Research Files

Please feel free to download and enjoy these files. If you use them in your research, please drop me a line.


"On the Peninsula with the Berdan Sharpshooters" is a collection of letters written during the Peninsula Campaign by Adjutant J. Smith Brown of the 1st U.S. Sharpshooters.


The "Stinchcomb Letters" are a collection of letters by Captain James W. Stinchcomb of Co. B, 17th Ohio Volunteer Infantry during his regiment's service with the Army of the Cumberland.


The Purvis Letters files include a great set of correspondence from Sergeant John H. Purvis of Co. B, 51st Ohio Volunteer Infantry, including accounts of Dobbin's Ferry, Stones River, Chickamauga, and the Atlanta campaign. 


"Pen Lever: the Civil War letters of Charles Edward Bliven of the Army Telegraph Corps" provides a fascinating glimpse of the war in the western theater as viewed from behind the lines. Bliven worked as a telegrapher attached to General Don Carlos Buell's headquarters up until just before Shiloh, then traveled all over western Tennessee and Kentucky setting up telegraph lines for the army. In 1863, he was promoted and spent a year in Cincinnati, Ohio before being commissioned as a major in the quartermaster corps. File to come soon.