About the Collection

For many years I held on to the collection of family letters that are presented on this website. The letters are special to me — that is to be expected. The question that remained was, will anyone else care? Through the encourgement from others who have read them I decided that yes, others will care about these letters.

This US patch is a family heirloom of the descendants of William B. Phillips. It was worn on the front of his officer's Kepi hat.

This US patch is a family heirloom of the descendants of William B. Phillips. It was worn on the front of his officer’s Kepi hat.

Having decided to share these war letters the next question became how to do it. The obvious choice was to put them on the world wide web. Through some “Googling” and a bit of serendipity I connected with Bill Griffing. Bill shares my passion for the Civil War and is an experienced webmaster as well. With his help we published “The Civil War Letters of William Beynon Phillips” as a link on his marvelous website, “Private Letters — The Correspondence of James S. Griffing & J. Augusta Goodrich.” After being on the website for a period of time Bill needed the bandspace for his own material and we jointly agreed that the letters might best be presented on a blog, so that is what I have done.

The text that accompanies these letters was written by Mr. Griffing. He also did most of the transcriptions. I have done some editing and added commentary of my own along the way, but most of the research and writing is his.

Lastly, it is my hope that these letters will inspire others to share their comments and personal knowledge relative to the people, places and events depicted.

One Officer's Story among the Thousands who Served in the Union Army

William B. Phillip’s Letters bring color to the American Civil War

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