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Perry Norton Letter

Identifier: MS-2234

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In a March 12, 1864 letter to his sister in Spafford, N.Y., Private Perry Norton of the 149th New York Infantry informs her that he is currently in Anderson, Tenn., guarding the railroad. He also notes that his regiment may be ordered to return to the Army of the Potomac.


  • 1864 March 12

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In a March 12, 1864 letter from Anderson, Tenn., to his sister in Spafford, N.Y., Private Perry Norton of the 149th New York Infantry writes to inform her of his condition and pass on a rumor that his regiment may return to the Army of the Potomac.

Biographical/Historical Note

Perry Norton served as a private with the 149th New York Infantry, which was organized at Syracuse and mustered in on September 18, 1862. This regiment saw action at the Battles of Chancellorsville and Gettysburg before being transferred to the Army of the Cumberland in late 1863. Then, the 149th fought in the Chattanooga-Ringgold Campaign and participated in the occupation of Atlanta. They also played a part in Sherman's March to the Sea, laying siege to Savannah and operating in the Campaign of the Carolinas. The regiment was mustered out on June 12, 1865.


Collection consists of a single folder.

Acquisition Note

This collection was purchased by Special Collections in March 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