James C. Alden letters
Scope and Contents note
Three letters photocopied, written by Confederate solider Joseph C. Alden to his wife, Jemima, from Fort Pillow, Tennessee, during the Civil War. The letters are dated February 8, 1863, July 29, 1863, and August 28, 1863.
The February 8th letter describes the capture of Cushman, a guerilla; the burning of Cushman's home; and some tormenting he received from the boys. It also talks about a parade, a little boy named Billy Richardson who became drum major, and a hurried whiskey-bottle-hiding incident.
The July 29 letter talks about the sun's heat, the purchase and arrival of Capt Stoot's sword, petitions to Colonel Wolfe, and other topics.
The August 28 letter discusses Alden's chills that make him feel very disagreeable and cross, problems trying to get a crowd of men to enter his house one at a time, the weather, his new horse, a request for a new quill pen when Jemima comes, and a complaint: I don't like this place-- it is hard and poor pay.
- Alden, James C. (Person)
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Open for public research.
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It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the Joseph C. Alden letters must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.
Joseph C. Alden was a Confederate soldier in the American Civil War.
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Language of Materials
Three letters from John C. Alden to his wife, written during the Civil War, 1863.
Custodial History note
Donated by Laurel Crenshaw in 1991.
Immediate Source of Acquisition note
Donated; Laurel Crenshaw; 1991.
Utah and the American West and LDS cultural, social, and religious history (19th century Western & Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy).
Processing Information note
Processed; H. Christine Broomhead; 9 May 2007.
- Fort Pillow (Tenn.) -- History -- Sources
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- Politics, Government, and Law
- Soldiers -- Indiana -- Correspondence
- Tennessee -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865
- United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Sources
- United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Underground movements
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- 2011 June 13
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- Finding aid written in English in Latin script.