Soldier’s Letter Archive of Samuel Cotter Kirkpatrick of the 11th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry

This one doesn’t hurt as much as I already had the transcriptions of all these letters, still would love to have had the chance to buy them for my archive to share with the online community, researchers and historians. That’s my problem with private collectors profiting from these letters, they don’t own history it belongs to us. If anyone has information on where these might be please let me know!

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Colonel Charles L. Harris, 11th Wisconsin Infantry letters

This one makes me sick to my stomach, again these letters were unknown to me when I wrote my book, it was an auction back in 2017. They were most likely a private collection and not listed any where. The description, “Archive┬ácomprised of over 18 letters, including at least five written by Harris himself, and other documents spanning the years 1858 to 1904.”
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Civil War Veteran Ladder Badge

Pretty cool item that was up for auction some time ago on Ebay. The description at the time of auction, “This is a very nice named ladder badge for a soldier who served in B Company of the 11th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry. The badge measures 1 1/2″ wide x 2 1/2″ tall overall, and reads ” E.S. Hunt – Co. B – 11th Wis. Vol. Inf. – 13 “. Most certainly, this is the man shown in the Civil War rosters as Edward S. Hunt, Company B., 11th Wisconsin Infantry Volunteers. A really scarce badge.” Hunt served from October 1864 to September 1865.
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More Images of 11th Wisconsin Soldiers

Carte-de-visite studio portrait of 1st Lieutenant Richard Cadell seated in a chair and wearing his military uniform. He holds a rifle in his right hand and a pistol across his chest in his left hand. He served in Company D, 11th Wisconsin Infantry Regiment, and was killed in the Battle of Blakely, at Fort Blakeley, Alabama, on April 9th, 1865. At the time of his death, he was a 2nd Lieutenant. On reverse of image, “Mrs. TEN EYCK, 89 Wisconsin St., Milwaukee. (Old No. 16).” There is also a cancelled proprietary 2 cent stamp on the back. (Credit: Wisconsin Historical Society)
 Johnny H. Nichols, an Oshkosh, Wisconsin resident who was a drum major for the 11th Wisconsin Infantry Regiment. It shows Nichols in uniform.

Again unfortunately I didn’t have access to these when writing my book, but getting the chance to share here now.

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Survivors of Co. H, 11th Wis. Vet. Vol. Infantry, 1889

Survivors of Co. H, 11th Wis. Vet. Vol. Infantry Taken during the twenty-third national encampment, August 28, 1889. From the Liljenquist Family Collection of Civil War Photographs, Prints and Photographs Division. Library of Congress.

(Another item that was not available when I wrote the book!)

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