Sgt. Tighlman H. Jones, 59th Ill. Vol. Inf., was mortally wounded in the fighting around Nashville late in 1864. The letters in this collection, also available on microfilm, were exchanged between Jones and his family. Writing from Missouri, Arkansas, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Georgia, he describes the countryside and cities that he saw, the nature of his regiment's marches, and the battles of Murfreesboro and Atlanta. He comments on political matters, such as the Copperheads, and reports on the politics and occasional drunkenness of Union officers. The collection also contains two diaries kept by Jones in 1863-64, in which he reported on fighting and camp life, inventoried his equipment and clothing, sketched fortifications and artillery, and kept track of the letters he sent and received.
Delcie Harper of Yale, Jasper County, Ill., gave the collection to the University of Illinois in 1955.