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Aunt Rachel Writes William

On April 5, 1863, Rachel Reynolds, William Patterson’s aunt, wrote William about the death of his father, Jefferson Patterson and his sister, Kate.  In the letter, Rachel expresses her sympathy and that she was pleased to hear that William was given 20 … Continue reading

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The 1st OVI at the Battle of Stones River

The Army of the Cumberland, under Major General William S. Rosecrans, had been camped outside of Nashville, Tennessee since November 16, 1862.  On December 26 General Rosecrans ordered the army south from Nashville toward Murfreesboro, Tennessee, to drive Confederate General … Continue reading

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William in Kentucky

Kentucky was very important during the Civil War.  Abraham Lincoln noted that “I think to lose Kentucky is nearly the same as to lose the whole game.”  If Kentucky was lost, Lincoln felt that the Union could not hold Missouri … Continue reading

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