Pair of Personal Letters from Franklin, TN dated May, 1863
These two letters were written in May 1863 by Private Joseph E. Boyd of the 115th Illinois Infantry Regiment, Company D while stationed in Franklin, TN. He is working on the breastworks at Ft. Grainger. He, like most soldiers of the time, felt the war would be over soon and he would be headed home.
Private Boyd joined the Regiment at 19 years old in September of 1862 and was killed in action at Dalton, GA on October 13, 1864. He is buried in the Chattanooga National Cemetary. During his time of service, his company was involved in action at Chicamauga, Atlanta, Resaca, Kennesaw Mountain, Peachtree Creek, and Altoona Pass. After his death they would go on to fight at Franklin and Nashville.