Brand

Hans Westerlund papers

1861-1865, 1960 and undated

MSS 379
1 linear inch (3 folders)



Name of Creator(s):

Westerlund, Hans.

Languages:

Swedish, English

Access:

There are no restrictions on the use of this collection.

Access points: Westerlund family.
Westerlund, Hans.
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865.
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Military life--Union.
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Military personnel--Union--Illinois.
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Participation, Swedish.
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Religious aspects.

Finding aid prepared by:

Samantha Crisp, June 2014.

Preferred citation:

[identification of item], in MSS 379 Hans Westerlund papers, Special Collections, Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois.

Repository:

Augustana College Special Collections
Thomas Tredway Library
639 38th Street
Rock Island, Illinois 61201
309-794-7643
specialcollections@augustana.edu




Existence and Location of Originals
Historical Note
Scope and Content
System of Arrangement
Related Materials
Container List



EXISTENCE AND LOCATION OF ORIGINALS

Original translations retained by donor

 

HISTORICAL NOTE

Hans Westerlund (1842-1873 or 1874) was a devout Evangelical Lutheran and a Civil War soldier who served in Company C of the 43rd Illinois Volunteer Infantry Regiment (also known as the “Koerner Regiment”) for the United States Army. During his time as a soldier, he was promoted to the rank of lieutenant for bravery. He survived the war and lived on a farm near Woodhull, Illinois, with his wife, Mary Edmund Westerlund, and their three daughters until his death from an illness contracted in the army in 1873 or 1874, at thirty-one years old.

 

SCOPE AND CONTENT

The Hans Westerlund papers contain correspondence, genealogical information, and photographs. Westerlund’s correspondence documents the 43rd Infantry’s movement from Benton Barracks, Missouri, through Pittsburg Landing, Jackson, and Bolivar, Tennessee, and Little Rock, Arkansas. The vast majority of the letters are addressed to Westerlund’s brother, Peter Westerlund. Letters are written in Swedish, but some letters have third-party English annotations describing their content or photocopies of typed or handwritten English translations. Topics include battles and developments in the Civil War, bad food at camp, money, marriage, Westerlund’s objections to slavery, and his devotion to God.

In addition to the correspondence, the collection contains a copy of the Genealogy of the Descendants of Hans Andreus Westerlund, 1960, and an undated newspaper clipping containing Peter Westerlund’s obituary. Also included are two unidentified tintypes, circa 1860s, with images of a man in a United States Army uniform (presumably Westerlund) and a teenage boy posing beside a chair (possibly Westerlund or one of his brothers).

 

SYSTEM OF ARRANGEMENT

Chronological.

 

RELATED MATERIALS
MSS 132 Basil H. Messler diary
MSS 314 Gould D. Molineaux diaries


 

CONTAINER LIST

BOX 1


Papers, 1861-1865, 1960, and undated

Correspondence, 1861-1865
Tintypes, circa 1860s
Genealogy of the Descendants of Hans Andreus Westerlund, 1960

 

 


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