Samuel Bachtell Civil War letter
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Samuel Bachtell Civil War letter

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center. 130 West Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta, GA 30305. 404.814.4040.
Creator: Bachtell, Samuel
Title: Samuel Bachtell Civil War letter
Dates: 1864 September 3
Quantity: 1.0 Folder
Identification: ahc.MSS16f

Biographical/Historical Note

Samuel Bachtell enlisted in the 15th regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, 20th Corps, on April 27, 1861, as a 2nd lieutenant. He served in both the army and the signal corps, reaching the rank of 1st lieutenant in the United States Army and brevet lieutenant colonel in the signal corps. He received several letters of commendation from General William T. Sherman. Additional biographical information about Samuel Bachtell has not been determined.

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of a letter written by Samuel Bachtell to his wife in which he describes military maneuvers which led to the capture of Atlanta, Georgia. He also describes the destruction of military property by the fleeing Confederate forces and the joy the army felt about capturing Atlanta.

Index Terms

Atlanta Campaign, 1864
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Personal narratives

General Notes

America's Turning Point: Documenting the Civil War Experience in Georgia received support from a Digitizing Historical Records grant awarded to the Atlanta History Center, Georgia Historical Society, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, and the Digital Library of Georgia by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Samuel Bachtell Civil War letter, MSS 16f, Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 1969

Description Control

This collection was re-processed in 2012.


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. All requests to publish, quote, or reproduce must be submitted through the Kenan Research Center.

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1Civil War letter, 1864 September 3 View online.