Letters of William Tell Cobb (1840-1913), of Mauricetown, New Jersey, and his brother, Edwin Cobb (b. 1838), also of Mauricetown, New Jersey. William Cobb participated in the battles of Fair Oaks and 2nd Manassas while in the Army, and the battle of Fort Fisher while in the Navy; he describes these battles in his letters. Edwin Cobb provides an eyewitness account of the battle between the "Monitor" and the "Merrimac". Other topics dealt with in the letters are camp conditions and everyday life in the Army and Navy, interaction between Union and Confederate soldiers, and the financial difficulties faced by William Tell Cobb and his family during the war. The collection also includes a photo of William Tell Cobb, his copy of "The Soldier's Guide" and a collection of typescripts of the letters
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Source: Ralph Poriss. Acc. No. 1993.45A; Purchased: 188 items, 7/01/1993. (Same as 98 C63).
Ludwick, Michael P. "Your most obedient son,": The Civil War Letters Of William Tell Cobb." 1995. Master Thesis, Swem Library, College of William and Mary. Call Number: LD6051 .W5m Hist., 1995, L83.
William Tell Cobb Papers, Special Collections Research Center, Swem Library, College of William and Mary.