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|Collection Reference Number
|From Archive Folder
|Collection of Ira Blanchard, H company, 20th regiment, Illinois, infantry
|Ira Blanchard to Mary (Wright) Kellogg discussing communications from the North and asking about her life
|29 August 1863
|Blanchard, Ira (b. 1835)
|Kellogg, Mary Wright
|Blanchard writes to Mary Wright from a camp in Vicksburg. Thanks her for copies of the newspaper "Independent." Reports they are not campaigning now and have much free time. Comments letters from the North are scarce and wonders if his friends have all turned copperheads or simply forgotten him. Speculates many of his lady friends have gotten married because they did not want to wait for the soldiers' return. Inquires if she is going to school and playing the piano. Writes about the beautiful weather and lovely flowers. States that a large steamer blew up at the dock loaded with ammunition for New Orleans. Informs forty soldiers and several lady passengers were killed. Says they are on provost duty in the city.
|Civil War Military History Union Forces Soldier's Letter Union Soldier's Letter Journalism Copperheads Women's History Marriage Art, Music, Theater, and Film Education Disaster Ammunition Steamboat Death
|Blanchard, Ira (b. 1835) Kellogg, Mary Wright (1844-1912)
|The American Civil War; Women in American History; Education
|Papers and Images of the American Civil War
|Folder Information: This collection consists chiefly of correspondence from Ira Blanchard, Lieutenant, Company H, 29th Illinois Infantry, to Mary (Wright) Kellogg. These letters document Blanchard's service at Forts Henry and Donelson, Tennessee; Vicksburg, Mississippi; and other areas throughout Missouri, Tennessee and Louisiana from 1861-1863. Sometime after August 1863, Mary (Wright) Kellogg married Captain Henry Kellogg, and the letters from Blanchard ceased. In addition to the correspondence from Blanchard, this collection also includes a letter from Jason D. Wright to his niece Mary (Wright) Kellogg (1864), two obituaries for Mary (Wright) Kellogg (ca. 1912), a newspaper article mentioning Mary Kellogg's daughter, Mrs. L. E. Dodson (ca. 1927), and a collateral envelope. Blanchard enlisted 13 June 1861 in Illinois as a Sargeant. He mustered into "H" Co., Illinois, Infantry.
|The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
|Civil War, Reconstruction and the Modern Era: 1860-1945
|Civil War: Theater of War
|Main Western Theater
|Civil War: Unit
|20th Illinois infantry, H Company