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Joseph P. VanNest Civil War letter

Joseph P. VanNest Civil War Letter

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Finding aid for the Joseph P. VanNest Civil War Letter

MSS.11.109

Butler Center for Arkansas Studies
100 Rock Street
Little Rock, Arkansas, 72201
(501) 320-5700



Repository: Butler Center for Arkansas Studies
Creator:VanNest, Joseph, 1841-1905
Title: Joseph P. VanNest Civil War Letter
Dates: 1864
Quantity: 0.21 Linear feet
Abstract:This collection contains a letter written by Joseph P. VanNest to his son John G. VanNest, from St. Charles, Arkansas, while he was serving with the 120th Ohio Infantry Regiment.
Identification: MSS.11.109
Language: English

Arrangement

This collection is contained in two files.


Scope and Contents

This collection contains a letter written by Joseph P. VanNest to his son John G. VanNest, from St. Charles, Arkansas, while he was serving with the 120th Ohio Infantry Regiment.


Biographical Information

Joseph P. VanNest was born August 6, 1841, in Ashland, Ohio, to John and Sarah VanNest. Joseph worked with his father as a harness maker. He married Mary Gardner in October 1861, and their son John was born in April 1862. Coming from a family with strong Democratic political views, VanNest decided to enlist in the army in the summer of 1862, in spite of having a very young child. He served first in the 120th Ohio Infantry, and in November 1864, he transferred to the 114th Ohio Infantry. He wrote the letter in this collection to John when his son was two years old, while the 120th was on an expedition from Helena to the White River and St. Charles, Arkansas. Addressing John as though he were an adult, VanNest expresses his disillusionment with the political situation and with Lincoln. Following his discharge in June 1865, VanNest returned to work as a harness maker, and later became an insurance agent. He died in April 1905.


Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

Arkansas -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865.
Ashland County (Ohio)
St. Charles (Ark.)
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865.
United States. Army. Ohio Infantry Regiment, 114th. (1862-1865)
United States. Army. Ohio Infantry Regiment, 120th. (1862-1864)
VanNest, John G., 1862-1940
VanNest, Joseph, 1841-1905
Wayne County (Ohio)

Restrictions

Restirctions on Access

Unrestricted access.

Restrictions on Use

Non-circulating, in-house use only.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Joseph P. VanNest Civil War Letter, MSS 11.109, Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, Arkansas Studies Institute

Acquisition Information

Purchased, 2011


Related Material

A collection of the papers of Joseph P. VanNest is at the Indiana Historical Society.


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