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ARCHIVE Of SHUMAN FAMILY LETTER CORRESPONDENCE, August 1862 - September 1866
Divers locations:. 1862 - 1866.. 34 autograph letters Ð 34 sheets/105.5 pp. - most with envelopes, to and from John and his family. 24 letters from John to family; 2 letters to John; 6 letters to/from Barney Shuman, JohnÕs father; and 2 letters from an Eliza Watson to Jacob Stroman (Shuman? JohnÕs brother). A complete listing of the letters in the archive, with snippets of each, available on request.. Slight water damping to first letter, though with minimal ink. blurring. Overall condition - Very Good or better.. John Shuman was a young man of 23 or so in August 1862 when he volunteered for service with the 88th Regiment, Indiana Volunteers to fight for the Union in the American Civil War. As these letters testify, he felt good about his decision, and as most men did at that time, believed that the war would be short-lived. As we know, the war lasted longer than John expected, but this Union soldier would not see the end. John fell victim to the #1 cause of death during the American Civil War Ð not gunshot, or cannon ball; neither shrapnel or saber. John died of chronic diarrhea/dysentery on August 14, 1863, in the camp hospital at Decherd Station, Tennessee. John Shuman is buried in the Stones River Battlefield National Cemetery, site 2213, with other Union dead. The letters John & his family left behind are descriptive of camp life, and in particular, the various illnesses that plagued both armies... Dec 10. '62: "... we had a hard fight the other day but our company came out safe they was seventeen wonted [sic - wounded] out of our regiment and 2 kill[ed]... Mar 30, '63: "... let you know I had all my money taken the other night ... every cent I had I laid in my bed .. and it was taken out from under my head ..." Apr 25, '63: "I am not very well jus not for I had the ague yesterday but I am taking quinine to day to stop it." May 21, '63: " ... we drawed our money the other day I drawed seventy dolars [sic] .." Jul 28, '63. John's last letter home. "I am not very well for now I have got direah very bad I am in the hospital now..." John dies a little over 2 weeks later. A wonderful mss snapshot of a civil war soldier's experiences, including the very unsanitary circumstances of camp life. NB. There was some question as to the proper spelling of JohnÕs last name. In reading the handwriting, it appeared to us as Shuman. The census records have the family name as Shurman, and there are, and were, many Shurmans in Wolcottvile, Indiana, where John and his family lived. While the office responsible for removing the soldiersÕ remains from Decherd Station, Tennessee to the cemetery in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, gives his name as Shuman, the grave marker and index to the cemetery lists him as John Sherman. In History Eighty-Eights Indiana Volunteers Infantry, published in 1895, John is listed as John Shewman. In cataloging these letters, we decided on Shuman.
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