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George Morris Letters

 Collection
Identifier: MS-3028

This collection contains three letters from George Morris to his wife Rowena and to his parents. The first, dated February 13, 1863 and addressed to his wife, mentions gaining weight, inquires if she received his pay, and discusses the price of lumber in Kentucky. Morris also wrote letter to his parents on the same sheet of paper discussing troop movements and rumors at home about him and about the war. The second letter, dated August 22, 1863 and addressed to Rowena, discusses troop movements, army pay and food, and the evils of debauchery, including whiskey and bad women. The third letter, dated July 11, 1864 and addressed to Rowena, details his position as a bridge guard.

Dates

  • 1863-1864

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Conditions Governing Use

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Extent

0.1 Linear Feet

Abstract

This collection contains three letters from George Morris to his wife Rowena and to his parents dating from 1863 to 1864. They discuss troop movements, life in the army, and his position as bridge guard or builder.

Biographical/Historical Note

George Morris was born around 1838 in England, and he married Rowena West. During the Civil War, Morris fought with Company F of the 22nd Michigan Infantry. He enlisted on August 9, 1862, at Lapeer, Michigan, as a private but received a promotion to corporal on January 1, 1865. The regiment mustered out on June 26, 1865, at Nashville, Tennessee. Morris died around 1880 in Lapeer, Michigan, of a liver inflammation.

The 22nd Michigan Infantry mustered into service on August 29, 1862 at Pontiac, Michigan. Six days later, the regiment moved to Kentucky and joined with the Army of the Cumberland. They held duty at Lexington, Kentucky, until March 21, 1863. After several skirmishes, the regiment marched in mid-April to Nashville, Tennessee, where they guarded the railroad until September 5. The 22nd Infantry fought in the Battle of Chickamauga, September 19-21, and participated in the Siege of Chattanooga, Tennessee, September 24-November 23, during which time they built a road to Brown's Ferry and laid a pontoon bridge for Sherman's army. They fought during the Battle of Chattanooga, November 23-25, then built storehouses and engaged in engineer duty until May 26, 1864. They participated in the Atlanta Campaign and operations about Marietta, Georgia, at Kenesaw, and at the Chattahoochie River (July 5-17), among others. Next, they took part in the Siege of Atlanta, July 22-August 25, and the Battle of Jonesboro, August 31-September 1, before moving back to Chattanooga, Tennessee until April 1, 1865. The regiment finally mustered out on June 26, 1865, at Nashville, Tennessee. In the total death count, the regiment lost 89 soldiers to mortal wounds and 310 to disease.

Arrangement

Collection consists of a single folder.

Acquisition Note

Collection purchased by the UTK Special Collections Library in January 2007.

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