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Moses Owen Letter

Identifier: MS-3239

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In this letter dated February 18, 1862, Moses Owen solicits his mother to write more often and to take two dollars and get some stamps with it, since this letter was mailed with his last stamp. He writes, in part, that "our men...captured 15,000 men and 4 generals...they will half to come under before long or will kill all of them..." The letter was composed just after the Battle of Fort Donelson. Three months later, Owen's regiment participated in the advance on Winchester. The regiment was also active at Cross Lanes, Port Republic, Cedar Mountain, Antietam, Chancellorsville, and Gettysburg.

The letter is written on stationery with the patriotic letterhead Liberty and Union, Now and Forever. It also includes the corresponding envelope with a matching emblem of Lady Liberty in front of the American flag subtitled Ever Victorious. The envelope was printed by Edward J. Kenney of Philadelphia, Pa.


  • 1862 February 18

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0.1 Linear Feet


Moses Owen of the 7th Ohio Infantry, Company F, wrote this letter to his mother on February 18, 1862, just after the Battle of Fort Donelson.

Biographical/Historical Note

Moses M. Owen was born on November 4, 1844 to Robert and Polly Owen in Ohio. He mustered into Company F of the 7th Ohio Infantry on June 20, 1861 and mustered out on July 6, 1864. He returned to Ohio, where he married Mary (Detsch) Griffing (1843-1935) and had at least one child. He died in Ohio on September 23, 1920.


This collection consists of a single folder.

Acquisition Note

This collection was purchased on 2007 June 26

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