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Lide Bostwick Letter

 Collection
Identifier: MS-2132

In this letter, Lide Bostwick discusses life on the northern home front during the Civil War. She mentions illnesses and deaths in the family (including the death of her brother Tip at the Battle of Stones River), her concerns for family and friends in the military, and the harm that northern traitors are causing.

Dates

  • 1861 April 12

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

In this letter, Lide Bostwick discusses life on the northern home front during the Civil War. She mentions illnesses and deaths in the family (including the death of her brother Tip at the Battle of Stones River), her concerns for family and friends in the military, and the harm that northern traitors are causing.

Biographical/Historical Note

Eliza Leonard Lide Bostwick was born to Frederick Carter and Eliza (Leonard) Bostwick in Orwell, Vermont on September 20, 1841. She was one of six children, including Jane (Bostwick) Leach (1833-), Julius C. (1835-1864), William Henry (1837-1862), Frederick Carter (1843-1938), and Lucy (Bostwick) Drury (1847-1916). Lide Bostwick married John Milton Nicodemus on December 27, 1865 in Mount Sterling, Ohio and the couple had three children, Howard, Maud (Nicodemus) Thompson (1871-1940), and Frederick (1876-1877). Lide Nicodemus died of heart disease in Columbus, Ohio on June 29, 1928 and is buried in Mount Sterling, Ohio.

Two of Lide Bostwick's brothers perished during the Civil War. The first, William Henry Tip Bostwick, enlisted in the 13th Ohio Volunteer Infantry as a Corporal on June 26, 1861. He was killed in action at the Battle of Stones River on December 13, 1862. The other, Julius Bostwick, was married to the former Elizabeth Jones and had two sons, Charles and Julius, when he enlisted in the 113th Ohio Volunteer Infantry as a 2nd Lieutenant on August 13, 1862. He was promoted to 1st Lieutenant on January 28, 1863 and died of disease in Columbus, Ohio on March 15, 1864.

Arrangement

This collection consists of a single folder.

Acquisition Note

Special Collections purchased this letter in March of 2004.

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