This collection contains correspondence between Illinois farmer and Civil war soldier James Alvin Bell (1834-1863) and his
about their private life. A few letters written by other soldiers after Bell's death, depict hardships of a Civil War soldier's
Born c. 1834, James Alvin Bell was a farmer in Kaneville, Illinois until he enlisted in the 8th Illinois Cavalry in May, 1861
where he served until his
death at Stanton Army Hospital (Washington, D.C.) in October 1863.
His long engagement to Augusta Anna (Hallock) Elliott, a school teacher in rural New York, is the most prominent matter of
475 pieces in 3 boxes
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