Capt. Edwin Fosha U.S. Civil War letters, 1862-1864 (MS 664)
Letters and envelopes written by Captain Edwin Fosha to his wife Rebecca Fosha and children in Illinois.
Edwin J. Fosha (1826-1864) joined the 91st Illinois Infantry at Camp Butler, Ill. on September 8, 1862 leaving his wife, Rebecca, and his 2 daughters (Frances and Eva) in Morris, Illinois. His military service would take him to Kentucky, Missouri, Louisiana, and Brownsville, Texas. He was captured with his regiment in Kentucky in December 1862. He was on duty as paroled prisoner in Benton Barracks, Missouri until July 1863. He traveled with his regiment south to New Orleans, LA., and eventually to Brownsville, Texas. He died in the Regimental Hospital from acute dysentery in Brownsville, Texas on March 25, 1864.