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John P. Lathrop Letter

 Collection
Identifier: MS-2968

In this letter to Master Sergeant Curtis Judd, Sergeant John P. Lathrop discusses how much he dislikes war. He talks about how he would rather be a Chief Operator than out in the field fighting. He tells Judd that t"he smell of Gun Powder is Offensive to me ... Never did like the whistle of a bullet of the scream of a shell, yet I endure it."

Dates

  • 1865 January 5

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Extent

0.1 Linear Feet

Abstract

In this letter to Master Sergeant Curtis Judd (postmarked in Clarksville, Tennessee) Lathrop discusses how much he dislikes war. He talks about how he would rather be a Chief Operator than out in the field fighting.

Biographical/Historical Note

John P. Lathrop was born in June of 1839 in New York. When the Civil War broke out, he enlisted first as a commissary sergeant and then as a soldier in Company S of the 129th Illinois Infantry. After his discharge, he moved to Kentucky with his wife, Alice. Lathrop died in or about 1901.

Curtis J. Judd was born to Judson and Corinthia A. Dorman Judd in about 1839 in Massachusetts. He entered Company B of the 129th Illinois Volunteer Infantry as a Sergeant Major in 1862 and mustered out in Washington, D.C., in 1865. After the war, he returned to Illinois but later moved to Massachusetts with his wife, Estelle. He died on June 6, 1927.

Arrangement

This collection consists of one letter.

Acquisition Note

The University of Tennessee Libraries, Knoxville, Special Collections purchased this collection in 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