This collection contains photostats of three letters written by soldiers and collected by Sgt. George O. Jewett in the 17th Mass. Vol. Inf. during the Civil War. The letters discuss military daily life events including marching, morale, drunkenness among soldiers, and provost duties in cities. The soldiers also express their views on politics regarding conscription, the effectiveness of the Emancipation Proclamation, the use of black troops, and the issue of upholding the Constitution during the war.
The original letters are located in the George D. Jewett Papers in the Library of Congress.