James Fowler Rusling Letter
The correspondence letter written on November 24 of 1864 by James Fowler Rusling (1834-1918) was sent to Captain Fletcher E. Marsh in the “F” Co. Michigan’s 19th Infantry, detailing the split rebel forces (numbering sixty) under General Hood as they crossed the Harpeth River during the Civil War in Beech Grove (Tennessee). Rusling wrote of mounted rebel men taking Dr. John S. Dixon from his home to help them find their way to the Harpeth River and releasing him afterwards. Captain Rusling described the rebel collection of canoes and skiffs so the men could cross the Harpeth River. Lastly, Rusling requested advice on how to proceed with the rebels from Captain Marsh.
- 1864 November 24
The material in this collection is in English.
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The collection contains a letter written by Captain James Fowler Rusling (1834-1918) of the 17th U.S.C.T in Beech Grove, Tennessee to Captain Marsh of the "F" Co. MI 19th Infantry. The correspondence discusses rebel troop movements across the Harpeth River under General Hood in 1864.
James Fowler Rusling was born in 1834 in Washington, NJ. At the time of this letter, he was a captain of the Commanding Company 17th U.S.C.T during the Civil War (1861-1865). James Rusling was awarded the title of Colonel in the year 1865. Rusling died in 1918 in Trenton, NJ.
This collection was purchased in 2012.
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