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Thomas Sleeper Letter

Identifier: MS-2909

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In this letter to his sister Sadie, Thomas Sleeper writes of the monotony of his training in Nashville, Tennessee. He tells of a trip to Louisville, Kentucky on a weekend leave where he was surprised to see that the leaves had not yet turned colors or begun to fall from the trees as they had in Nashville. He writes that there were still uncommonly large flowers blooming.


  • 1864 October 23

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This collection consists of one letter from Union soldier Thomas C. Sleeper to his sister Sadie Sleeper of Millport, New York. Thomas describes the climate of Nashville, Tennessee (where he is stationed for training) and a visit to Louisville, Kentucky on a short leave.

Biographical/Historical Note

Thomas C. Sleeper was born in about 1810 in New Hampshire. He later moved to New York and married his wife, Sarah. The couple had three children: Mary (born about 1835), Charles (born about 1846), and Sarah (born about 1849). Thomas Sleeper died sometime between 1880 and 1890.


Collection consists of a single folder

Acquisition Note

Purchased by Special Collections on June 9, 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