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William R. Lowes letters

Label
William R. Lowes letters, 1861-1864
Title
William R. Lowes letters
Inclusive dates
1861-1864
Creator
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
  • eng
  • eng
Summary
There are 26 items in this collection, all letters with the exception of one small envelope addressed to: "Mrs. Rhoda A. Lowes, Acton, Marion County, Ind." Joe E. Lowes wrote to his brother on September 23, 1861 and said he was gratified to be an uncle of a girl, although his favorite name was Eveline. He tells about a muddy march, but does not say where.D. H. Stoops wrote to Lieutenant Lowes from the City General Hospital in Indianapolis, on July 20, 1864, saying that he and the boys will not be ready for duty for two months or "some never." He said they are bound for the "Condemned Corp." Company G is well represented with ten members in the hospital. They had a fine time while home on furlough. He is sorry to hear that Company G was so badly cut to pieces, and suffer worse than other companies. He says that he likes to hear of the boys' bravery but fears they are too brave for their own good. J. W. Peggs wrote to "Dear Friend" on note paper imprinted: Medical Purveyor's Office, Department of the Cumberland, Nashville. This letter is dated August 31, 1864, and mentions hearing the news that General George McClellan has been nominated by the Democratic National Convention as the presidential candidate to oppose Lincoln. They had some excitement the last two days in regard to General Wheeler. Mr. Peggs has been detailed to General Thomas.The 23 letters to his wife Rhoda, called Rody, are separated into two archival envelopes: 13 letters written in 1862, and 10 letters written in 1864. There are none for 1863 or 1865, He writes about Old Rosy (General Rosecrans) and General Burnside making the Rebels under General Bragg "skedaddle in a hurry." In his letter ofNovember 12, 1862, he wrote that Col. Harrison got off his horse to let sick men ride. His letter of November 18 also praises Colonel Benjamin Harrison, and list many names of men in his unit. William's May 21, 1864 letter lists men killed. He frequently mentions Lizzie (Elizabeth) Lowes as "little pet", along with his wife Rody (Rhoda)
Biographical or historical data
William R. Lowes was a resident of Acton, Marion County, Indiana, and served as a private in Company G, 70th Indiana Regiment in Tennessee and Georgia from 1862 to 1865. The collection includes letters to his wife Rhoda, called "Rody" and letters by other soldiers to William Lowes.The 70th was mustered into service on August 12, 1862 with Colonel Benjamin Harrison in command.The 1880 federal census listed William R. Lowes, age 40, living with his wife Scytha I. Lowes, age 25, and two children: Jessee E., age 13, and James M., 10 months. He was a farmer in Perry, Marion County, Indiana. In 1920, William is listed as 79, with his wife Scytha J., age 64, and Rhoda M. Hughey, age 84. Rhoda M. Hughey applied for a pension as the widow of James A. Hughey.
Cataloging source
ISL
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Lowes, William R
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  • United States
  • United States
  • United States
Label
William R. Lowes letters
Link
https://archives.isl.lib.in.us/repositories/2/resources/2422
Instantiates
Note
Processing Information: Collection processing and finding aid completed during March 2012 by Nikki Stoddard Schofield
Arrangement
This collection is arranged by subject.
Carrier category
unspecified
Carrier category code
zu
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
unspecified
Content type code
zzz
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
21086714
Extent
0.01 Cubic feet
Governing access note
This collection is open for research
Media category
unspecified
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
z
Ownership
This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation.
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocn990267138
  • (OCoLC)990267138
Terms governing use
Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.
Type of unit
1 folder
Label
William R. Lowes letters
Link
https://archives.isl.lib.in.us/repositories/2/resources/2422
Note
Processing Information: Collection processing and finding aid completed during March 2012 by Nikki Stoddard Schofield
Arrangement
This collection is arranged by subject.
Carrier category
unspecified
Carrier category code
zu
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
unspecified
Content type code
zzz
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
21086714
Extent
0.01 Cubic feet
Governing access note
This collection is open for research
Media category
unspecified
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
z
Ownership
This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation.
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocn990267138
  • (OCoLC)990267138
Terms governing use
Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.
Type of unit
1 folder

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