James Quigg Civil War Letters
Manuscript & Rare Books Division
Indiana State Library
Finding Aid by: Nikki Stoddard Schofield, December 2011
The 1850 federal census has James, age 7, living with his mother Catharine Quigg in Liberty, Fulton County, Indiana. His older brother, Phineas, to whom he wrote these letters, was 22 years old in 1850. His other siblings were Mary, age 20; John, age 18; Catharine, age 13; and a sister Martha, also age 7, which means she was his twin. James was a private in Company D, 87th Indiana Volunteers.
The collection contains 25 Photostat pages of hand-written letters, with some sections illegible. All the letters were written in 1862 to his brother Phineas Quigg, starting in August, and ending in November.
In October, from Bardstown, he wrote that they were stopped by John Hunt Morgan, with eleven hundred men who destroyed 78 wagons belonging to “our troops which was loaded with provision.” The wagons were burned. About a thousand of the USA cavalry followed Morgan.
His November 4th letter from Bowling Green states that John has been sick for two weeks. This could be his brother John. On November 19, he told Phineas that the rebels would fill train cars with wood and then blow them up. His November 22 letter enclosed some chestnuts, which he told his brother to plant. This letter asks his brother to tell him “how mother is a giting a long with the rumatism.”
The last letter in the collection ends with an incomplete sentence.
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Folder 1. 25 pages.
1862 Letters from August to November.
Size of Collection: 1 folder, 25 pages of Xeroxed handwritten letters
Collection Dates: 1862
Provenance: Fulton County Historical Society, November 9, 1965.
Access : The collection is open for research use
Reproduction Rights: Permission to reproduce, exhibit, or publish material in this collection must be obtained from the Manuscript and Rare Books Division, Indiana State Library.
Language: Materials are entirely in English
Alternate Formats: None
Related Holdings: None