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John W. Fox Collection

Identifier: MS-2139

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John W. Fox writes to Watson R. Anderson of the 102nd Ohio Volunteer Infantry from Head-Quarters in the District of Tennessee, Nashville, Tennessee. His letter details a sermon that he had previously attended and one that he hoped to attend, wherein the speaker was to be Rev. Col. Davisson.

Accompanying the letter is an original Civil War newspaper clipping dated April 1, 1863, which carries the text of a letter written by Private Fox from Clarksville, Tennessee on February 19, 1863. He describes a soldier's life, its disappointments, deprivations and death in a few short sentences. He continues in quoting scripture that sustains him in the conviction to have full faith in God, while those around him quote the expression, No one can be a Christian in the army.


  • 1864

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This collection consists of one original letter and one reprinted letter written by John W. Fox that discuss his life in the army and his religious faith.

Biographical/Historical Note

The unit that John W. Fox is serving in is not identified. John W. Fox writes to Watson R. Anderson, a corporal in Company K of the 102nd Ohio Infantry Regiments. The 102nd Regiment Infantry organized at Mansfield, Ohio and mustered in August 18, 1862. Engaged in the defense of the line of the Tennessee River from Stevenson to Seven Mile Island June 10-September 1. Duty on cars protecting Tennessee & Alabama Railroad from Decatur, Ala., to Columbia, Tenn., September 1-15. Action at Athens September 23-24.


Collection consists of a single folder.

Acquisition Note

The Special Collections Library purchased this collection in February of 2004.

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