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William A. Huddard Papers

Identifier: MS-2119

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The William A. Huddard Papers were comprised by a Union soldier during the Civil War. These letters begin in June of 1861 and conclude in April of 1864. Private Huddard had excellent penmanship and most of his letters to his father are easy to read. All but two of his letters in this collection are well preserved. Huddard describes the First Ohio’s involvement in the battles of Perryville, Stones River (Murfreesboro), and Missionary Ridge. He makes references to the battles of Shiloh, Tullahoma, Corinth, and Knoxville. Most of the letters do not describe military engagements, however. Huddard tells his father of his good health. On several occasions, he informs him that he has actually gained weight and not lost any pounds. Most letters contain a reference to the changing weather conditions. Throughout the collection, Huddard asks his father to write to him and send him supplies, money, stamps, and clothing. Another recurring theme is Huddard’s desire for news, particularly when his regiment is in East Tennessee. Huddard also writes of the hard marches, constant drilling, and the frequent building of defensive positions which included the construction of breastworks and the digging of trenches. Taking it all together, he wrote in early 1862, "I still like a soldier’s life and I hardly think you will see me home until the war is over." Ten letters have been transcribed and these transcriptions are included in the collection.


  • 1861-1864

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This is a collection of sixty-one Civil War letters written by William A. Huddard to his father. The letters begin in June of 1861 and end in April of 1864. Huddard’s letters to his father describe many aspects of life in the western armies during the Civil War. He describes battles, camp life, enemy combatants, the environment, furloughs, his health, rumors, and weather.

Biographical/Historical Note

Private William A. Huddard served in the First Ohio Infantry. He enlisted into Company D. of the First Ohio Infantry on September 9, 1861. By order of the War Department, he was mustered out on August 17, 1864. On May 14, 1864, Private Huddard was wounded at Resaca, Georgia. Huddard’s regiment participated in twenty-four engagements in the western theater during the Civil War. Five hundred and twenty-seven of his colleagues were killed or wounded.


This collection is divided into two series. Series one contains biographical information about Huddard and the 1st Ohio Infantry Regiment. Series two includes all of Huddard’s correspondence in this collection.

Acquisition Note

Collection was purchased.

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