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Leonidas Bryant Correspondence, 1861-1864

Container List

Box 1:

Folder 1:  Letter dated November 27, 1861 from Leonidas Bryant to John and Sarah Bryant. Leonidas Bryant reports that rebels took fifty cavalry prisoners who went out on scout on Green River.

Folder 2:  Letter dated December 2, 1861 from Leonidas Bryant to John and Sarah Bryant written at camp near Upton, Kentucky. Leonidas Bryant reports that he expects to push on to Bowling Green, Kentucky.

Folder 3:  Letter dated January 10, 1862 from "Crazy Jim" to John [Bryant] written at camp near Murfreesboro, Tennessee. "Crazy Jim" tells John [Bryant] that Leonidas is missing after a battle.

Folder 4:  Letter dated January 21-22, 1862 from Leonidas Bryant to John and Sarah Bryant. Leonidas Bryant reports that he just got off of picket and is ordered to cook three days' worth of provisions for upcoming scout mission.

Folder 5:  Letter dated February 11, 1862 from Leonidas Bryant to John Bryant. Leonidas Bryant reports that five rebels attacked the Union picket line.

Folder 6:  Letter dated February 18, 1862 from Leonidas Bryant to John Bryant written at camp at Prewel's Knob, Kentucky, eight miles away from Mammoth Cave. Leonidas Bryant gives an account of his company's movements and talks about marching and sleeping without tents in snowy weather.

Folder 7:  Letter dated March 4-5, 1862 from Leonidas Bryant to John Bryant written at camp in Nashville, Tennessee. Leonidas Bryant reports that his company left camp at Prewel's Knob and marched to Bowling Green, Kentucky, then to Franklin, Tennessee.

Folder 8:  Letter dated May 17, 1862 from Leonidas Bryant to John Bryant. Leonidas Bryant writes that Governor Morton visited the camp.  He tells his father about the cost of food and how he bought lemons and made lemonade to sell.

Folder 9:  Letter dated June 7, 1862 from Leonidas Bryant to John Bryant written at camp near Corinth, Mississippi. Leonidas Bryant reports that he has returned from a five-day tour at Corinth, and he describes the battle.

Folder 10:  Letter dated June 17, 1862 from Leonidas Bryant to John Bryant written at camp in Florence, Alabama. Leonidas Bryant writes that he bought a Colt revolver, and he comments on the corn and wheat crops growing there.

Folder 11:  Letter dated June 26, 1862 from Leonidas Bryant to John Bryant written at camp in Athens, Alabama. Leonidas Bryant writes about the hard march from Florence, Alabama and tells that he received a letter from James Hopper.

Folder 12:  Letter dated October 26, 1862 from Leonidas Bryant to John Bryant written at camp eight miles from Lebanon, Tennessee on the road to Munfordville, Kentucky. Leonidas Bryant writes that they received tents and knapsacks the day before a three- to four-inch snow.

Folder 13:  Letter dated November 27, 1862 from Leonidas Bryant to John Bryant written at camp south of Nashville, Tennessee on the Murfreesboro Pike. Leonidas Bryant writes that his company had three skirmishes with rebels the day before.

Folder 14:  Letter dated November 30, 1862 from Leonidas Bryant to John Bryant written at camp near Nashville, Tennessee. Leonidas writes that two Union soldiers died after fooling around with their guns during a march.

Folder 15:  Letter dated January 27, 1863 from Captain E.M. Leland to John Bryant written at Camp Sill near Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Captain Leland writes to Leonidas Bryant's father to tell him that Leonidas was missing.

Folder 16:  Letter dated February 7, 1863 from Leonidas Bryant to John Bryant written at Camp Parole in Annapolis, Maryland. Leonidas Bryant talks about the battle of Murfreesboro and his being taken prisoner.

Folder 17:  Letter dated April 21, 1863 from Martin Lame to Joseph Bryant written in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Leonidas Bryant's cousin writes to his brother about his service in the 40th Indiana Regiment.

Folder 18:   Letter dated May 31, 1863 from Leonidas Bryant to John Bryant written at Indianapolis. Leonidas Bryant writes to his father about opportunities in Indianapolis and going with Susan Mille to the theater.

Folder 19:  Letter dated June 8, 1863 from Leonidas Bryant to John Bryant written at Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Leonidas Bryant writes that he arrived safely but missed roll call and thinks he will not be paid.

Folder 20:  Letter dated August 14, 1863 from Leonidas Bryant to John Bryant written at Bowen Station camp about eight miles from Nashville. Leonidas Bryant writes that he is glad to have left Stevenson, Alabama because of the prevalence of the ague there.

Folder 21:  Letter dated August 28, 1863 from Leonidas Bryant to John Bryant written at Bellefonte, Alabama. Leonidas Bryant mentions sending his father a piece of poetry about a skirmish at Liberty Gap, Tennessee. The poem is no longer with this letter.

Folder 22:  Letter dated April 17, 1864 from Leonidas Bryant to John Bryant written at camp in between Chattanooga and Cleveland,Tennessee. Leonidas Bryant writes that he hopes to get some rest there, since he did not receive any at Knoxville.

Folder 23:  Document with writing that is too faint to read.

Folder 24:  Bottom half of a letter signed by Jason Hopper.

Folder 25:  Handwritten sheets with names and birth dates of Leonidas Bryant's family members.