E of the 69th Indiana Volunteer Infantry. On August 30, 1862, the regiment was engaged in battle in Richmond, Ky. Kirby Smith of the CSA captured the 69th, but the soldiers were paroled, leaving for Memphis on Nov. 27. In November Longfellow was promoted to captain. However, he resigned on March 23, 1863.

Cornelius Longfellow (July 6, 1827-Feb. 17, 1901) married Lydia Mills (Sept. 18, 1828-Nov. 16, 1865). They are both buried in Arba Cemetery of Randolph County, Indiana.

Arrangement

Collection consists of a single letter.

Acquisition Note

Collection was purchased by Special Collections in March 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