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A Guide to the Charles M. Duren Letters

Finding aid created by Nicole Milano

University of Florida Smathers Libraries - Special and Area Studies Collections
December 2008


Descriptive Summary

Creator: Duren, Charles M., 1842-1869
Title: Charles M. Duren Letters
Dates: 1864
Abstract: Eighteen letters from Charles M. Duren to his parents from Florida during the Civil War; includes a special order and transcripts.
Extent: 0.05 Linear feet. 18 Letters, 1 Special Order, 1 Transcripts Folder.
Identification: MS 254
Language(s): English
Online Content Items from this collection have been digitized and are available online in the UF Digital Collections. For more information please see the note below.

Biographical/Historical Note

Charles M. Duren, United States Army Lieutenant, was a white officer in charge of Company D, 54th Massachusetts (Colored) Infantry, which fought in the Battle of Olustee in Florida. Duren was from Bangor, Maine. He enlisted in the Massachusetts Volunteers at the outbreak of the Civil War and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in July, 1863. He participated in Burnside's expedition to North Carolina, the Battle of Newbern, the Battle of Olustee, and the occupation of Jacksonville, Florida. In 1864, while on the staff of General Hallowell, he was shot in the knee and thrown from his horse, breaking his leg. He was honorably discharged for disabilities in 1865, but never fully recovered. Charles M. Duren died on March 19, 1869, at age 27.


Scope and Content

This collection contains letters written by Charles M. Duren, stationed in Jacksonville, to his parents. The letters were written between February and April 1864. Two letters mention the Battle of Olustee and all the letters are written in the vicinity of Jacksonville. They recount the conditions of the camps and movements of his men around Jacksonville. The collection also contains transcriptions of the letters and one special order.


Access or Use Restrictions

Access

The collection is open for research.


Related or Separated Material

The University of Florida has other holdings on the Civil War. Consult with staff of the P.K. Yonge Library of Florida History for more information.


Administrative Information

Alternative Format Available

The Charles M. Duren letters have been digitized and are available online at Florida and the Civil War, part of the University of Florida Digital Collections.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Charles M. Duren Letters, Special and Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida.


Contents List

Box
1 Original documents (18 letters and 1 special order). 1864
1 1. Jacksonville. Dear Father. 1 sheet, folded, 4 leaves. February 9, 1864
1 2. Baldwin. Dear Mother. 1 sheet, folded, ripped, 4 leaves. February 15, 1864
1 3. Baldwin. Dear Father. 1 sheet, folded, 4 leaves. February 18, 1864
1 4. Jacksonville. Dear Father. 1 sheet, 2 leaves. February 27, 1864
1 5. Jacksonville. Dear Mother. 1 sheet, legal, folded, 4 leaves. February 29, 1864
1 6. Jacksonville. Dear Mother. 2 sheets, folded, 6 leaves. March 3, 1864
1 7. Jacksonville. Dear Father. 2 sheets, folded, 8 leaves. March 7, 1864
1 8. Jacksonville. Dear Father. 1 sheet, 1 leaf. March 12, 1864
1 9. Jacksonville. Dear Father. 1 sheet, folded, 4 leaves. March 15, 1864
1 10. Jacksonville. Dear Father. 1 sheet, 1 leaf. March 18, 1864
1 11. Jacksonville. Dear Father. 1 sheet, folded, 4 leaves. March 23, 1864
1 12. Jacksonville. Dear Father. 1 sheet, folded, 4 leaves. March 26, 1864
1 13. Jacksonville. Dear Father. 2 sheets, folded, 8 leaves. March 29, 1864
1 14. Jacksonville. Dear Mother. 1 sheet, folded, 4 leaves. April 2, 1864
1 15. Jacksonville. Dear Father. 1 sheet, folded, 4 leaves. April 6, 1864
1 16. Special Order. Special Order. 1 sheet, fragile. April 8, 1864
1 17. Jacksonville. Dear Mother. 2 sheets, folded, 8 leaves. April 9, 1864
1 18. Jacksonville. Dear Mother. 1 sheet, folded, 4 leaves. April 13, 1864
1 19. Jacksonville. Dear Father. 1 sheet, folded, 4 leaves. April 15, 1864
1 Transcriptions: 75 sheets, typed transcripts of letters.

Selected Subjects and Access Terms

Jacksonville (Fla.) -- History -- 19th century.
Olustee, Battle of, Olustee, Fla., 1864 -- Personal narratives.
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Personal narratives.
United States Army Massachusetts Infantry Regiment, 54th (1863-1865)



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