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William M. Cloer Letter

Identifier: MS-2796

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William M. Cloer wrote this letter from Morristown, Tennessee to his friends at home on June 24, 1863. He mentions recent Yankee raids in Tennessee, specifically those made during the push towards Knoxville, stating that "the yankees has made a nother rade in Tenn and has done a good deal of damage and is gon back they commenced at Knoxville and come up to in 15 miles of this place and burnt 2 bridges and a great deel of other damage." Cloer writes that he is on his way to Cumberland Gap, where he expects to arrive in three days and join the other members of his regiment.


  • 1863 June 24

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William M. Cloer, a private in the 62nd North Carolina Infantry (CSA), wrote this letter to friends at home from Morristown, Tennessee on June 24, 1863. He discusses recent Yankee raids in Tennessee, specifically those made during the push towards Knoxville, and his regiment's upcoming move to Cumberland Gap.

Biographical/Historical Note

William Marcus Cloer was born in Iredell County, North Carolina to John B. and Agatha S. Cloer in about 1828. He had three known siblings: John, Sarah, and Nicholas. He married Susannah Ledford on November 17, 1856, and the couple had five children: Sarah (born 1857), Jacob (born 1859), Eugenia (born 1861), John (born 1864), and Marina (born 1866). During the Civil War, William Cloer served as a private with the 62nd North Carolina Infantry, which operated in Western North Carolina and Eastern Tennessee. Most of the regiment surrendered at Cumberland Gap in September of 1863. Those who did not reorganized the unit in 1864 and continuted to fight until the end of the war. Cloer's individual fate is, unfortunately, currently unknown.


Collection consists of single folder.

Acquisition Note

The University of Tennessee Libraries, Knoxville, Special Collections purchased this collection on April 6, 2006.

Repository Details

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

University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA