In Episode 2 we’re getting into what military camps looked like during the Civil War and how John got involved in the war. He enlists as an assistant surgeon in 1862 with the 19th Michigan Infantry.
To the Letter is a podcast brought to you in collaboration with University Libraries and the eLearning and Emerging Technologies Department’s Digital Studio at GVSU. On this podcast, we bring correspondence from GVSU’s Special Collections alive. In each episode you will hear (in their own words!) letters written by the people who lived through history and the stories behind them. John Bennitt is voiced by Matt Ruen, Scholarly Communications Outreach Coordinator at University Libraries.
Letters featured in Episode 2 are available below:
Letter from John Bennitt to his wife Lottie, August 21, 1862
Letter from John Bennitt to his wife Lottie, October 23, 1862
Additional research for this episode:
- The Drought that Changed the War
- Soldier’s Food During the Civil War
- If the Civil War Didn’t Kill You, The Food Might
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