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Collection Number: 03383-z

Collection Title: Richard Skinner Letters, 1862-1864.

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Abstract Richard Skinner (1842-1864) was a United States Army officer from Illinois. The collection includes Civil War letters from Skinner, written from various places in the South and Midwest, to his Yale University classmate William Woolsey Johnson (1841-1927), later a noted mathematician. Letters include frank personal reactions to his experiences and surroundings, especially in Davenport, Iowa, in late 1863.
Creator Skinner, Richard, 1842-1864.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Restrictions to Use
No usage restrictions.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Richard Skinner Letters, #3383-z, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Purchased 1958.
Additional Descriptive Resources
A copy of the original finding aid for this collection is filed in folder 1.
Sensitive Materials Statement
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Richard Skinner (1842-1864) was a United States Army officer from Illinois. He was the son of Mark and Elizabeth Skinner of Chicago, Ill. He graduated from Yale University in 1862, and shortly afterward was commissioned first lieutenant in the regular army, 10th Infantry. He served as a staff officer under Major General David Hunter, Brigadier General Benjamin S. Roberts, and Major General John Pope. He was wounded at Petersburg, Va., June 1864, and died of the wound.

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The collection includes Civil War letters from Richard Skinner, while a United States Army officer, written from various places in the South and Midwest, to his Yale University classmate William Woolsey Johnson (1841-1927), later a noted mathematician. Letters include frank personal reactions to his experiences and surroundings, especially in Davenport, Iowa, in late 1863.

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Processing Information

Processed by: SHC Staff

Encoded by: Noah Huffman, December 2007

Updated by: Kate Stratton and Jodi Berkowitz, May 2010

This collection was rehoused and a summary created with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

This finding aid was created with support from NC ECHO.

Diacritics and other special characters have been omitted from this finding aid to facilitate keyword searching in web browsers.

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