Bruce Elmore letter
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Bruce Elmore letter

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center. 130 West Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta, GA 30305. 404.814.4040.
Creator: Elmore, Bruce
Title: Bruce Elmore letter
Dates: 1864 July 29
Quantity: 1.0 Item(s)
Identification: ahc.MSS673f

Biographical/Historical Note

Bruce Elmore (b.1835) resided in Sullivan County, New York, with his wife, Libbie. He worked as a farmer before and after the war, owning approximately ninety acres in Fallsburg, New York. He enlisted in 1862 at the age of twenty-seven and served as a sergeant in Company C, 143rd Regiment, New York Volunteers, during the U.S. Civil War. The 143rd Regiment fought in the battles at Kennesaw Mountain and Peachtree Creek during the Atlanta Campaign. Additional biographical information about Bruce Elmore has not been determined.

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of a letter written by Bruce Elmore on July 29, 1864, near Atlanta, Georgia, to his wife, Libbie. The letter provides a firsthand description of the Atlanta Campaign, describing sharpshooter fire, changes in Union leadership after the death of General James McPherson, and an attack involving the 15th, 16th, and 17th Corps. He also thanks his wife for the cigars she sent, asks about the farm, and expresses the hope that he will soon send money home.

Index Terms

Atlanta Campaign, 1864
Elmore, Libbie
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

Existence and Location of Copies

A transcription of the letter is included in this collection.

Preferred Citation

Bruce Elmore letter, MSS 673f, Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchase, 1998

Description Control

This collection was re-processed in 2012.


Conditions Governing Access

This collectin 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Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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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1Letter, 1864 July 29 View online.