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Samuel Hildreth Putnam (1835-1911) was the son of Douglas Putnam and Mary Ann (Hildreth) Putnam. After attending Marietta College, he assisted his father with the operation of a bucket factory. In 1861 Putnam enlisted with Company L of the 1st Regiment, O.V.C. He rose to the rank of 1st lieutenant, and was with the escort of Gen. George H. Thomas, commander of the 14th Army Corps. This collection, dating from 1861 to 1879, contains letters written home during his Civil War service, as well as courtship letters written to Abigail Mixer, who he married in 1866.

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