Archive Record

Object Name Image, Digital
Catalog Number 2015.001.078
Collection Matthew C. Miller Digital Collection
Description Digitized letter from Smith M. Logan, a Union soldier of the 20th Battery, Indiana Volunteers, to Mr. and Mrs. Leedy dated December 29, 1864, written from Chattanooga.

Logan mentions that their last letter to him took a month and a day to reach him. He says he and 16 others were left in camp in Chattanooga to guard the horses and other gear while the rest of the Battery is fighting in the 1864 Tennessee campaign, with battles in Nashville, Franklin and Murfreesboro. He says they are on half rations since the road has been cut, but his health is good. He says he doesn't have much work at present, but when the Battery returns they'll be very busy building stables. He mentions that Sherman has taken Savannah, taking 12,000 rebel prisoners, and with Gen. Hood losing 15,000 men in Tennessee, that makes 27,000 men lost to the Confederates. Even so, Lincoln wants additional 300,000 men by February 15, 1865.

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Date 1864
Dates of Creation December 29, 1864
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Accession number 2015.001