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The Calvin Shedd Papers - The Civil War in Florida: Letters of a New Hampshire Soldier

Developed by the Archives and Special Collections Department of the University of Miami (in collaboration with Dartmouth University), this Web site offers transcriptions of letters composed by Calvin Shedd to his family during the Civil War. Mr. Shedd was a carpenter from New Hampshire who enlisted in the Union Army's Seventh Regiment in 1861, serving for several years, most of which he spent in Florida. The letters contained here present an interesting account of one man's experience in the Union Army, which includes the general tedium that he felt being so far removed from where most of the intense fighting was taking place. The letters also contain many hyperlinks to related subjects and persons, including a complete roster of the New Hampshire Seventh Regiment and images and biographical data of relevant places and people. The site concludes with a page of links to related sites dealing with the Civil War, including other research centers and online photograph and manuscript collections. Overall, this site is an excellent introduction to the everyday life of a Union soldier, one that will be helpful for students hoping to capture a glimmer of the day-to-day routine of a soldier in this period.
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