Union soldier’s letters from camps in Texas and Louisiana

Dunban to parents, from Camp Stanley, Victoria, Tex., November 29, 1865

Dunban to parents, from Camp Stanley, Victoria, Tex., November 29, 1865

Newly online!

We are working towards posting all 12 of John R. Dunban’s letters to his family. As of today there are four online, with more to follow.

This collection consists of twelve letters written by Union soldier John R. Dunban to his family in the last years of the Civil War (1864-1865).

The content of the letters is mostly personal but also contains descriptions of the states Dunban was stationed in and news of his regiment. Locations include Headquarters at Blue Springs, Tennessee; Strawberry Plains, Tennessee; Camp Harper, Tennessee; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Camp Harker, Alabama; Camp Jackson, New Orleans; and Camp Stanley, Victoria, Texas.

Dunban writes about war-related issues such as the “dumb ague” sickness, treatment of army deserters, and elections held within the regiment.

The finding aid for the Dunban collection also contains links to the individual letters.

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