Collection Number: 05746-z

Collection Title: Henry Oman Papers, 1862-1863.

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Size 10 items
Abstract Ten letters, 1862-1863, from Henry Oman written while serving in the 124th Illinois Volunteer Infantry Regiment to his wife, Sarah Mentzer Oman. Oman writes about religious beliefs and practices, shared acquaintances, interactions with enslaved people on plantations, the Siege of Vicksburg, and plans for the future.
Creator Oman, Henry, 1835-1863.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Henry Oman Papers, #5746-z, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from George Peters in June 2017 (Acc. 103096).
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Henry Oman (1834-1863) was born in Newport, R.I., and married Sarah Abbie Mentzer (1835-1918) on 27 Feb 1855 in Stow, Mass. Henry and Sarah moved to a farm in Kewanee, Ill., and had a daughter, Alice, in 1859, and a son, Henry, in 1863. On 8 August 1862, Oman enrolled in the newly begun muster roll for what became Company A for the 124th Illinois Volunteer Infantry Regiment. The regiment mustered into federal service and then traveled to the front in Jackson, Tenn. Oman served as a private through the Siege of Vicksburg, but became ill with typhoid fever, which resulted in his death on 18 August 1863.

Sarah moved back to Massachusetts with the children and remarried twice, to Henry Stiles in 1869 until his death in 1870, and to Edward Francis Green in 1871 until his death in 1913.

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The collection contains ten letters from Henry Oman to his wife, Sarah Mentzer Oman, sent during his service with the 124th Illinois Infantry, primarily in Mississippi. Oman's letters include writings on his religious beliefs and practices, shared acquaintances, interactions with enslaved people on plantations, the Siege of Vicksburg, and plans for the future.

Some letters contain notes made by one of Oman's daughter Alice's four children, who had each been given some of the letters from their mother.

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Processing Information

Processed by: Mary Oliva, July 2017

Encoded by: Mary Oliva, July 2017

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