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Robert Darrah Letter

 Collection — Container: LU People Files Y-Z drawer
Identifier: LU-MS-106
Signed letter dated February 17, 1864 from Rob to Charley Darrah writing about guarding the conscripts and draftees, a fire at the Guard House, and attacks on citizens of Madison.

Dates

  • 1864

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Lawrence University does not hold the copyright for all materials in this collection. Uses beyond those allowed for fair use under U. S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) require the researcher to secure permission from the copyright holder.

Extent

1.00 items

Biographical or Historical Information

Unknown Union soldier. Camp Randall became the center of Wisconsin military activities, and more than 70,000 men were quartered and trained there. In July, 1863 Lincoln called for a draft, all men between the ages of 18 and 45 to be enrolled into local militia units and be available to be called into national service. By late 1863 men coming into Camp Randall were conscripts and draftees not volunteers. Draftees after mustering in were under armed guard with orders to shoot anyone who tried to escape. Problems began in the camp and in Madison from a lack of discipline and too many men for the federal military agents to feed, clothe, and equip.

Method of Acquisition

Purchased by the library and added to the collection in June, 2014.

Processing Information

Processed by Erin Dix (based on MARC record by Jill Thomas), 2014
Title
Archon Finding Aid Title
Date
06/24/2014
Description rules
dacs
Language of description
eng

Repository Details

Part of the Lawrence University Archives Repository

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