Michigan in the Civil War

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Hall, Morris Stuart, 1839-1913.

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Morris S. Hall, from his papers

Twenty-two letters (1863-1866) written to members of his family. He tells of guard and patrol duty and of his duties as commissary of subsistence with the Army of the Cumberland. He describes the review of troops, the beauties of the Tennessee and Georgia countryside; comments on his religious beliefs, Copperheads, doctors and hospitals, Vallandigham's crossing, and intrigues in army promotions. He gives accounts of skirmishes and a vivid description of the battle of Nashville with special praise for the bravery of the Colored troops. Hall, of Raisin, Mich., enlisted in Company I, 18th Michigan Infantry, July 30, 1862, and was discharged April 14, 1864 to accept a commission in the 44th U. S. Colored Troops.

The collection also contains an autobiographical sketch, written in 1908, which is chiefly devoted to reminiscences of the Civil War. He gives many vivid accounts of army life, skirmishes, battles-especially those against Hood's army at Franklin and Nashville. Much is written concerning the training of the Colored regiment he commanded and of its bravery under fire.

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