This collection mainly contains photocopies of letters between Union soldiers and their families. John Mifflin and Little Absher, Co. H, 128th Ill. Vol. Inf., received letters from their wives in 1862. Mifflin was later transferred to Co. C, 9th Ill., according to an 1864 letter. There are also letters from and pertaining to James H. Bowman, Co. E, 41st Ill., and Andrew T. Fiester, a native Ohioan who lived in New Orleans and fought for the Confederacy in the 4th La. Inf. In addition, the collection contains a letter of Oct. 29, 1863 from Maj. Gen. John A. Logan to Bowman's brother-in-law, Andrew Musgrave, regarding the possible transfer of his son. A brief description of each family is included with the letters.
Mr. and Mrs. H. Ohert Anderson of Ridgway, Ill., loaned the letters to the Survey for photocopying in 1973.