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William J. Ricketts Letters

 Collection
Identifier: MS-3461

This collection consists of six letters that William J. Ricketts wrote to his parents in Wales, Massachusetts from October 2, 1863 to March 15, 1864. In them, he discusses camp life, poor rations, being hospitalized in Knoxville, various battles that his unit has engaged in, marching across Tennessee, citizens forming the National Guard of East Tennessee, and his plans for returning home.

Dates

  • 1863 October 2-1864 March 15

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 six letters that William J. Ricketts wrote to his parents in Wales, Massachusetts from October 2, 1863 to March 15, 1864. In them, he discusses camp life, poor rations, being hospitalized in Knoxville, various battles that his unit has engaged in, marching across Tennessee, citizens forming the National Guard of East Tennessee, and his plans for returning home.

Biographical/Historical Note

William J. Ricketts was born to John and Ann (Stevens) Ricketts near Bath, England in November of 1838. His family emigrated to the United States and settled in Massachusetts when he was three years old. Ricketts worked as a clerk in a country store before enlisting in Company D of the 21st Massachusetts Infantry on August 13, 1861. He was wounded twice, once in Fredricksburg, Virginia in December of 1862 and once in Bethesda Church, Virginia in June of 1864. Ricketts was promoted to Corporal on December 3, 1863 and mustered out on August 30, 1864. After the war, he returned to Massachusetts and married Mary E. Parker on November 26, 1867. The couple had three children: William Luther (1868-), Charles L. (1873-), and George Gardner (1875-1878). William J. Ricketts worked in manufacturing in addition to holding a number of political offices. He died on December 7, 1900.

Arrangement

This collection consists of a single folder.

Acquisition Note

Special Collections purchased these letters April 2010.

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