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John Reed Civil War letters

John Reed Civil War letters

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Finding aid for the John Reed Civil War letters

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

October 2, 2009



Profile Description

Creation: This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2013-11-25T15:59-0600
Language: English

Repository: Butler Center for Arkansas Studies
Creator:Reed, John
Title: John Reed Civil War letters
Dates: 1862-1865
Quantity: 0.21 Linear feet
Abstract:The collection consists of letters (originals and photocopies) written by Reed back to his family in Iowa.
Identification: BC.MSS.06.24
Language: English

Arrangement

The collection is arranged chronologically.

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of letters (originals and photocopies) written by Reed back to his family in Iowa. In the letters he discusses military life in Fort Smith, the effect of the war on civilians, and the plight of African Americans (both free and enslaved). In addition, one of the letters provides a detailed account of the Camden Expedition.


Biographical Information

John Reed, a resident of Afton, Union County, Iowa enlisted in the Union army on July 28, 1862. Reed was twenty-six years old when he was mustered into Company B of the 18th Iowa Infantry. The 18th Iowa was organized at Clinton and saw service in Missouri, Arkansas, and Indian Territory. The regiment made up part of the Frontier Division stationed at Fort Smith. It took an active part in Frederick Steele's Camden Expedition and suffered its heaviest casualties of the war at the battle of Poison Spring. Following the failure of the campaign, the regiment returned to Fort Smith where it engaged in garrison duty until the end of the war.


Index Terms

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

Reed, John
United States. Army. Iowa Infantry Regiment, 18th.

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Unrestricted Access.

Restrictions on Use

Non-circulating; In-house use only.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

John Reed Civil War letters, MSS.06.24, Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, Arkansas Studies Institute

Acquisition Information

Donated by Chuck Hanselmann (2006) and Paul Dolle (2009)


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