The Osburn family papers consist of letters primarily written to Ginnie Osburn by her brothers Lewis and James who served in Maryland regiments of the Union Army during the Civil War. Major topics within the correspondence include life as a soldier, family concerns, illness, financial worries, travel on the frontier, business prospects, and local news.
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The Osburn Family papers consist of thirteen letters which span the period from 1857 to 1864, although most letters were produced in 1863 and 1864. All the letters but one were written to Ginnie Osburn; her correspondents were her brother, Lewis, and her friends, Rachael McClure and Matt. The remaining letter is from Ginnie's brother James to their mother. Major topics within the correspondence include life as a Union soldier during the Civil War, family concerns, illness, financial worries, travel on the frontier, business prospects, and local news.
Little is known about the Osburn family of Dillsburg, Pennsylvania, except what can be gathered from thirteen letters sent to Ginnie Osburn and her mother from Ginnie's brothers, Lewis and James, and friends, Rachael McClure and Matt--whose surname is not given. Both Lewis and James Osburn served in the Union army during the Civil War. Lewis was in Company B, 7th Maryland Regiment, while James served with Company I, 3rd Maryland Regiment. During the time of their correspondence, Lewis stayed in the Maryland and Virginia area, while James was in New Orleans.
The collection is organized as one series.
The Archives and Manuscripts Department purchased the Osburn Family Papers from Charles Apfelbaum in 1994.
Digital copies of the letters in this collection are available at http://digital.lib.umd.edu/ in the University of Maryland's Digital Collections.
Chemically inert clips have been used to attach letters to their accompanying envelopes, where appropriate. All materials have been placed in acid-free folders and in an acid-free container.