“Campaign Front of Atlanta GA”

In this undated letter (estimated to be early August 1864) from Robert Patterson to his younger brother Stephen, Robert writes about life in the trenches outside of Atlanta.  In particular he notes that he had not received a letter for quite some time and had come to the conclusion that “you had all forgotten me” and that “nothing is looked for so anxiously as the mail and always feel disappointed if we do not get something in it.

Robert writes about several events in his letter.  First, General Hooker’s resignation from the Army.  Major General James B. McPherson, Commander of the Army of the Tennessee, was killed in action on July 22 during the battle of Atlanta.  General Sherman selected Major General Oliver Howard to replace McPherson, who was junior in rank to General Hooker.  Hooker submitted his resignation in protest, which was accepted.  Robert notes in his letter that the resignation was justified and he “would rather see him go than to submit to such gross injustice.”  He further noted that General Hooker was very popular with his men.  Second, Robert notes that they have been lying behind their fortifications outside Atlanta for 11 days with both sides shooting at each other night and day.  He also notes that they had “bad luck” with their cavalry under General McCook.  They were in the rear of the Rebel army destroying railroad track and telegraph lines, and had captured 500 wagons, when they were attacked and all but 200 men captured.

Robert closes his letter with “this being under fire all the time is about as exhausting on the men as marching” and since they have no way to wash they are very dirty.

Transcript of Robert Patterson letter, undated.















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Upcoming Event: Huffman Prairie Aviation History Society Meeting on August 4, 2014

The next meeting of the Huffman Prairie Aviation History Society will take place this coming Monday, August 4, 2014, at 7:00 p.m.

At this month’s meeting, Don Willis will present “To the Moon and Back” (view PDF flyer).

The meeting and presentation will take place at the Huffman Prairie Flying Field Interpretive Center at 2380 Memorial Road (intersection of State Route 444 and Kauffman Road), Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. There is ample free parking, and light refreshments will be provided.

You can view the upcoming schedule of meetings and speakers anytime at :  http://www.libraries.wright.edu/community/outofthebox/events/huffman-prairie-aviation-history-society/.

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New and Updated Collections Available for Research

We have new manuscript collections available for research!  Click on the links to view the complete online (PDF) finding aids.

The following new collections were recently arranged and described and are now available for research:

  • Lovetta R. Blanke Collection (MS-472)
  • Wayne Pittman Aviation Postcard Collection (MS-487)
  • H. Allen Sullivan Air Force Aviation Scrapbook (MS-488)
  • Homer and Elsie Hardy Collection (MS-489)
  • Ivan & the Sabers / The Lemon Piper Collection (MS-490)
  • Army Air Corps Recruitment Booklets (SC-294)

Additional materials were recently processed into the following existing collections, so you might want to take another look at them:

  • Sertoma Club of Dayton Records (MS-106): minutes, bulletins, newsletters, and correspondence
  • Friday Afternoon Club Records (MS-290): Additions to minutes and abstracts, clippings, photographs, and certificates
  • Air Force Association, Wright Memorial Chapter, Records (MS-351): approximately 4 linear feet of additions to Administrative, Community Activities, Publications, and Photographs series
  • St. Anne’s Hill Historic Society Collection (MS-400): 7 linear feet of additions, primarily administrative & news clippings
  • Inland Children’s Chorus (MS-432): 0.5 linear feet of additions

New and improved finding aids are now available for:

  • United Spanish War Veterans, Post 8 Records (MS-13)
  • Grand Army of the Republic, Post 41 Records (MS-14)
  • Minster Loan and Savings Company Records (MS-15)
  • West Liberty Wheel Company (MS-16): additions to historical note
  • Logan County Agricultural Society Records (MS-18): historical note added
  • Logan County Business Records (MS-21)
  • Alice Griffith Carr Papers (MS-135): revised collection span dates
  • Dayton-Wright Airplane Company Photographs (MS-152)
  • Dayton Philharmonic Women’s Organization Records (MS-183)
  • Richard Fullerton/ Jane Reece Collection (MS-185)
  • Rike’s Historical Collection (MS-189)
  • George Watson Family Papers (MS-191)
  • Andrew S. Iddings Wright Brothers Homecoming Collection (MS-192)
  • Charles Harris Papers (MS-194)
  • Dayton City Beautiful Council Records (MS-195)
  • Greater Springfield and Clark County Association (MS-197)
  • Adam Schantz, Sr., Estate Records (MS-200)
  • Dayton Electric Railway Historical Collection (MS-209)
  • Kenneth J. Crim Papers (MS-211)
  • Ringelblum Collection of Oral History Memoirs of the Holocaust Records (MS-215)
  • William C. Lambert Papers (MS-221)
  • Patterson Family Papers (MS-236)
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