Letters and family history, 1861-1963.


Cowan, Henry Inch. Letters and family history, 1861-1963.

Letters and family history, 1861-1963.

Contains Civil War letters from Henry Inch Cowan to his father, Henry Cowan, and mother in Philadelphia, dated December 1861 through July 1865. Describes Cowan's enlistment with Company K, the 6th Pennsylvania Cavalry Regiment. Letters detail the regiment's movements through numerous sites: Meridian Hill; Fort Monroe; Hampton, Va.; Frederick, Md.; Warrenton; Belle Plain, Va.; Camp Buford, Md.; Louisville, Ky. Contains brief accounts of engagements near Williamsburg, Hanover Court House, and Pekin Creek. Includes story of Cowan's hospitalization with typhoid fever near Cold Harbor, the loss of the hospital to Confederates, and the recapture of the hospital by Union troops. Includes Cowan's experience as a scout near war's end.

102 items (197 leaves).

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