Lizzie Loomis letter
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Lizzie Loomis letter

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Loomis, Lizzie, b. approximately 1841.
Title: Lizzie Loomis letter
Dates: 1862
Extent: 0.05 cubic feet (1 folder)
Identification: MS 0499

Biographical/Historical Note

The Loomis family lived in Colchester, Connecticut. Mary Elizabeth Loomis was born around 1841. Her two older brothers, William C. (1836-1896) and Oliver S (b. ca. 1838) both enlisted as musicians during the civil war. William enlisted on October 7, 1861; on October 26 he mustered into the 1st Cavalry Connecticut Regiment, Company C, and a musician. He transferred on May 15, 1862 to Company S and was promoted to Full Principal Musician. Oliver enlisted on September 8, 1862. He joined the 24th Connecticut Infantry Regiment, Company C, as a musician on November 18, 1862. He mustered out of the service on September 30, 1863.

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of a letter from Lizzie (Mary Elizabeth) Loomis to her brother, Olly (Oliver S.), who was a bugler in Company C of the 24th Connecticut Infantry Regiment. The letter is written from Colchester, Connecticut, in 1862. In the letter she mentions news of family and friends at home, social events in Colchester, and asks about their brother, William, who is also fighting in the War. She mentions a letter she received which told of fighting at Fort Pulaski in Georgia. Their family friend, Samuel Corey, was a lieutenant in the 7th Connecticut Volunteer Regiment, Company B, under Captain Rodman. The 7th Regiment began its campaign against Fort Pulaski in December, 1861. They used 13-inch mortars to bombard the fort and were the first union soldiers to enter and occupy the captured fort in April, 1862. Also mentioned in the letter are other friends in the 7th Connecticut.

Index Terms

Colchester (Conn.)
Connecticut--History--Civil War, 1861-1865.
Fort Pulaski (Ga.)--Siege, 1862.
Georgia--History--Civil War, 1861-1865.
Letters (correspondence)
Loomis family.
Loomis, Lizzie, b. approximately 1841.
United States. Army. Connecticut Infantry Regiment, 24th (1862-1863)
United States. Army. Connecticut Infantry Regiment, 7th (1861-1865)

Administrative Information

Custodial History


Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Lizzie Loomis letter, MS 499, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information



Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

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Copyright has not been assigned to the Georgia Historical Society. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Division of Library and Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Georgia Historical Society as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.

Container List

Item 1: Lizzie Loomis to brother Olly, Colchester, 1862 May 2 ( 4.0 p. ) View online.
News of family and friends at home; social events, etc.; tells of letter she received which told of fighting at Ft. Pulaski.