Mathewson family collection  1796-1840
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Collection Scope and Content Note

This collection (8 items) is made up of correspondence, maps, and a toast. John M. Sharp, a resident of Delavan, Wisconsin, received 6 letters pertaining to his friends' service in the Union Army during the Civil War. John R. Siperly of the 22nd Wisconsin Infantry Regiment wrote 3 letters from Murfreesboro, Tennessee, and "Fort Overall" between July 10, 1863, and February 1, 1864. He discussed his unit's movements through Kentucky and Tennessee; described Franklin, Tennessee, where he was stationed for a time; commented on war news; and provided news of his regiment and its officers. His letters also refer to skirmishes against Confederate troops, shared his negative opinion about the Copperhead political movement, and mentioned his belief that Confederate troops had become demoralized.

Milton A. Goff of the 2nd Wisconsin Cavalry Regiment wrote 3 letters to John Sharp from Vicksburg, Mississippi, and Memphis, Tennessee, between October 22, [1864], and February 22, [1865]. He mentioned the hardships he suffered after his regiment had been shipwrecked near New Madrid, Missouri, en route to Vicksburg, and after being stranded without rations during a raid in Louisiana. He also described several actions against Confederate troops and commented on his regiment's efforts to enlist African Americans.

The remaining items are 2 undated manuscript maps showing land along the Mississippi River and land in southeast Minnesota, both enclosed in an envelope addressed to R. J. A. McGowan of the 5th Wisconsin Volunteers, and an undated toast celebrating Ulysses S. Grant's presidency.

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