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“Bad News” from William

In this August 26, 1864, William Patterson writes his mother that he has “a little rather bad news.”  His unit has just received orders from Washington, D.C. that no more officers will be mustered out of service. He notes that half … Continue reading

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Camp Whiteside, Tennessee

On August 15, 1864, William Patterson rejoined the 1st OVI at Camp Whiteside, Tennessee — just outside Chattanooga.  In this August 20, 1864 letter to his mother, William reports that five companies have been mustered out, a sixth one will … Continue reading

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“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 … Continue reading

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