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Burhaus Family papers, Series I, Folder 1: Correspondence,1862-1863

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Summary:This collection consists primarily of correspondence of Herman Burhaus, who was a volunteer in the 4th New York Union Regiment during the Civil War stationed in various cities in the Washington, D.C., area. Series I consists of ten letters sent from Herman Burhaus to one of his sisters. The letters are mainly personal, but often discuss aspects of military life in the Washington, D.C. area. One particularly informative letter discusses the Battle of Sharpsburg (Antietam) and the Battle of Harper's Ferry. On October 9, 1862, Burhaus wrote: "I think the battle of Sharpsburg would have decided this war only for the traitor in command of Harper's Ferry. Miles should have held the place to the last man and he could have done so untill [sic] McLellan reinforced him, and the rebel army in Maryland would have been captured or destroyed..." Arrangement is chronological. For more information, see the complete finding aid to the collection at
Creator:Burhaus, Cornelius Charles
Burhaus, Herman
Burhaus, Sandy
Place of origin – Continent:North America
Place of origin – Country:United States of America
Place of origin – Region:Virginia
District of Columbia
Place of origin – Settlement:Back River
Harper's Ferry
Temporal subject: 1861-1870
Geographical subject – Continent:North America
Geographical subject – Country:United States of America
Geographical subject – Region:Maryland
District of Columbia
Geographical subject – Settlement:Baltimore
Topical subjects:United States--History--Civil War--1861-1865
United States--Army--History--Civil War, 1861-1865
ArchivesUM location:Burhaus Family papers
  • series 1
  • box 1
  • folder Correspondence
Repository:Historical Manuscripts
Browse terms:War, Military
Personal and Family Lives
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