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John E. Rastall papers, Series I, Folder 2: Correspondence, January 1863-June 1863

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Summary:John E. Rastall was a Union Lieutenant with the First Regiment, Eastern Shore, Maryland Volunteers during the Civil War. The collection includes 128 letters written by Rastall to his family in Milwaukee, Wisconsin detailing his service in Virginia and Maryland, especially on the Eastern Shore. Rastall describes his regiment's role in the battle of Gettysburg, speculates on the possible effect of the draft on his brothers in Wisconsin, and offers his impressions of prominent people such as General McClellan and Mary Todd Lincoln. He also reminisces about life at home in Milwaukee and describes civilian parties, meetings, and excursions he enjoyed in Maryland. The subjects addressed also include deserters from the First Maryland, Rastall's attempts to secure a promotion, his role in the battle of Gettysburg, court-martials, the draft, and the impressment of free blacks into the Union army. The arrangement is chronological. For more information, see the complete finding aid to the collection at
Creator:Rastall, John Edward, 1840-1927
Place of origin – Continent:North America
Place of origin – Country:United States of America
Place of origin – Region:Maryland
Place of origin – Settlement:Salisbury
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Temporal subject: 1861-1870
Geographical subject – Continent:North America
Geographical subject – Country:United States of America
Geographical subject – Region:Maryland
Geographical subject – Settlement:Baltimore
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Topical subjects:United States History Civil War, 1861-1865
Rastall, John Edward, 1840-1927
United States -- Army -- Maryland Infantry Regiment, 1st (1861-1865)
Maryland -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Personal narratives
ArchivesUM location:John E. Rastall papers
  • series 1
  • box 1
  • folder Correspondence, January 1863-June 1863
Repository:Historical Manuscripts
Browse terms:War, Military
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