Letters to Louise Kingsley Savage

Letters to Louise Kingsley Savage

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Library
Creator: Savage, John A.
Title: Letters to Louise Kingsley Savage
Dates: 1851-1865
Quantity: 1.0 Linear feet 2 document boxes
Coll. Number: ms2217

Biographical/Historical Note

John A. Savage, Jr., Union Army soldier, first with the 28th Wisconsin Infantry Regiment in the western theater and later with the 36th Wisconsin which was part of the Army of the Potomac, married Louise Kingsley, resided in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of correspondence, the majority of which were written by John A. Savage, Jr. to his wife, Louise-- both from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Beginning with their courtship in 1857, the letters document their relationship. There is a chronological gap in the letters from 1859 until 1862 in which time John and Louise were married and started a family. In 1862 John entered the Civil War, and the correspondence reflects the physical and mental strains the war put on its participants. The letters from 1862-1865 were written while Savage served in the 28th Wisconsin Infantry Regiment, where his regiment was involved in the battle of Helena (Ark.) and the siege of Vicksburg (Miss.). His later letters describe in detail the battle of Cold Harbor (Va.) while he was in the 36th Wisconsin Infantry Regiment.

Index Terms

Arkansas--History--Civil War, 1861-1865.
Cold Harbor, Battle of, Va., 1864.
Helena, Battle of, Helena, Ark., 1863.
Mississippi--History--Civil War, 1861-1865.
Savage, Louise Kingsley
United States. Army. Wisconsin Infantry Regiment, 28th (1862-1865).
United States. Army. Wisconsin Infantry Regiment, 36th (1864-1865).
Vicksburg (Miss.)--History--Siege, 1863.
Virginia--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Campaigns.

General Notes

Cataloged as part of the Georgia Archives and Manuscripts Automated Access Project: A Special Collections Gateway Program of the University Center in Georgia.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation note

John A. Savage, Jr., letters to Louise Kingsley Savage, ms2217, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, University of Georgia Libraries.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

11Correspondence, 1851-1857
2Correspondence, 1857-1859
3Correspondence, 1862
3Correspondence - record of court martial proceedings, 1862 December 30
3Official military appointment as 1st Lt. and Adjutant General, 1862 august 30
4Correspondence, 1863 January
5Correspondence, 1863 February
6Correspondence, 1863 March
7Correspondence, 1863 April
7Leave of Absence Form, 1863 April 28
8Correspondence, 1863 June
9Correspondence, 1863 July
9Statistics from Battle, 1863 July 4
21Correspondence, 1864
1Newspaper Clipping, 1864 March 21
2Correspondence, 1865-1870
3Correspondence - Undated and Fragments
3Hand drawn map of Fort Pickering, Yazoo River--Tallahatchie River--Tallabusha? River Area
Envelopes One-hundred thirty-four envelopes removed from letters, many of them dated and virtually all retaining the stamp(s).
Miscellaneous Items: Photographs of John and Louise (in cases), hair--presumably that of Louise, a "last rose of summer", Confederate money--Bill of Missouri