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Samuel D. McIlheny Letters

Repository:Montana State University Library, Merrill G. Burlingame Special Collections
Summary:The McIlheny letters consist of photocopies from originals written to his mother and sister, during the Civil War from Jacinto, Mississippi and Murfreesboro, Tennessee, as well as from Helena, Montana Territory. McIlheny descriptions include the price of food, foraging expeditions, camp rumors, very little on enemy movements, the unpopularity of division commander Brig. Gen. Jefferson C. Davis, the abuse of civilians by some members of the Fourth Cavalry, and some camp rumors on troop movements. He also relates his overland journey to the territory, his disillusionment with mining prospects in the area, and local food prices and wages, mining conditions, and food.

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