John W. Boston letter
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John W. Boston letter

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Boston, John W., approximately 1833-1918.
Title: John W. Boston letter
Dates: 1864
Extent: 0.05 cubic feet (1 folder)
Identification: MS 1779

Biographical/Historical Note

Private John W. Boston (ca. 1833-1918) served with Company G of the 81st Ohio Volunteers during the United States Civil War. He enlisted with the Union Army in 1862 at the age of 29 and fought in the battles of Corinth, Mississippi, Atlanta, Georgia, and Bentonville, North Carolina.

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains one letter from a Union solder, Private John W. Boston, to his wife and children in which he recounts the capture of Savannah, Georgia in December of 1864 during the Civil War. He mentions the possibility of the Union Army going to Charleston, South Carolina after they leave Savannah. Boston also remarks upon the citizens of Savannah, describing them predominantly as "Irish, Dutch, and French" and "Catholick."

Index Terms

Boston, John W., approximately 1833-1918.
Georgia--History--Civil War, 1861-1865.
Letters (correspondence)
Savannah (Ga.)--History--Siege, 1864.
Savannah (Ga.)--Social life and customs.
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Campaigns.
United States. Army. Ohio Infantry Regiment, 81st (1861-1865) Company G.

Administrative Information

Processing Information

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Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Container List

Item 1: John W. Boston letter, 1861 View online.