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L. T. Mathews Letter

Identifier: MS-2169

  • Staff Only

Mathews writes concerning his homesickness and how the war changes a Union soldier's thoughts and behaviors.


  • 1863 November 7

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0.1 Linear Feet


In this letter, Mathews tells his wife of his homesickness and of how the war changes a soldier's thoughts and behaviors.

Biographical/Historical Note

The only L. T. Matthews (no Mathews) listed as a union soldier on the National Park Service Civil War Soldiers and Sailors list is Lawson T. Matthews a private in the 17th Regiment, Kentucky Infantry Company A.

The 17th Regiment, Kentucky Infantry was organized at Hartford and Calhoun, Ky., September to December, 1861. The regiment was attached to several army divisions, including the 3rd Division, 21st Army Corps, Army of the Cumberland from March to October 1863, and the 3rd Brigade, 3rd Division, 4th Army Corps, until January 1865. During the time Mathews (or Matthews) wrote his letter, the 17th Regiment was involved in the Siege of Chattanooga, Tenn., from September 24-November 23, 1863.


Collection consists of a single folder.

Acquisition Note

The Special Collections Library purchased this collection in December 2003.

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