William Jefferson Hensley Papers,1861-1865

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William Jefferson Hensley Papers,1861-1865
Helsley, William Jefferson
.33 cubic feet
Blair, Francis Preston, 1791-1876.
Brough, John, 1811-1865.
Crittenden, Thomas Leonidas, 1819-1893.
Hooker, Joseph, 1814-1879.
Howard, O.O. (Oliver Otis), 1830-1909.
McClellan, George B. (George Brinton), 1826-1885.
Rousseau, Lovell Harrison, 1818-1869.
Sherman, William T. (William Tecumseh), 1820-1891.
Confederate States of America.-- Army-- Afro-American troops.
Confederate States of America.-- Army-- Recruiting, enlistment, etc.
United States.-- Army-- Recruiting, enlistment, etc.-- Civil War, 1861-1865.
United States.-- Army.-- Ohio Infantry Regiment, 19th (1861-1865)
Chattanooga (Tenn.), Battle of, 1863.
Copperhead movement.
Desertions, Military-- United States.
Disciples of Christ-- Ohio.
Letterheads-- United States.
Perryville (Ky.), Battle of, 1862.
Presidents-- Election-- 1864.
Slavery-- United States-- History.
Soldiers-- Recreation.
Alabama-- History-- Civil War, 1861-1865.
Bowling Green (Ky.)-- History-- Civil War, 1861-1865.
Confederate States of America-- Economic conditions.
Georgia-- History-- Civil War, 1861-1865.
Kentucky-- History-- Civil War, 1861-1865.
Louisville (Ky.)-- History-- Civil War, 1861-1865.
Ohio-- History-- Civil War, 1861-1865.
Tennessee-- History-- Civil War, 1861-1865.
United States-- History-- Civil War, 1861-1865.
United States-- History-- Civil War, 1861-1865-- Destruction and pillage.
United States-- History-- Civil War, 1861-1865-- Medical care.
United States-- History-- Civil War, 1861-1865-- Public opinion.
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William Jefferson Helsley was a farmer from Southington in Trumble County, Ohio. In 1861 he enlisted in the 19th Ohio Volunteer Infantry. He served in this unit until the end of the Civil War. Letters written while Helsley was a member of the 19th Ohio Infantry serving in Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia and Alabama. Near the end of the war he is assigned to the Pioneers, building bridges and clearing roads. He comments on politics, the Copperheads, generals, slavery and the rebellion. His attitude toward the Confederates becomes more virulent as the war progresses. Finding aids are available in repository