The letters and documents in this digital exhibition come from the collections in the Linda Lear Center for Special Collections & Archives. This collection will eventually include extensive correspondence of nine young men from Connecticut who volunteered for service in the Union army between 1861 and 1863. Seven served until the end of the war. One died of disease and one of food poisoning.
For the first phase of this exhibition, we feature four men who served in Louisiana and the Gulf Coast blockade. In the next phase, we will add the experiences of soldiers in Georgia, South Carolina, and Florida. The third phase will include Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Washington D.C. Finally, over several stages, we will add the battlesites in Virginia. We will also be adding functionality to allow users to browse letters by regiment and by subject area.
This exhibition overlays an 1863 map showing military administrative regions of the United States on a Stamen terrain map. Click on highlighted regions for information about the soldiers who served in the area and links to exhibits of their letters. Or use the links below.