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Guide to the Alonzo Reed letters, 1864-1866

Abstract

Union soldier in the 102nd Regiment Infantry, U.S. Colored Troops.

Collection consists entirely of 21 personal letters from an African American Union soldier, Alonzo Reed, written to his mother while stationed in South Carolina during the latter part of the Civil War. Some of the letters were written by Reed, some by other individuals, and indicate that Reed's regiment was often on picket duty, though they also provide some descriptions of warfare and the ransacking of plantations. Reed, who was nearly illiterate, provides brief insights into daily camp life in terms of references of illnesses, hunger, not being paid for many months, and life as a soldier in the midst of war. Reed occasionally refers to the reception they received from both whites and blacks in the South.

Descriptive Summary

Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University
Creator
Reed, Alonzo.
Title
Alonzo Reed letters 1864-1866
Language of Material
English
Extent
0.1 Linear Feet, 22 Items
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

Collection Overview

Collection consists entirely of 21 personal letters from an African American Union soldier, Alonzo Reed, written to his mother while stationed in South Carolina during the latter part of the Civil War. Some of the letters were written by Reed, some by other individuals, and indicate that Reed's regiment was often on picket duty, though they also provide some descriptions of warfare and the ransacking of plantations during marches.

Reed, who was nearly illiterate, provides brief insights into daily camp life in terms of references of illnesses, hunger, not being paid for many months, life as a soldier in the midst of war, and the desire to have news, photos, and writing supplies from home. Reed occasionally refers to the reception they received from both whites and blacks in the South. He also writes about fixing railroad supply lines and utilizing surrendered Confederate soldiers to aid in this work. In November 1864, he inquires as to whether African American men are being allowed to vote in the North and indicates that they are in the South. Arranged in chronological order.

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Contents of the Collection

Correspondence consists of 21 letters from Alonzo Reed to his mother both during and just after the U.S. Civil War. Also included within this collection is a brief descriptive sketch of unknown origin concerning Alonzo Reed and the collection. Several of the letters were written while Reed was stationed in Beaufort S.C., and they appear to pinpoint his location as Coosaw, S.C. (designated in the letters with variants such as Car Soil and Crew Saw).

Letter, 8 Mar., 1864, from Alonzo Reed, Detroit, Mich., to Mother (Francis Reed)
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Letter, 14 Aug., 1864, from Alonzo Reed, Winnsboro, S.C., to Mother
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Letter, 2 Sept., 1864, from Alonzo Reed, location unknown, to Mother
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Letter, 19 Sept., 1864, from Alonzo Reed, Beaufort, S.C., to Mother
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Letter, 24 Oct., 1864, from Alonzo Reed, Car Soil, Beaufort, S.C., to Mother
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Letter, 1 Nov., 1864, from Alonzo Reed, Car Soil, Beaufort, S.C., to Mother
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Letter, 15 Nov., 1864, from Alonzo Reed, location unknown, to Mother
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Letter, 8 Dec., 1864, from Alonzo Reed, Crew Saw, S.C., to Mother
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Letter, 29 Dec., 1864, from Alonzo Reed, Beaufort, S.C., to Mother
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Letter, 4 Jan., 1865, from Alonzo Reed, Crew Saw, S.C., to Mother
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Letter, 11 Jan., 1865, from Alonzo Reed, Crew Saw, S.C., to Mother
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Letter, 5 Feb., 1865, from Alonzo Reed, Camp of the 102nd U.S.C.T., to Mother
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Letter, 25 Feb., 1865, from Alonzo Reed, Charleston, S.C., to Mother
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Letter, 21 Mar., 1865, from Alonzo Reed, Savannah, Ga., to Mother
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Letter, 15 May, 1865, from Alonzo Reed, Somerville, S.C., to Mother
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Letter, 16 May, 1865, from Alonzo Reed, Somerville, S.C., to Mother
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Letter, 9 July, 1865, from Alonzo Reed, Charleston, S.C., to Mother
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Letter, 13 July, 1865, from Alonzo Reed, Charleston, S.C., to Mother
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Letter, 15 July, 1865, from Alonzo Reed, Charleston, S.C., to Mother
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Letter, 9 Aug., 1865, from Alonzo Reed, Chester, S.C., to Mother
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Letter, 14 Apr., 1866, from Alonzo Reed, Spring Wells, Mich., to Mother
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Brief descriptive sketch regarding Alonzo Reed and his letters.
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Subject Headings

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Alonzo Reed Letters, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Provenance

The Alonzo Reed letters were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a purchase in 1937.

Processing Information

Processed by Rubenstein Library staff

Encoded by Jessica D. Carew and Paula Jeannet Mangiafico, April 2014

Accession(s) described in this finding aid is from 1937

Descriptive sources and standards used to create this inventory: DACS, EAD, NCEAD guidelines, and local Style Guide.

This finding aid is NCEAD compliant.