Letters From The Front: A Local Family's Civil War Correspondence

Updated Wed, Sep 14, 2011 11:26 am
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Sun, Sep 4, 2011

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Bryan Gibson
Doug McCabe and Eric Burke
Doug McCabe talks with Eric Burke

Doug McCabe speaks with Eric Burke, an Ohio University student who is transcribing hundreds of Civil War-era letters of the Brown Family of Albany, Ohio.

Slideshow: Brown Family Collection

From the Brown Family Collection, on display at the Ohio University Mahn Center for Archives and Special Collections

Eric Burke

An example of Spencerian handwriting style

Eric Burke

Edwin A. Brown's diary entry on the day of the Battle of Antietam

Eric Burke

A piece of Confederate Colonel F.N. McNairy's coat, sent home by Edwin Brown as a war trophy

Eric Burke

Edwin Brown's diary and several letters he wrote home during the War of the Rebellion

Eric Burke

A letter from home, displaying a more modern style of handwriting and illustrating the small print and full use of expensive paper of the era

Eric Burke

Patriotic sentiments graced the letterheads of many stationery sets during the War of the Rebellion