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Letters to Louise Kingsley Savage

Letters to Louise Kingsley Savage

Descriptive Summary

Title: Letters to Louise Kingsley Savage
Creator: Savage, John A.
Inclusive Dates: 1851-1865
Language(s): English
Extent: 1 Linear Feet 2 document boxes
Collection Number: ms2217
Repository: Hargrett Library

Collection Description

Historical Note

John A. Savage, Jr., Union Army soldier, first with the 28th Wisconsin Infantry Regiment in the western theater and later with the 36th Wisconsin which was part of the Army of the Potomac, married Louise Kingsley, resided in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Scope and Content

This collection consists of correspondence, the majority of which were written by John A. Savage, Jr. to his wife, Louise-- both from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Beginning with their courtship in 1857, the letters document their relationship. There is a chronological gap in the letters from 1859 until 1862 in which time John and Louise were married and started a family. In 1862 John entered the Civil War, and the correspondence reflects the physical and mental strains the war put on its participants. The letters from 1862-1865 were written while Savage served in the 28th Wisconsin Infantry Regiment, where his regiment was involved in the battle of Helena (Ark.) and the siege of Vicksburg (Miss.). His later letters describe in detail the battle of Cold Harbor (Va.) while he was in the 36th Wisconsin Infantry Regiment.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

John A. Savage, Jr., letters to Louise Kingsley Savage, ms2217, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, University of Georgia Libraries.

Finding Aid Publication

Finding aid prepared on: 2009 October 16.

General Notes

Cataloged as part of the Georgia Archives and Manuscripts Automated Access Project: A Special Collections Gateway Program of the University Center in Georgia.

Related Materials and Subjects

Subject Terms

Arkansas -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865.
Cold Harbor, Battle of, Va., 1864.
Helena, Battle of, Helena, Ark., 1863.
Mississippi -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865.
Savage, Louise Kingsley
Soldiers -- Wisconsin.
United States. Army. Wisconsin Infantry Regiment, 28th (1862-1865)
United States. Army. Wisconsin Infantry Regiment, 36th (1864-1865)
Vicksburg (Miss.) -- History -- Siege, 1863.
Virginia -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Campaigns.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

11Correspondence, 1851-1857
12Correspondence, 1857-1859
13Correspondence, 1862
13Correspondence - record of court martial proceedings, 1862 December 30
13Official military appointment as 1st Lt. and Adjutant General, 1862 august 30
14Correspondence, 1863 January
15Correspondence, 1863 February
16Correspondence, 1863 March
17Correspondence, 1863 April
17Leave of Absence Form, 1863 April 28
18Correspondence, 1863 June
19Correspondence, 1863 July
19Statistics from Battle, 1863 July 4
21Correspondence, 1864
21Newspaper Clipping, 1864 March 21
22Correspondence, 1865-1870
23Correspondence - Undated and Fragments
23Hand drawn map of Fort Pickering, Yazoo River--Tallahatchie River--Tallabusha? River Area
Envelopes One-hundred thirty-four envelopes removed from letters, many of them dated and virtually all retaining the stamp(s).Miscellaneous Items: Photographs of John and Louise (in cases), hair--presumably that of Louise, a "last rose of summer", Confederate money--Bill of Missouri