Augustus Holmes Papers

Summary Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections
Holmes, Augustus
Augustus Holmes papers
Date [inclusive]
0.1 Cubic feet , 1 folder

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: "Item title, Collection title, Collection Identifier, Michigan State University Archives & Historical Collections, East Lansing, Michigan".

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Biographical Note

Augustus Holmes enlisted in the 6th Michigan Cavalry in 1862 and spent several months on guard duty in Washington, D.C. He was wounded in the battle of the Wilderness in May 1864. The wound kept him in army hospitals for the rest of the war.

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Scope and Contents note

This collection consists of Civil War letters written by Augustus Holmes to family and friends. His letters describe guard duty as well as some scouting and raiding in Virginia. They also express Holmes' dissatisfaction with hospital life. Holmes frequently asked for or passed on news of his brother Edwin and stepbrothers Frank and Alvah Marsh (see collections c.109 and c.110). These materials have been transcribed, scanned and placed online at

Some typed descriptions are included in place of the original letters.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections February 1965

Conrad Hall
888 Wilson Road, Room 101
East Lansing , MI, 48824

Revision Description

  February 2000

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Legal Status

Copyright: Michigan State University Property Rights: Michigan State University

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from this collection must be obtained from University Archives & Historical Collections, Michigan State University.

Custodial History

Gift of Mrs. Charles Jacobs, 1961-01-26. Transferred by Michigan State University Museum.

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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials

See Also: c.00109 and c.00110.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • United States. Army. Michigan Cavalry Regiment, 6th (1862-1865).

Geographic Name(s)

  • United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Medical care

Personal Name(s)

  • Holmes, Edwin
  • Jacobs, Charles, Mrs.
  • Marsh, Alvah
  • Marsh, Frank

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Collection Inventory


Letters 1862-1865