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George W. Ross Letter

Identifier: MS-2151

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George W. Ross acknowledges the previous letter from Rebecca F. Ross, his sister. He mentions that his health is good and the boys are well except for John Bickell. By informing her of the weather, he lets her know that the gloves she will be sending will help on his nightly courier's duty. George boasts of his cooking skills and jokingly invites her to dinner. He tells of two officers of the 85th Illinois Regiment that surrendered to his unit.


  • 1863 November 15

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0.1 Linear Feet


In this letter to his sister, Rebecca F. Ross, George W. Ross relates news about his service with the Indiana 8th Cavalry.

Biographical/Historical Note

George W. Ross served as a courier in Company G of the Indiana 8th Cavalry. Organized at Indianapolis, Ind., as the 39th Regiment Infantry, August 29, 1861, the unit was known as the -1st Brigade, 2nd Division, 20th Army Corps, Army of the Cumberland until April of 1863. They then formed an unassigned Cavalry Corps in the Army of the Cumberland until October of 1863. Their designation was changed to 8th Cavalry on October 15, 1863. This letter was mailed from Nashville, Tennessee.


Collection consists of a single folder.

Acquisition Note

The Special Collections Library purchased this collection in 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