Luther Nin Civil War letter
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Luther Nin 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: Nin, Luther
Title: Luther Nin Civil War letter
Dates: 1864 September 13
Quantity: 2.0 Item(s)
Identification: ahc.MSS662f

Biographical/Historical Note

Luther Nin served in Company D of the 7th Regiment Iowa Infantry, 1st Brigade, 2nd Division, 16th Army Corps. The 7th Iowa Infantry was organized on July 24, 1861 and was mustered out on July 12, 1865. The regiment participated in the Battle of Atlanta, the Battle of Jonesboro, and nearly every engagement in the Atlanta Campaign. Additional biographical information about Luther Nin has not been determined.

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains one letter and its transcription. The letter is dated September 13, 1864, and was written from East Point, Georgia, to Luther Nin’s “Little Couz.” This letter contains a detailed account of life in the Federal Army during the Atlanta Campaign from August 25 - 31, 1864. Luther Nin describes his company’s job to cover the retreat of several regiments from skirmish lines on August 25, 1864. He notes that from August 26 -30, 1864, he was continually marching or on picket lines without sleep and with poor rations consisting only of hard tack and coffee. He comments on the hard life of a soldier by comparing himself to a mule. Luther Nin briefly explains that his company was involved in the Battle of Jonesboro on August 31, 1864, and states the Confederates were defeated.

Index Terms

Atlanta Campaign, 1864
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Personal narratives
United States. Army. Iowa Infantry Regiment, 7th (1861-1865)

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

Luther Nin Civil War letter, MSS 662f, James G. Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchase, 1998

Description Control

Collection reprocessed in 2009


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright law. (Title 17, U.S. Code) Permission for use must be cleared through the Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center. Licensing agreement may be required.

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