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Charles Steele Documents

 Collection
Identifier: MS-2958

This collection consists of five letters written by Charles Steele, a soldier in Company D of the 53rd Regiment of Indiana Volunteers, between April 1, 1862 and August 10, 1863 in Savannah (Tennessee), Memphis (Tennessee), and Vicksburg (Mississippi) to his mother and sister. In them, Steele describes camp life, relates war news, and inquires about his family and home. In the letter dated August 8, 1863, Steele writes of the defeat of Lee and the fall of Vicksburg and Port Hudson, the retreat of Bragg and Johnson and the repulse of Price.

The collection also contains a letter to Steele's sister from her niece, Maggie, written on May 5, 1862 expressing concern for Charles Steele and a color photocopy of Steele's Compiled Military Service Record (CMSR).

Dates

  • 1862 April 1-1864 March 24

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 five letters written by Charles Steele, a soldier in Company D of the 53rd Regiment of Indiana Volunteers, between April 1, 1862 and August 10, 1863 in Savannah (Tennessee), Memphis (Tennessee), and Vicksburg (Mississippi) to his mother and sister. Also included in this collection is a letter to Steele's sister from her niece, Maggie, expressing concern for Charles Steele, as well as a color photocopy of Steele's Compiled Military Service Record (CMSR).

Biographical/Historical Note

Charles Steele mustered into Company D of the 53rd Regiment of Indiana Volunteers as a corporal on March 1, 1862. Three weeks later, he was reduced to ranks as a private. Steele died of disease on September 5, 1863 in the regimental hospital in Natchez, Mississippi, shortly after the battle of Vicksburg.

Arrangement

This collection consists of one folder.

Acquisition Note

Purchased by Special Collections, October 17, 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