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Knoxville Civil War Correspondence Collection

 Collection
Identifier: MS-3711

This collection consists of five correspondences written by soldiers of the 16th and the 104th Ohio Infantry during the Civil War. The correspondences are dated 1862-1864 and were all written in and around Knoxville. The correspondences concern the siege of Knoxville and other battles during the Knoxville Campaign.

Dates

  • 1862-1864

Language

The material in this collection is in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Manuscript and University Archives collections are stored offsite, and a minimum of 24 hours is 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 five correspondences written by soldiers of the 16th and the 104th Ohio Infantry during the Civil War. The correspondences are dated 1862-1864 and were all written in and around Knoxville. The correspondences concern the siege of Knoxville and other battles during the Knoxville Campaign.

Biographical/Historical Note

The authors of the correspondences are listed below:

Cushman Cunningham enlisted as an Adjutant on November 25, 1861 at the age of 29. He was immediately commissioned into Field and Staff of the Ohio 16th Infantry. Cunningham was promoted to Captain on October 7, 1862 and then transferred from the Field and Staff to company F.

Andrew J. Moon enlisted as Private at the age of 20 on August 13, 1862. He served in the Ohio 104th Infantry, but he was discharged for wounds three years later on May 18, 1865.

No biographical information found on William H. Dennis.

The siege of Knoxville was part of the Knoxville Campaign, a series of American Civil War battles and maneuvers in East Tennessee during the fall of 1863. Union forces under Major General Ambrose Burnside occupied Knoxville, Tennessee, and Confederate forces under Lieutenant General James Longstreet were detached from General Braxton Bragg's Army of Tennessee at Chattanooga to prevent Burnside's reinforcement of the besieged Union forces there. Although Longstreet was one of General Robert E. Lee's best corps commanders in the East, he was unsuccessful in his role as an independent commander in the West and accomplished little during the campaign in East Tennessee.

Acquisition Note

Special Collections purchased these materials in 2013.

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