Manuscripts Division
William L. Clements Library
University of Michigan

Finding aid for
Elliot N. and Henry M. Bush papers, 1863-1864

James S. Schoff Civil War Collection

Finding aid created by
Rob S. Cox, October 1994

Summary Information
Title: Elliot N. and Henry M. Bush papers
Creator: Bush family
Inclusive dates: 1863-1864
Extent: 6 items
Abstract:
Elliot and Henry Bush, brothers who served in the 95th Illinois Infantry, wrote several letters home regarding the operations of the regiment in Mississippi and Tennessee.
Language: The material is in English.
Repository: William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan
909 S. University Ave.
The University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1190
Phone: 734-764-2347
Web Site: www.clements.umich.edu


Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

1988. M-2422.

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open to research.

Copyright:

Copyright status is unknown.

Preferred Citation:

Elliot N. and Henry M. Bush Papers, James S. Schoff Civil War Collection, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan


Biography

Bush, Elliot N., d. 1864

Rank : Capt.

Regiment : 95th Illinois Infantry Regiment. Co. G (1862-1865)

Service : 1862 September 4-1864 June 10

Bush, Henry M.

Rank : 1st Lt.

Regiment : 95th Illinois Infantry Regiment (1862-1865)

Service : 1862 September 4-1864 June 10

The Bush brothers served in the 95th Illinois Infantry from the time of its formation in September 1862. Elliot Bush was Captain of Co. G, while Henry Bush, a 1st Lieut., appears to have been assigned to duty as brigade commissary before being promoted to Captain following Elliot's death at Guntown, Miss.


Collection Scope and Content Note

The six Bush letters in the collection represent a small part of their correspondence to relatives at home, relating to the operations of the 95th Illinois in Mississippi and Tennessee. Both brothers are exceptionally well written and reflective, and there must originally have been a far greater number of letters. Each of Elliot Bush's four letters, in particular, is a gem, from his first, in which he writes about tough conditions on the march in Mississippi, about parrying with Van Dorn's cavalry near Holly Springs, and the desire of soldiers in his company for destroying and pillaging rebel property and his duty, as an officer, to prevent them; to his last, in which he describes the effect of Union occupation on the women and men of Natchez, Miss.

Perhaps the best letter in this small collection is the one in which Elliot describes the fortifications at Vicksburg, the thoughts that run through his mind during battle, conditions inside the town, and an armistice during which Confederate and Union soldiers mingled, sharing canteens and locating relatives and neighbours in the opposing army.

Subject Terms

    Subjects:
    • United States. Army. Illinois Infantry Regiment, 95th (1862-1865)
    • United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865.
    • Mississippi--History--Civil War, 1861-1865.
    • Vicksburg (Miss.)--History--Siege, 1863.
    Contributors:
    • Bush, Elliot N., d. 1864.
    • Bush, Henry M.
    Contents List
    Container / Location Title
    Box   40, Schoff Civil War Collection
    Elliot N. and Henry M. Bush papers,  1863 January 6-1864 December 6 [series]
    Additional Descriptive Data
    Bibliography

    Wood, Wales W. A History of the Ninety-Fifth Regiment, Illinois Infantry Volunteers (Chicago, 1865)

    Partial Subject Index
    Armistices--Mississippi--Vicksburg.
    • 1863 May 29, (Bush, Elliot N.)
    Bush, Elliot N. (d. 1864)
    • 1863 April 8, (Bush, Henry M.)
    Bush, Elliot N. (d. 1864)--Death and burial.
    • 1864 December 6, (Bush, Henry M.)
    Bush, Henry M.
    • 1863 January 6, (Bush, Elliot N.)
    Civilians--Mississippi--Civil War, 1861-1865.
    • 1863 January 6, (Bush, Elliot N.)
    • 1863 Sept. 13, (Bush, Elliot N.)
    Food.
    • 1863 January 6, (Bush, Elliot N.)
    Foraging.
    • 1863 January 6, (Bush, Elliot N.)
    Funeral rites and services.
    • 1863 April 8, (Bush, Henry M.)
    Holly Springs (Miss.), Battle of, 1862.
    • 1863 January 6, (Bush, Elliot N.)
    Homesickness.
    • 1863 Sept. 13, (Bush, Elliot N.)
    Malaria.
    • 1864 December 6, (Bush, Henry M.)
    Military occupation--Mississippi--Natchez.
    • 1863 Sept. 13, (Bush, Elliot N.)
    Mississippi--History--Civil War, 1861-1865.
    • 1863 January 6, (Bush, Elliot N.)
    • 1863 Sept. 13, (Bush, Elliot N.)
    Pillage.
    • 1863 January 6, (Bush, Elliot N.)
    Soldiers' camaraderie.
    • 1863 May 29, (Bush, Elliot N.)
    Temperance.
    • 1863 April 8, (Bush, Henry M.)
    United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Casualties (Statistics, etc.)
    • 1863 May 29, (Bush, Elliot N.)
    United States. Army--Officers.
    • 1863 January 6, (Bush, Elliot N.)
    United States. Army--Supplies and stores.
    • 1863 January 6, (Bush, Elliot N.)
    Van Dorn, Earl (1820-1863)
    • 1863 January 6, (Bush, Elliot N.)
    Vicksburg (Miss.)
    • 1863 May 29, (Bush, Elliot N.)
    Vicksburg (Miss.)--History--Siege, 1863.
    • 1863 May 29, (Bush, Elliot N.)
    War.
    • 1863 May 29, (Bush, Elliot N.)
    Women--Mississippi--Natchez.
    • 1863 Sept. 13, (Bush, Elliot N.)