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Andrew Powell Civil War correspondence, 1862-1865

Preparing the mess

Union soldiers preparing the camp meal

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Civil War camp life with women and children

Woman posed in front of tent with a soldier, three children, and other soldiers in the background

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Location
Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center (Fremont, Ohio) External Link
Background
Andrew Powell served with Company D, 123rd Ohio Volunteers. A resident of Hopewell Township, Seneca County, Ohio, he participated in many small skirmishes and several full-scale battles in Virginia, including the battles of Winchester, New Market, Fisher's Hill, Cedar Creek, and Petersburg.
Contents
One hundred sixty-seven letters written by Powell to his brother, Israel Powell, and other family members in Seneca County, chiefly relating to daily military life, his duties, the campaigns in which he participated, and the near misses encountered, as well as his feelings and opinions of those around him, as well as general events of the day. Of special interest are the first seven letters which provide a rare description of Camp Monroeville and the day-to-day events of a new recruit adjusting to military life. Other places represented include Clarksburg, Martinsburg, and Romney, W. Va., Winchester, Harrisonburg, Cedar Creek, and Richmond, Va., and Sharpsburg and Hagerstown, Md.
Andrew Powell wrote from Camp Monroeville, Ohio, Sept. 20, 1862:
"We can get anything almost we want at the sutles, except strong drink and cider, these are not allowed. The news was circulated that we were to be mustered in today and consequently there are several hundred visitors in camp. There is an abundance of ladies here too, this is a little rare sight to us as we are accustomed to see and be with men only, except from ten to twenty five are in here dayily, but the number today far exceeds that and they are silked and feathered and ribboned up to tip top style, so that they remind us of the gay around home and in Tiffin. There is also an extra band in camp today and their drums and pipes are in almost constant exercise. There was a sword presentation today to Capt Kellogg I believe. There are ten companies in camp now and about 30 recruits to the 55 regiment, so the place is some what lively now. I think we will be mustered in next Monday."

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