Michigan in the Civil War

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Bingham, Kinsley S. (Kinsley Scott), 1808-1861.

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The papers of this Michigan governor and U.S. senator include fifty-six letters (1861-1862) of his son James W. Bingham, written to members of his family while he was in military service. Bingham served in Company H, 1st Michigan Infantry, at Alexandria, Va.; in Chicago and Peoria, Ill., as a recruiting officer for the 16th U. S. Infantry; and later on active duty in Kentucky. The letters concern the attitude of the citizens of Alexandria towards the Michigan troops, the assassination of Colonel Ellsworth, the Zouaves, social and camp life, marches and skirmishes, political news of the day and the towns in which he was encamped. Bingham died of disease at Bardstown, Ky., Nov. 9, 1862.

The collection also includes three letters from Kinsley S. Bingham concerning the Battle of Bull Run.

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