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The collection consists of 28 letters written by Joseph G. Patterson to his mother and father, written between April 1862 and January 3, 1863. The bulk of the letters were written in April, July and October. One letter is addressed to his brother, John. The letters include a patriotic boy-soldier's first hand account of camp life, his wish to continue his education once he is no longer serving in the army, and information about cousins and friends who are also serving in the army, and with whom he gets to meet occasionally. The letters are arranged chronologically.

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Publication Date

July 2001


Civil War, Army of the Potomac, 90th Pennsylvania Infantry, Mudd March, veteran


History | Military History | United States History

Document Type

Finding Aid

MS-025: Joseph G. Patterson, Company G, 90th Regiment Pennsylvania Infantry