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The George W. Beidelman Collection holds its most significant information in letters written by George to his father, Jacob. In these letters, George shares his political opinions, religious beliefs, and camp-life descriptions. The core of the collection is the correspondence from August 1, 1862 until November 18, 1862, in which George writes diary-like entries to his father, recounting each day’s activities. Accounts of the fighting at Ball’s Bluff and Fredericksburg are the most detailed battle descriptions. However, the collection’s strength is in George’s astute observations regarding camp life and the political aspects of the war.

In addition to letters written by George to his father, the collection includes letters to George from his father, brother, friends and fellow soldiers; various Army and United States Government documents pertaining mostly to George’s death; a newspaper clipping of a letter to the editor written by George; and the creative writings of George.

The collection is arranged chronologically with the bulk of the material being from 1860-1864.

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Publication Date

April 2002


Civil War, 71st Pennsylvania Volunteers, Ball's Bluff, Battle of Gettysburg, Civil War hospital, Quartermaster Corps, typhoid, California Regiment, Seven Days Battle, Battle of Antietam, Battle of the Wilderness, Cold Harbor, Battle of Fair Oaks, Civil War camp life, Civil War correspondence


History | History of Religion | Military History | Social History | United States History

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Finding Aid

MS-043: George Washington Beidelman Collection