Harrison Outwater Papers

Summary Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections
Outwater, Harrison
Harrison Outwater papers
1863, 1865
0.1 Cubic feet , 1 folder

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: "Item title, Collection title, Collection Identifier, Michigan State University Archives & Historical Collections, East Lansing, Michigan."

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Biographical Note

Harrison Outwater enlisted in Company Battery M, New York 1st Light Artillery Battery on 05 September 1862 and mustered out on 23 June 1865 at Rochester, New York.

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Scope and Contents note

This collection consists of two Civil War letters of Harrison Outwater from the 1st New York Artillery. In the first letter, written to his uncle, Outwater discusses the desperate condition of Confederate deserters arriving at his camp in Bridgeport, Alabama in 1863, and the high rate of reenlistment among the Union soldiers at that time. The second letter, written in 1865 from "the once rebel city of Savannah", describes the attitude of local women toward Union songs and the American flag. Outwater also discusses the decimating effect of the war on the male population, and expresses pity for the females.

These letters have been transcribed, scanned and placed online at http://civilwar.archives.msu.edu/collection/7-1C-28/outwater/.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections March 1965

Conrad Hall
888 Wilson Road, Room 101
East Lansing , MI, 48824

Revision Description

  March 2000

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Legal Status

Copyright: Michigan State University. Property Rights: Michigan State University.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from this collection must be obtained from University Archives & Historical Collections, Michigan State University.

Custodial History

Gift of Olive Outwater, 1961-05-09. Transferred by Michigan State University Museum.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • United States. Army. New York Light Artillery Regiment, 1st (1861-1865).


  • Letters (correspondence)

Geographic Name(s)

  • Savannah (Ga.)
  • United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865

Personal Name(s)

  • Outwater, Olive

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Collection Inventory


Letters 1863, 1865