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Jonathan B. Labrant papers
mssHM 73100-73223  
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Correspondence between Jonathan B. Labrant and his wife Mary; also letters to and by other family members.
Jonathan B. Labrant, Union soldier, was son of Jonathan Leibrandt and Margaret Isenbirgh Leibrandt (Labrant), German immigrants who came to America in 1832. In 1851, the family moved to Pierce Township, DeKalb County, Ill. In 1861, Jonathan B. Labrant married Mary Melissa Wilson. Their first son Charles was born in 1862, followed by Albina (1866), Wilson (1869), and twins Alvin and Calvin (1879). In February 1862, Labrant enlisted in the 58th Regiment, Co. G of Illinois Infantry, and took part in the battle of Shiloh, advance and siege of Corinth, Miss. (June-August, 1862), Meridian Campaign, (Feb.-Mar. 1864), Red River Expedition, Smith's expeditions to Tupelo and Oxford (Miss.), march through Arkansas and Missouri in pursuit of Price (Sept.-Nov. 1864), and Battle of Nashville. In 1863 the regiment was stationed at Springfield (Ill.), Cairo (Ill.) and Paducah (Ky.), guarding prisoners. He was mustered out in Chicago, in February 1865. After the war he lived in Kansas.
123 items, also photographs and ephemera
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