Scope and Contents:
This collection contains correspondence of Capt. Patrick R. Needham, Co. I, 108th Ill. Vol. Inf., to his wife in Brimfield, Ill. The letters discuss family matters, financial concerns, an illumination given in Memphis celebrating the fall of Atlanta, and the drowning of a soldier. The Mar. 5, 1865, letter includes a detailed description of the countryside around New Orleans and the presence of a large fleet of war vessels on the Mississippi.