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Emmanuel Cave Letter

Identifier: MS-2158

Emanuel writes of the march that his regiment, the 69th Ohio Infantry, just completed along with the 74th Ohio, 3rd Minnesota and 11th Michigan Regiments: about 400 cavalry. And two batteries of Artillery, all under the command of Brig-Gen Dumont. The expedition was hurried into an eight-day march with only five days of rations. Missing his dear wife, Emanuel hopes that she will write to him soon. Sometimes he feels despondent and tries to keep a brave heart, however, and look forward to the end of this war (which I believe is nearly approaching) with feelings of joy- -and joy because this unnatural, and bloody war of brother against brother, countryman against countryman will cease, and cease forever.


  • 1862 June 19

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0.1 Linear Feet


This collection consists of a letter dated June 19, 1862, from Emmanuel Cave of the 69th Ohio Infantry to his wife Susan. Cave writes of the eight-day march that his regiment just completed.

Biographical/Historical Note

Emanuel Cave was born in August of 1839 in Ohio. In 1861, he married a woman named Susan, and they eventually had two children. Shortly after his marriage, he enlisted in the Union army. He served as a private in Company H of the 69th Ohio Infantry Regiment between 1861 and 1865. This regiment saw extensive action in Tennessee and Georgia, including the Middle Tennessee (or Tullahoma) Campaign and the Atlanta Campaign. After the war, Emanuel Cave returned to his family in Ohio. He died in Circleville (Pickaway County), Ohio on May 15, 1916.


Collection consists of a single letter.

Acquisition Note

Collection was purchased by Special Collections in March 2004.

Repository Details

Part of the Betsey B. Creekmore Special Collections and University Archives, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville Repository

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA