Typed copies of letters written by Bushnell, a Union soldier during the Civil War in Company B of the 1st Wisconsin Cavalry, to his family in Waitsfield, Vt. Pre-war letters describe his home life near Omro, Wis. and his work as a logger and farmer (wheat being the main crop). Later letters describe his enlistment and training as a soldier, his regiment's movement from Camp Harvey in Kenosha to Helena, Ark., his duties, fellow soldiers' behavior, skirmishes with the enemy, casualties of war, and a near-execution of three Confederate soldiers. Included is a letter written just ten days before his death, and a copy of the General Order informing the Bushnell family of Matthias' death in a battle with the Texas Cavalry. Also included are typed copies of two letters, dating 1858 and 1863, from Orpha Cornelia Bushnell to her family in Waitsfield, Vt. and from Jedediah Bushnell to his son Milo in Omro, Wis.; and photocopies of two photographs of Matthias and his sister, Elvira, with some genealogical notes.
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