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Robert A. Patterson Civil War Letters

Identifier: MSS-4334

Scope and Contents

This collection of six letters to family members was written by Robert A. Patterson, who was traveling with Company F of the 57th Regiment Illinois Volunteer Infantry through Mississippi, Georgia, and Alabama between 1862-1864. The letters describe the unit's actions and movements, interactions with locals, and encounters with enslaved persons escaping slaveholders.


  • 1862 - 1865

Physical Description

Letters are in good overall condition. Last letter has some water damage that affects a few lines of text.

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Biographical / Historical

The 57th Infantry Regiment was a ground-based military regiment that served with the Union Army during the Civil War. The 57th Regiment was organized in Illinois and mustered into Union service in December 1861. The infantry consisted of 1025 reenlisted veterans, recruits, and volunteers. In July 1865 the infantry was mustered out.


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Physical Description

Letters are in good overall condition. Last letter has some water damage that affects a few lines of text.
Guide to Robert A. Patterson Civil War Letters
November 2022
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Repository Details

Part of the The University of Alabama Libraries Special Collections Repository

Box 870266
Tuscaloosa AL 35487-0266