To Capt. Christopher T. Dunham June 30, 1863 from a William E. Merrill, Department of Cumberland.

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Title

To Capt. Christopher T. Dunham June 30, 1863 from a William E. Merrill, Department of Cumberland.

Description

Christopher Theodore Dunham was born Sept 24, 1836 in Berkshire, Tioga County, NY. He moved to Freeport, Stephenson County, IL around 1856 and in 1860 was elected county surveyor. In the spring of 1861 he enlisted as a corporal in Capt. Atkin's company in the 11th Illinois Regiment of the Union Army. He transferred to Noleman's Calvary Company and was mustered out July 5, 1862. He returned to Freeport where he again enlisted under the President's call of July 1. 1862 and was elected Captain of Company F, 92nd Illinois Volunteers. With his background as a surveyor, he was detailed as Topographical officer on the staff of Brigadier General A. Baird, commander of his regiment's division. He married Sarah (“Sadie” or “Saddie”) E. Cummings September 22, 1862 in Freeport, Illinois. In 1864 he was tendered by Governor Yates the commission of Lt. Col. but turned it down to remain on staff duty. He was also attached to HQ 3rd Div. Army of Kentucky and HQ 1st Div. Reserve Army Corps. After returning to Freeport he was again surveying, but in 1872 was admitted to the Elgin Insane Asylum, where he died January 27, 1878.

Date

June 30, 1863

Rights

Midway Village Museum

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Identifier

2013.70.33

Text

2013.70.33

HEAD-QUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE CUMBERLAND,
Winchester July 30th 1863.
Captain,
I find on my arrival from Nashville several letters from you. I take the first opportunity to answer them. I regret that circumstances have prevented you from coming to HedQrs. but I cannot but acknowledge that your feeling in the matter is right & proper. Your map of Shelbyville was copied & sent to Gen'l. Halleck. I shall be glad to receive whatever maps you have on hand & to receive any notes you may send in in the future. The instruments were receipted for to Lt. Wharton and ought to be returned to him. I shall always be glad to hear from you
Very Truly
Wm. E. Merrill
Capt. [Engn.]
Capt. Dunham 92nd Ill.

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“To Capt. Christopher T. Dunham June 30, 1863 from a William E. Merrill, Department of Cumberland.,” Midway Village Museum - Digital Collections, accessed July 29, 2021, https://midwayvillagemuseumdigitalcollections.omeka.net/items/show/31.

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