Durie, William B. Letter, 1864

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Summary Information

Repository:
Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University
Creator:
Durie, William B. (William Brittin Durie), 1840-1916
Title:
William B. Durie Letter, 1864
Collection No.:
SC 0013
Date:
Extent:
1 legal folder, .08 Cubic Feet
Language of the Material:
English
Abstract:
Letter written by William B. Durie, a Union Private during the American Civil War, to his sister dated December 27, 1864. Durie writes to his sister about his state of being, conditions in camp, and personal information about Christmas during the Siege of Petersburg.

Preferred Citation

[identification of item], [box #, folder #], William B. Durie Letter, 1864, SC 0013, Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA.

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Bio/Historical Note

William Brittin Durie (1840-1916) enlisted as a private in the Union Army on August 28, 1862. On September 17, 1862 Private Durie was mustered into Company B, 30th New Jersey Infantry Division. On June, 27, 1862 he was mustered out of service in Flemington, New Jersey. Durie was promoted to Corporal on April 12, 1863. On October 6, 1864 Durie was mustered into Company C, 39th New Jersey Infantry Division in which he served out the remainder of the war. He was mustered out of service again on June 17, 1865. Following the war, Durie remained in New Jersey until his death on January 16, 1916. William signed this particular letter as "W.B." All official documentation of Durie reference his given name - "William." Spelling variations of his surname include Durrie and Duryee.

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Scope and Content

This letter, dated December 27, 1864, was written by Cpl. William B. Durie to his "Dear Sister" during the Siege of Petersburg. This letter gives a glimpse at camp life during late 1864. Durie is writing shortly after Christmas to inform his sister that he is alive and well. He goes on to describe the conditions of the camp and the front, as well as details on his state of being. He tells her of the cold weather that the men are enduring during the Siege of Petersburg during Christmas. Durie also informs his sister of his ongoing dental problems and that his tooth was pulled the day before Christmas. Durie mentions that his paper supply is running low with only four pieces remaining. He also reveals some personal details when he informs his sister that he no longer has money to send to her, only having twenty-five cents remaining.

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Arrangement

One letter housed in a legal folder.

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Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection open to research. Researchers must register and agree to copyright and privacy laws before using this collection. Please contact Research Services staff before visiting the James Madison University Special Collections Library to use this collection.

Use Restrictions

The copyright interests in this collection have been transferred to the James Madison University Special Collections Library. For more information, contact the Special Collections Library Reference Desk (library-special@jmu.edu).

Acquisition Information

James Madison University Special Collections Library acquired this document at auction from Cohasco, Inc in January 2016.

Location

Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University

880 Madison DriveMSC 1704Harrisonburg, Virginia 22807library-special@jmu.eduURL: https://www.lib.jmu.edu/special/

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Index Terms

Genre and Form

  • Letters (correspondence)

Subject

  • Durie, William B. (William Brittin), 1840-1916 -- Correspondence
  • United States. Army. New Jersey Infantry Regiment, 39th (1864-1865)
  • Soldiers -- New Jersey -- Correspondence
  • Virginia -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Correspondence
  • United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Correspondence
  • United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Personal narratives
  • United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Regimental histories
  • United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Campaigns

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Bibliography

American War Research Database. Accessed November 10, 2016. http://civilwardata.com

Ancestry.com. Accessed November 8, 2016.

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Collection Inventory

Title/Description Instances
William B. Durie Letter, 1864 box 1 folder 1