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    [Civil War]. Archive of Letters to the Governors and the Adjutant General of Iowa consisting of well over twenty letters and one steamboat manifest spanning the years 1862 through 1865. The majority of the letters, addressed to either Governor Samuel Kirkwood or Governor William M. Stone, are requests for appointments to Iowa regiments that are being mustered in. Other letters contain endorsements from subordinates or, in one case, from a soldier's wife, attempting to get appointments for a third party.

    Beginning in 1863 and through the later years of the war, several of the letters are requests for discharges from service with explanations as to why. One such letter, dated May 29, 1863, from Dominick Heagney, 29th Regiment Iowa Volunteers is requesting a discharge to return home as his wife is ill and dying of tuberculosis. A second, dated December 26, 1864, from Second Sergeant Oliver H. Smith, a former resident of Andersonville Prison, is addressed to Adjutant General Baker requesting his certificate of discharge: "Being in some what of a dilemma and knowing your willingness to aid Iowa Soldiers I write you for Instruction...At the Battle of Missionary Ridge was taken Prisoner, removed to Bell Island, and there remained untill [sic] the 15th of March/64. from there was transported to Andersonville where lost My left hand and Arm below the elbow. from Andersonville was removed to Savannah...and after being paroled...was transported to Annapolis where received Thirty day Furlough with Orders to report at Camp Chase Columbus Ohio. I was a prisoner July 15th when time of Service expired...wish to know if there is any possible way of my being Discharged...You will oblige one of your Soldiers who has fought and suffered everything but Death..." Smith was discharged two months later.

    Of note is a letter dated March 1864, from the wife of J. R. Bruce, 4th Regiment Iowa Volunteers complaining that her husband has only "...sent me two dollars last July and I have not had one cent since have had nothing to eat or wear only as my nabours [sic] brought it to me I have a family to do for some of them sick...I lost two children a few weeks own husband waisted [sic] his money as soon as he recieved [sic] it and here I am with my little famley [sic] and nothing to support them on..." She further requests that she be money from her husband's wages. The letters are lightly toned and a few show some minor ink smudging or foxing.

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