Joe Bowers letter
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Joe Bowers letter

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Bowers, Joe.
Title: Joe Bowers letter
Dates: 1864
Extent: 0.05 cubic feet (1 folder)
Identification: MS 1034

Biographical/Historical Note

Joe Bowers was a soldier in the Confederate States of America Army during the Civil War.

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of a letter written by Joe Bowers in 1864 while serving as a solder in the Civil War. The letter is addressed to "Esteemed Mademoiselle;" Bowers had placed an advertisement for a correspondent while he was away at war. He states in the letter that he was not looking for a wife, but for a person to write to in order to pass the time. He describes the unclean conditions of camp life (stating he contracted an itch from "Body Guards"), declares he never had a substitute to fight for him, and tells of his service at the battle of Vicksburg and the wound he suffered at the battle of Baker's Creek. On the last page of the letter, Bowers accuses his correspondent of being a man posing as a woman. He demands proof of the recipient's gender, insisting that if the recipient is truly a man that he must reveal himself to be so, at which point they will cease correspondence.

Index Terms

Bowers, Joe.
Champion Hill, Battle of, Miss., 1863.
Confederate States of America. Army.
Letters (correspondence)
Pen pals.
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Medical care.
Vicksburg (Miss.)--History--Siege, 1863.

Administrative Information

Custodial History


Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Joe Bowers letter, MS 1034, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information



Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

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.


Encoding funded by a 2012 Documenting Democracy grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Container List

Item 1: Joe Bowers letter to "Esteemed Madamoiselle", 1864 April 10 ( 3.0 p. ) View online.