Dow Family Letters, 1861-1888

Held by The Filson Historical Society

Creator: Dow Family

Title: Letters, 1861-1888

Rights: For information regarding literary and copyright interest for these letters, contact the Curator of Special Collections.

Size of Collection: 0.66 cubic feet

Locator Number: Mss./A/D744/1-11

Scope and Content Note

Collection contains approximately 380 letters written between 1861 and 1888 by members of the Albert G. Dow, Sr., family of Licking County, Ohio. Approximately ½ of the letters were written by Private John. R. Dow, 31 st Ohio Infantry Regt., to relatives in Ohio, particularly his three sisters. They, in turn, wrote several letters to him. John describes various aspects of daily life in the army, expresses his political views and opinions of officers and provides details of several battlefield sites in Kentucky, Tennessee and Georgia. Letters to John describe effects of war on local economies and politics.

Biographical Note

Albert G. Dow, Sr. moved with his wife, three daughters and a son to Licking County, Ohio from New York, around 1841. His fifth child, John Robert Dow, was born in 1843. Albert was a harnessmaker by trade. John enlisted as a private in the 31 st Ohio Infantry Regiment in September, 1861. His primary occupation in the war was serving successively as a company, regimental and brigade bugler. His regiment saw action in Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia, and South Carolina. His younger brother, Albert G. (Barley) Jr., enlisted in July, 1863 in the 129 th Ohio Infantry Regiment. Barley was captured, imprisoned in Andersonville, Ga. , and later freed in a prisoner exchange in 1864. John was mustered out in July, 1865. During the war Albert Sr. and another son, Isaac (Will), served in various war-related industries , primarily in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. After the war John worked as a railroad mechanic and blacksmith.

Folder List

Folder 1: Correspondence, 1861

Folder 2: Correspondence, 1862

Folder 3: Correspondence, January – June, 1863

Folder 4: Correspondence, July – December, 1863

Folder 5: Correspondence, January – June, 1864

Folder 6: Correspondence, July – December, 1864

Folder 7: Correspondence, January – June, 1865

Folder 8: Correspondence, July – December, 1865

Folder 9: Correspondence, 1866

Folder 10: Correspondence, 1867-1888

Folder 11: Undated Correspondence

Subject Headings

African Americans – Suffrage

Alabama – History – Civil War, 1861-1865

Allegheny Arsenal (Pittsburgh, Pa.)

American newspapers – Kentucky

Andersonville Prison

Atlanta (Ga.) – Description and travel

Atlanta Campaign, 1864

Brannan, John Milton 1819-1892

Brough , John 1811 – 1865

Bounties, Military

Buell, Don Carlos 1818 – 1898

Camp Dick Robinson (Garrard County, Ky.)

Chattanooga (Tenn.) – Description and travel

Chattanooga (Tenn.), Battle of, 1863

Chickamauga (Ga.), Battle of , 1863

Columbus (Ohio) – Description and travel

Confederate States of America. Army. Cobb’s Battery(1861- 1864)

Confederate States of America. Army – Desertion

Copperhead movement

Death notices – Ohio

Education, Secondary-Massachusetts

Emancipation Proclamation

Forums (discussion and debate)

Georgia – History – Civil War, 1861-1865

Harlan, John Marshall 1833-1911

Harris, Isham G. (Isham Green) 1818-1897

Hoover’s Gap, Battle of, 1863

Howard Mission (N.Y.)

Kentucky – Description and travel

Kentucky – History – Civil War, 1861-1865

Knights of the Golden Circle


Lice – United States

Lincoln, Abraham 1809-1865

Louisville (Ky.) – Description and travel

McCook, Robert Latimer 1827-1862

Mill Springs (Ky.), Battle of, 1862

Murfreesboro (Tenn.), Battle of, 1862-1863

Nashville (Tenn.) Description and travel

Ohio – History – Civil War, 1861-1865

Ohio National Guard

Poetry, Modern – 19th century

Presidents – United States – Election – 1864

Racism – Ohio

Racism – United States

Resaca, Battle of, 1864

Rosecrans, William S. (William Starke) 1819-1902

Savannah (Ga.) Description and travel

Sherman, William T. (William Tecumseh) 1820-1891

Slaves – Emancipation

Tennessee – History – Civil War, 1861-1865

The True american (Lexington, Ky.)

Terre Haute (Ind.) – Description and travel

Turchin, John B. (John Basil) 1822-1901

United States – History – Civil War, 1861-1865

United States – History – Civil War, 1861-1865 – African Americans

United States – History – Civil War, 1861-1865 – Anecdotes

United States – History – Civil War, 1861-1865 – Campaigns

United States – History – Civil War, 1861-1865 – Confiscations and contributions

United States – History – Civil War, 1861-1865 – Deception

United States – History – Civil War, 1861-1865 – Desertion

United States – History – Civil War, 1861-1865 – Destruction and pillage

United States – History – Civil War, 1861-1865 – Draft

United States – History – Civil War, 1861-1865 – Draft resistors

United States – History – Civil War, 1861-1865 – Economic aspects

United States – History – Civil War, 1861-1865 – Military discipline

United States – History – Civil War, 1861-1865 – Military pensions

United States – History – Civil War, 1861-1865 – Peace

United States – History – Civil War, 1861-1865 – Prisoners and prisons

United States – History – Civil War, 1861-1865 – Public opinion

United States Christian Commission

United States. Army – Barracks and quarters

United States. Army – Communication systems

United States. Army – Desertion

United States. Army – Equipment and supplies

United States. Army – Insignia

United States. Army – Leaves and furloughs

United States. Army – Military life

United States. Army – Recruitment, enlistment etc

United States. Army – Songs and music

United States. Army -Transportation

United States. Army. Ohio Infantry Regiment, 9th (1861-1864)

United States. Army. Ohio Infantry Regiment, 31st (1861-1865)

United States. Army. Ohio Infantry Regiment, 76th (1862- 1865)

Vallandigham, Clement L. (Clement Laird) 1820-1871

Washington, D.C. – Description and travel

Zollicoffer, Felix Kirk 1812-1862

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