Finding aid created by: EFB
Date: Apr 1971
|25 Apr 2010||converted to EAD (MRC)|
Overview of the Collection
|Title:||Reuben Kirk Correspondence|
|Quantity:||0.25 linear ft.|
|Abstract:||Union soldier from Vermont. Collection contains correspondence with his wife, Mary, concerning camp life, life on campaign, battles, and the election of 1864.|
|Repository:||Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
222 Waverly Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13244-2010
Reuben Kirk (fl. 1865) was a native of Springfield, Vermont and a soldier in the Union Army. He volunteered in 1863 and served as a private at the battle of Chancellorsville that same year; in General Philip Sheridan's campaign in the Shenandoah Valley in 1864; and in General Grant's campaign against Richmond and Petersburg, 1864-1865.
The Reuben Kirk Correspondence consists of letters written by Kirk to his wife Mary. With two exceptions, dated July 12 and 13, 1864, all the letters are written from locations in Virginia.
The letters contain descriptions of life in the Union Army camps and on campaigns, descriptions of battles, and comments on such things as the religious life of the army and the presidential election of 1864. Campaigns mentioned include the Battle of Chancellorsville, General Philip Sheridan's campaign in the Shenandoah Valley in 1864, and General Grant's campaign against Richmond and Petersburg, 1864-1865.
The letters indicate that Private Kirk was deeply religious, and his beliefs find expression in almost every letter. His attachment to his wife and daughter is also evident.
Letters are arranged chronologically.
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Kirk, Mary C., fl. 1864.
Sheridan, Philip Henry, 1831-1888.
United States. -- Army -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Sources.
Cedar Creek, Battle of, Va., 1864.
Chancellorsville, Battle of, Chancellorsville, Va., 1863.
Shenandoah Valley Campaign, 1864 (August-November)
Shenandoah Valley Campaign, 1864 (May-August)
Soldiers -- United States.
Spotsylvania Court House, Battle of, Va., 1864.
Wilderness, Battle of the, Va., 1864.
Winchester, 3rd Battle of, Winchester, Va., 1864.
Petersburg (Va.) -- History -- Siege, 1864-1865.
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Campaigns -- Sources.
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Personal narratives.
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Religious aspects.
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Sources.
United States -- History, Military -- To 1900 -- Sources.
Vermont -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865.
Virginia -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865.
Genres and Forms
Preferred citation for this material is as follows:
Reuben Kirk Letters,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
|Box 1||Letters 1863-1865, undated (4 folders)|