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Edwin A. Loosley papers


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Title: Edwin A. Loosley papers, 1862-1865Add to your cart.View associated digital content.

ID: 1/6/MSS 002

Primary Creator: Loosley, Edwin A.

Extent: 1.0 Boxes

Arrangement: Arranged in chronological order.

Subjects: Illinois - History - Civil war, 1861-1865, Loosley, Edwin A., Vicksburg (Miss.) - History - Siege, 1863.

Forms of Material: Loosley, Ann. - Correspondence, Loosley, Edwin A. - Correspondence, Loosley, Edwin A. - Diaries

Languages: English


Edwin A. Loosley, 81st Illinois Infantry, letters and diaries.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

More than 100 letters (plus fragments) from Edwin A. Loosley (cook and baker, 81st Illinois Volunteer Infantry) from the field, to his wife Ann in DuQuoin, (Perry County) Illinois, and two diaries (1864-1865).  Covers the Mississippi Expedition, the Battle of Thompson's Hill, the Battle of Champion's Hill, the Occupancy of Jackson, the Siege of Vicksburg, the Washita Expedition, the Red River Expedition, Guntown Expedition (Battle of Brice's Crossroads), the Chase after Price in Missouri, Pursuit of Hood in Tennessee, and the Surrender of Mobile in spring of 1865.

Describes the movements of the 81st, battles and skirmishes, and camp life, and offers opinions on politics, religion, war, and life in very interesting and readable prose.

Biographical Note

Edwin A. Loosley was born in 1835 in Buckinghamshire, England and moved from Philadelphia to DuQuoin, Illinois.  The muster roll gives his occupation as a baker in DuQuoin.  He was married to 24-year-old Ann (also born in England), and was the father of two girls (Charlotte, or Lottie, 4 years, and Lydia, 6 years, both born in Illinois).

Loosley's early letters indicate that he joined the army because he could make more money than in civilian life.  He became the regimental cook and supplemented his income by cooking and baking for the officers, often earning more than $30 dollars a month when most enlisted men made only $13. 

After the war, Loosley moved to Murphysboro, Illinois and opened a bakery in 1868, and expanded the business into a bakery and grocery in 1878.  He served as city clerk for Murphysboro in the 1890's.  His date of death is unknown by the processor at this time.

Subject/Index Terms

Illinois - History - Civil war, 1861-1865
Loosley, Edwin A.
Vicksburg (Miss.) - History - Siege, 1863.

Administrative Information

Repository: Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center

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Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1: InventoryAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Letters, 1862 August 5-28Add to your cart.

62/08/05 Camp Anna, Ill.

62/08/12 Camp Anna, Ill.

62/08/18 Camp Anna, Ill.

62/08/25 Camp Anna, Ill.

62/08/26 Oath of service

62/08/62 Camp Anna, Ill.

62/09/06 ordered to Cairo, Ill.

Folder 3: Letters, 1862 September 15 - October 8Add to your cart.

62/09/15 Camp Cairo, Ill.

62/09/26 Camp Cairo, Ill.

62/10/08 Columbus, Ky.

62/10/08 embarked from Columbus, Kentucky

62/10/09 arrived at Humboldt, Tennesee for garrison duty

Folder 4: Letters, 1862 October 12 - November 6Add to your cart.

62/10/13 Humboldt, Tennessee

62/11/06 Camp Humboldt, Tennessee

Folder 5: Letters, 1862 November 14 - December 21Add to your cart.

62/11/12 left by train to LaGrange, Tenn.  Part of 3rd Div., XVII Corps, Army of the Tennessee

62/11/14 LaGrange, Tenn.

62/11/28 Mississippi Expedition begins.

62/11/30 Holly Springs, Mississippi proceeded as far as Abbyville, Miss.

62/12/07 Oxford, Mississippi the raid by CSA Gen. Van Dorn on Holly Springs (12/21) to their rear caused them to retreat to Memphis.

Folder 6: Letters, 1863 January 11 - February 16Add to your cart.

63/01/11 Fayetteville, Tenn.

63/01/15 Fayetteville, Tenn.

63/01/20 Near Memphis

63/02/08 Near Memphis

63/02/16 Near Memphis

63/02/20 broke camp, boarded the fleet for Vicksburg

Folder 7: Letters, 1863 February 25 - March 26Add to your cart.

63/02/25 Lake Providence, La.

63/02/23 landed at Lake Providence

63/03/03 Lake Providence, La.

63/03/06 Lake Providence, La.

63/03/12 Lake Providence, La.

63/03/23 Lake Providence, La.

63/03/26 Lake Providence, La.

Folder 8: Letters, 1863 April 1 - 21Add to your cart.

63/04/01 Lake Providence, La.

63/04/16 embarked to Milliken's Bend

63/04/16 marched overland

63/04/18 Milliken's Bend

63/04/21 Milliken's Bend

63/04/28 camped below Vicksburg

63/04/30 cross river at Bruinsburg

Folder 9: Letters, 1863 May 6 - July 3Add to your cart.

63/05/06 Near Red River, Miss.   (Port Gibson)

63/05/14 occupancy of Jackson, Miss.

63/05/16 Battle of Champion's Hill

63/05/19 Siege of Vicksburg begins

63/05/26 Near Vicksburg

63/06/01 Near Vicksburg

63/06/05 Near Vicksburg

63/06/12 Near Vicksburg

63/06/17 Near Vicksburg

63/07/03 Near Vicksburg

63/07/03 Near Vicksburg

Folder 10: Letters, 1863 July 4 - October 2Add to your cart.

63/07/04 Near Vicksburg

63/07/04 Surrender of Vicksburg

63/07/04 Vicksburg, Miss.

63/07/11 Vicksburg, Miss.

63/07/22 Vicksburg, Miss.

63/08/21 Washita Expedition begins

63/09/20 Expedition ends

63/10/02 Memphis, Tenn.

Folder 11: Letters, 1863 October 5 - December 8Add to your cart.

63/10/05 Vicksburg, Miss.

63/10/12 Vicksburg, Miss.

63/10/23 Vicksburg, Miss.

63/11/07 Vicksburg, Miss.

63/11/12 Vicksburg, Miss.

63/11/13 Gen. Leggett now commands the 3rd Division.

63/11/21 Vicksburg, Miss.

63/12/08 Vicksburg, Miss.

64/01/10   Greenville expedition.  Due to a smallpox outbreak, the 81st did not go on the Big Black River expedition

Folder 12: Letters, 1864 January 31 - March 16Add to your cart.

64/01/31 Vicksburg, Miss.

64/02/18 Vicksburg, Miss.

64/03/05 Vicksburg, Miss.

64/03/16 Vicksburg, Miss.

64/03/09 Red River Expedition

Folder 13: Letters, 1864 March 24 - July 22Add to your cart.

64/03/24 Steamer "Diana"

64/04/16 Red River, La.

64/05/29 Steamer "St. Cloud"

64/06/02 Memphis, Tenn.

64/06/03 Guntown Expedition

64/06/10 Battle of Bryse's Cross Roads

64/06/12 arrived at Collinsville, Tenn.

64/06/14 Memphis, Tenn.

64/06/22 Memphis, Tenn.

64/07/16 Memphis, Tenn.

64/07/22 Memphis, Tenn.

Folder 14: Letters, 1864 August 2 - September 15Add to your cart.

64/08/02 Memphis, Tenn.

64/08/01   Expedition up the White River to St. Charles, Arkansas

64/08/12 St. Charles, Ark.

64/08/14 St. Charles, Ark.

64/09/15 near Brownsville, Ark

Folder 15: Letters, 1864 October 16 - November 21Add to your cart.

64/10/16 Steamer "Yellowstone," Missouri River near Jefferson City. Pages 5-12 of a 12-page letter detailing marches in pursuit of Confederate Generals Price and Marmaduke through Arkansas and Missouri.

64/10/17 Maj. Gen. Mower's expedition after Jefferson City, Mo. Price and Marmaduke through Missouri and Arkansas.

64/10/27 Warrenburg, Mo. 81st marched to Cape Girardeau (350 miles) in 19 days; by boat to Jefferson City, Mo.; cars to Otterville; marched to Warrensburg

64/10/31 train to Jefferson City, St. Louis, and Benton Barracks, Mo.

64/11/14 Benton Barracks, Mo.

64/11/20 Benton Barracks, Mo.

64/11/21 Benton Barracks, Mo.

64/11/23 left to Nashville to assist Thomas against Hood

Folder 16: Letters, 1864 December 1 - 1865 January 5Add to your cart.

64/12/01 Nashville, Tenn.

64/12/04 Nashville, Tenn.

64/12/15 engaged the enemy

64/12/16 Nashville, Tenn.

64/12/16 followed in pursuit as far as Clifton, Tenn.

64/12/28 near Pulaski, Tenn.

65/01/05 Clifton, Tenn.

Folder 17: Letters, 1865 January 13 - February 19Add to your cart.

65/01/13 Eastport, Miss.

65/01/1[5] Eastport, Miss.

65/01/23 Eastport, Miss.

65/02/05 Eastport, Miss.

65/02/13 Vicksburg, Miss.

65/02/18 Vicksburg, Miss.

65/02/19 Vicksburg, Miss.

Folder 18: Letters, 1865 February 21 - March 4Add to your cart.

65/02/21 New Orleans, La.

65/02/27 Chalmatte, La.

65/03/04 near New Orleans, La.

65/03/05 left for Mobile, Ala.

65/03/17 arrived at Dauphine Island

65/03/24   ran up Fish River, marched toward Spanish Fort

65/03/26   left Fish River, marched toward Mobile, skirmishing along the way

Folder 19: Letters, 1865 April 2 - April 28Add to your cart.

65/04/02 Sedgewick Hospital, La.

65/04/03 Spanish Fort

65/04/06 Sedgewick Hospital, La. marched to Montgomery

65/04/18 Sedgewick Hospital, La.

65/07 to Vicksburg to muster out

65/05/16 Sedgewick Hospital, La.

Folder 20: Letter fragmentsAdd to your cart.
Folder 21: DiariesAdd to your cart.

Volume 1, 1864 April 12 to October 30

Volume 2, 1864 November 23 to 1865 April 27

Folder 22: Typescript from Diaries, 1864 November 11 - 1865 April 27Add to your cart.

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