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    George Messer 107th Regt. Illinois Volunteers Archive. Extensive archive of letters related to Corporal George Messer of DeWitt County, Illinois. He enlisted on July 4, 1862 as a musician, serving in Company F, 107th Regiment Illinois Infantry. He died on December 29, 1863 at Knoxville, Tennessee. A huge binder contains 86 letters from Messer to his wife (September 1862 to December 1863), 5 letters from wife Lottie to her husband, 7 letters from Messer to Thomas Kelley and Captain A. Kelley and one letter from Thomas Kelley to Messer. There are also a handful of letters written to Lottie Messer dealing with the death of her husband, a pre-war account book, a lock of hair (likely Messer's or a deceased child), a pair of pre-war tintypes (one possibly Messer and his son), fragments of letters from Messer and 13 post-war letters written by family members. The locales include: Camp Butler, Springfield, Louisville, Camp Waller, Glasgow, Lebanon, Green River, Rolling Fork, Columbia, Woodsonville, Scottsville, Mumfordsville [KY], Camp Hobson, Fort Boyle, Jamestown [TN], Louden and Knoxville. Most of the letters are accompanied by their original transmittal envelopes. Writing from the Lamar House Hospital in Knoxville six days before his death (his 89th letter home), Messer pens a 4-page missive to his wife: "... I think I am getting a little better and have been mending slowly since I wrote to you... the Rebels were between here and the Cumberland Gap for some time... was doubtful whose hands we would fall into so I went to work one day and destroyed all of your letters that I had that I did not wish other eyes to see...I would get my likeness taken and send to you but I am affraid it would scare you but I dont look so very poor in my face for it is nearly covered with hair and besides being considerably bloated." As with many soldiers, Messer died of chronic diarrhea, as related in the letter to Lottie announcing his death.

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