Michigan in the Civil War

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Jessup, Joseph, 1840-

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Seventeen letters (1861-1865) written for him by men in his company. He tells briefly of camp life, food and a box from home, sutlers, the weather, picket duty, skirmishing and the capture of rebels and rebel property, with one paragraph about General Custer and his "Flying Devils of Michigan." One letter, written to him by John Van Sickle, concerns news of men in the company; another, telling of his being wounded in battle, was written to his mother by John Brown of the 5th Michigan Cavalry. Jessup was in Company B, 2nd Michigan Infantry, 1861-1862, until he was taken prisoner at Williamsburg, Va. After his discharge, he re-enlisted in Company H, 5th Michigan Cavalry. Jessup was from Milford, Mich.

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