W. J. Zbelsley Letters, 1862

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W. J. Zbelsley Letters, 1862
Zbelsley, W. J.
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Zollicoffer, Felix Kirk, 1812-1862.
United States.-- Army-- History.
Cumberland Gap Campaign, 1862.
Mill Springs (Ky.), Battle of, 1862.
Kentucky-- History-- Civil War, 1861-1865.
United States-- History-- Civil War, 1861-1865.
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W. J. Zbelsley was a Union soldier who participated in the Cumberland Gap Campaign during the Civil War. Zbelsley's 23 and 25 January 1862 letters describe a Union encampment on the Cumberland River in Kentucky, the number of troops and the Kentucky regiments present, the rough terrain and the difficulty of moving troops in the mountains, the death of Felix Zollicoffer at the Battle of Mill Springs, Ky., the slow pace of camp life, and the possibility of an end to the Civil War. Finding aids available in the repository