Inventory

Abraham Slough Letters
Dates: 1862-1957
Accession Number: 900424A
Donor: Vigo County Historical Society
Description: Two file folders in a flat storage box


Content and Scope of Collection

Born in Stokes County, North Carolina, Abraham Slough was a farmer from Arney, Owen County, Indiana at the time he was mustered into the Union Army on October 10, 1861. He served as First Sergeant of Company A, 59th Regiment Indiana Volunteers. His military service involved campaigns throughout Mississippi; in October 1862, he was engaged in the battle of Corinth. Early in 1863, Slough fell ill and was hospitalized in Memphis, Tennessee, where the 59th regiment was camped nearby. He died in Memphis at Overton Hospital on February 16, 1863.

This collection contains 12 letters Abraham Slough wrote to his wife Lydia A. Slough during his military service in the Civil War. The letters contain detailed accounts of the regiment's activities as well as personal references to home and family. Also, included in the collection are a few miscellaneous papers relating to Slough's military record, the widow's pension voucher, and the letter to Lydia from Lt. Col. Hyden informing her of her husband's death.

Flat Storage Box

 

 

 

 

Folder 1

Letter, from Abraham Slough to Lydia A. Slough:
On the road from Hamburg, Tennessee,
to Corinth, Mississippi

May 3, 1862

 

 

 

 

Letter, from Abraham Slough to Lydia A. Slough:
Camp near Corinth, Mississippi

May 21, 1862

 

 

 

 

Letter, from Abraham Slough to Lydia A. Slough: Camp Clear Creek, Mississippi

June 23, 1862

 

 

 

 

Letter, from Abraham Slough to Lydia A. Slough: Camp near Rienzi, Mississippi

July 5, 1862

 

 

 

 

Letter, from Abraham Slough to Lydia A. Slough: Camp Clear Creek, Mississippi

July 24, 1862

 

 

 

 

Letter, from Abraham Slough to Lydia A. Slough: Camp near San Jacinto, Mississippi

Aug. 9, 1862

 

 

 

 

Letter, from Abraham Slough to Lydia A. Slough: Camp near San Jacinto, Mississippi

Sep. 4, 1862

 

 

 

Folder 2

Letter, from Abraham Slough to Lydia A. Slough: Camp Rienzi, Mississippi

Sep. 7, 1862

 

 

 

 

Letter, from Abraham Slough to Lydia A. Slough: Camp seven miles south of Oxford, Mississippi

Dec. 17, 1862

 

 

 

 

Letter, from John M. Stucky, General
Assistant Surgeon, 59th Ind. Infantry. to
"Surgeon in Charge Hospital":
Camp 59th Ind. Infantry near Memphis, Tennessee

Jan. 21, 1863

 

 

 

 

Letter, from Abraham Slough to Lydia A. Slough: Overton Hospital, Memphis, Tennessee

Feb. 6, 1863

 

 

 

 

Letter, from Abraham Slough to Lydia A. Slough: Overton Hospital, Memphis, Tennessee

Feb.15, 1863

 

 

 

 

Letter, from James E. Hyden, Lt. Co. A, 59 Regt.,
to Mrs. A. Slough: Camp 59th Regt. Ind. Infantry, Memphis, Tennessee

Feb. 18, 1863

 

 

 

 

List of names

n.d.

 

 

 

 

Letter fragment, from Abraham Slough to
Lydia A. Slough

n.d.

 

 

 

 

Pension voucher of widow Lydia A. Slough

1894

 

 

 

 

Letter, from Thomas A. McNaught
(late Col. 59th Regt. Ind. Vols.)
to Mrs. Nancy Goddard

April 29, 1908

 

 

 

 

Certificate of military service from Adjutant
General`s Office, State of Indiana

April 23, 1957