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Soldier Alexander B. Richards Civil War Letter

Identifier: MS-3802

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This letter dated February 14, 1864 offers insight to Private Alexander B. Richard’s time in the military; specifically, it details his experience traveling from Chattanooga to fight in the Battle of Fort Sanders, Knoxville, Tenn. which took place on November 29, 1863. The letter is written from Alexander to his sister, Emaline Butcher, born Rachel Emaline Richards, of Murphysboro, Illinois. Richards also details his trek from Chattanooga with H Co. Illinois 27th Infantry.


  • 1864 February 14


This letter is written in English.

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0.1 Linear Feet (1 folder )


Personal correspondence between Union soldier Alexander B. Richards and his sister, Emaline Butcher of Murphysboro, Illinois, dated February 14, 1864. He details the Battle of Knoxville and Fort Sanders (Tenn.) which took place on November 29, 1863 and his trek from Chattanooga with H Co. Illinois 27th Infantry.

Biographical/Historical Note

Alexander B. Richards was born in 1821 in Mercer County, Kentucky. In 1850, he married Mary Ann Garrett in Jackson County, Illinois. In the summer of 1861, he enlisted into the “H” Co. Illinois 27th Infantry as a private for the Union Army in the Civil War. Alexander B. Richards died on February 4, 1879.

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