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Ezra Decker Letter

 Collection
Identifier: MS-2984

This collection houses a letter written by Ohio artilleryman Ezra Decker to Job Sweet. Decker was sick when he wrote the letter, which contains rumors about the war coming to an end and speculation as to Confederate troop movements after the impending fall of Richmond. Decker believes that Robert E. Lee and the remainder of the Confederate Army will raid Knoxville, Tennessee, where his unit was stationed at the time.

Dates

  • 1865 March 17

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 contains a letter written by Ohio artilleryman Ezra Decker to Job Sweet. Decker was sick when he wrote the letter, which contains rumors about the war coming to an end and speculation as to Confederate troop movements after the impending fall of Richmond.

Biographical/Historical Note

Ezra Decker was born in New York in September of 1823. He married Johanna (last name unknown) in about 1843, and the couple had three children: Marcus, Esther, and Clark. When the Civil War broke out, Decker enlisted in Company B of the First Ohio Heavy Artillery Regiment as a Private. He served until May 30, 1865 when he mustered out with the rest of the unit in Cleveland. Decker and his wife later moved to Gratiot County, Michigan. He most likely died there in or about 1904, as his pension was paid to his widow after that year.

Arrangement

This collection consists of a single folder.

Acquisition Note

The University of Tennessee Libraries, Knoxville, Special Collections purchased this letter.

Repository Details

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

Contact:
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA
865-974-4480