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John Reed Civil War letters
0.21 Linear feet
The collection consists of letters (originals and photocopies) written by Reed back to his family in Iowa.
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.
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.
This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
United States. Army. Iowa Infantry Regiment, 18th.
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Non-circulating; In-house use only.
John Reed Civil War letters, MSS.06.24, Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, Arkansas Studies Institute
Donated by Chuck Hanselmann (2006) and Paul Dolle (2009)