Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Pimper mss., 1861-1865, are Civil war letters of Fredrick E. Pimper, a private in Company H, 39th regiment, Ohio infantry, written to Sarah Parrott King, Farmers Station, Clinton county, Ohio.

The 39th regiment was organized at Camp Dennison, Ohio, August 3-13, 1861, to serve for 3 years. On the expiration of their term of service the original members except the veterans were mustered out, and the organization composed of veterans and recruits was retained in service until July 9, 1865.

The letters in the collection deal with life in the army; the movements of Pimper's company and the campaigns and actions in which it was involved, including the battle of New Madrid, Missouri, 1862, that of Corinth, Mississippi, 1862, the Atlanta campaign, Sherman's march to the sea, the siege of Savannah, 1864, and Sherman's march through North and South Carolina; comments on army officers; news of friends, the Ohio election of 1863 and the national election of 1864.

The letters are written from various places in Missouri in 1861; from Missouri, western Tennessee and northern Mississippi in 1862; from western Tennessee in 1863; from Georgia in 1864; and from South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Washington, D.C., Louisville, Kentucky, and Webertown, Ohio, in 1865.

Also included in the collection is a daguerreotype of Fredrick E. Pimper and one of Sarah Parrott King.

Collection size: 79 items

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