The Catharine Mitchill ‘31 Collection of Family Letters contains correspondence from the Bruen and Forrer families of Dayton, Ohio, the bulk of it spanning from 1845 into the end of the 19th century. In 1853, Augusta Forrer married Luther Barnett Bruen. Augusta came from and married into affluence. Her father, Samuel Forrer, was the engineer and general superintendent in charge of building, among other infrastructure projects, the turnpike system of canals in Montgomery County, Ohio. Luther Barnett Bruen was the son of Luther Bruen and Susan Barnett, also prominent members of the Dayton community. He was the editor of the Cincinnati Gazette before moving to Dayton to practice law. At the dawn of the Civil War, Luther enlisted in the Union Army and was appointed Major of the 12th regular infantry. At the Battle of the Wilderness on the 13th of May, 1864, Luther was wounded by enemy cannon fire and died of his injuries at Douglas Hospital in Washington, D.C. on the 21st of June. In addition to providing an intimate look at the impact of the Civil War on the wealthy northern family of Augusta Forrer Bruen and Luther Barnett Bruen, the collection has a strong focus on domestic life in the mid to late 19th century. The family correspondence surrounding Augusta Bruen details family finances, the education of children, rules of social conduct, and the care of the elderly, among other topics. This online collection comprises letters written letters from 1861-1865.

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Letters from 1865

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Letter from Mary Wright, Brooklyn, NY to Augusta Bruen, 1865-01-04, Mary Willets Wright

Letters from 1864

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Letter from Augusta Bruen, Dayton, OH to her Aunt Mary, 1864-08-11, Augusta Forrer Bruen

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Letter from Augusta Bruen, Dayton, OH to Luther Bruen, 1864-03-12, Augusta Forrer Bruen

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Letter from Augusta Bruen, Dayton, OH to Luther Bruen, 1864-03-15, Augusta Forrer Bruen

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Letter from Augusta Bruen, Dayton, OH to Luther Bruen, 1864-03-16, Augusta Forrer Bruen

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Letter from Augusta Bruen, Dayton, OH to Luther Bruen, 1864-03-22, Augusta Forrer Bruen

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Letter from Augusta Bruen, Dayton, OH to Luther Bruen, 1864-03-24, Augusta Forrer Bruen

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Letter from Augusta Bruen, Dayton, OH to Luther Bruen, 1864-03-27, Augusta Forrer Bruen

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Letter from Augusta Bruen, Dayton, OH to Luther Bruen, 1864-03-29, Augusta Forrer Bruen

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Letter from Augusta Bruen, Dayton, OH to Luther Bruen, 1864-03-31, Augusta Forrer Bruen

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Letter from Augusta Bruen, Dayton, OH to Luther Bruen, 1864-04-03, Augusta Forrer Bruen

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Letter from Augusta Bruen, Dayton, OH to Luther Bruen, 1864-04-05, Augusta Forrer Bruen

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Letter from Augusta Bruen, Dayton, OH to Luther Bruen, 1864-04-06, Augusta Forrer Bruen

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Letter from Augusta Bruen, Dayton, OH to Luther Bruen, 1864-04-10, Augusta Forrer Bruen

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Letter from Augusta Bruen, Dayton, OH to Luther Bruen, 1864-04-13, Augusta Forrer Bruen

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Letter from Augusta Bruen, Dayton, OH to Luther Bruen, 1864-04-13, Augusta Forrer Bruen

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Letter from Augusta Bruen, Dayton, OH to Luther Bruen, 1864-04-14, Augusta Forrer Bruen

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Letter from Augusta Bruen, Dayton, OH to Luther Bruen, 1864-04-29, Augusta Forrer Bruen

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Letter from Augusta Bruen, Dayton, OH to Luther Bruen, 1864-05-01, Augusta Forrer Bruen

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Letter from Augusta Bruen, Dayton, OH to Luther Bruen, 1864-05-02, Augusta Forrer Bruen

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Letter from Augusta Bruen, Dayton, OH to Luther Bruen, 1864-05-08, Augusta Forrer Bruen

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Letter from Augusta Bruen, Dayton, OH to Luther Bruen, 1864-05-12, Augusta Forrer Bruen

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Letter from Augusta Bruen, Dayton, OH to Luther Bruen, 1864-05-15, Augusta Forrer Bruen

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Letter from Augusta Bruen, Dayton, OH to Luther Bruen, 1864-05-17, Augusta Forrer Bruen

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Letter from Augusta Bruen, Dayton, OH to Luther Bruen, 1864-05-19, Augusta Forrer Bruen

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Letter from Augusta Bruen, Dayton, OH to Luther Bruen, 1864-05-21, Augusta Forrer Bruen

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Letter from Augusta Bruen, Dayton OH, to Mary Bruen, 1864-05-03, Augusta Forrer Bruen

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Letter from Augusta Bruen, Dayton, OH to Mary Forrer, 1864-07-04, Augusta Forrer Bruen

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Letter from Augusta Bruen to Mary Howard Bruen, 1864-05-03, Augusta Forrer Bruen

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Letter from Augusta Bruen, Washington City, to Sarah "Sella" Bruen, 1864-06-14, Augusta Forrer Bruen

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Letter from Luther Bruen, Camp between Dodd's Tavern and Spotsylvania, VA to Augusta Bruen, 1864-05-13, Luther Barnett Bruen

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Letter from Luther Bruen, Camp near Brandy Station, VA to Augusta Bruen, 1864-05-01, Luther Barnett Bruen

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Letter from Luther Bruen, Camp near Kettle Run to Augusta Bruen, 1864-01-01, Luther Barnett Bruen

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Letter from Luther Bruen, Camp on Kettle Run to Augusta Bruen, 1864-01-03, Luther Barnett Bruen

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Letter from Luther Bruen, Culpeper, VA to Augusta Bruen, 1864-05-03, Luther Barnett Bruen

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Letter from Luther Bruen, Douglas Hospital, DC to Augusta Bruen, 1864-05-16, Luther Barnett Bruen

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Letter from Luther Bruen, Douglas Hospital, DC to Augusta Bruen, 1864-05-18, Luther Barnett Bruen

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Letter from Luther Bruen, Douglas Hospital, DC to Augusta Bruen, 1864-05-19, Luther Barnett Bruen

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Letter from Luther Bruen, Douglas Hospital, DC to Augusta Bruen, 1864-05-21, Luther Barnett Bruen

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Letter from Luther Bruen, Douglas Hospital, DC to Augusta Bruen, 1864-05-21, Luther Barnett Bruen

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Letter from Luther Bruen, Douglas Hospital, DC to Augusta Bruen, 1864-05-22, Luther Barnett Bruen

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Letter from Luther Bruen, "In the Wilderness" to Augusta Bruen, 1864-05-07, Luther Barnett Bruen

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Letter from Luther Bruen, Nokesville, VA to Augusta Bruen, 1864-01-25, Luther Barnett Bruen

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Letter from Luther Bruen, Nokesville, VA to Augusta Bruen, 1864-01-27, Luther Barnett Bruen

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Letter from Luther Bruen, Nokesville, VA to Augusta Bruen, 1864-01-30, Luther Barnett Bruen

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Letter from Luther Bruen, Nokesville, VA to Augusta Bruen, 1864-02-01, Luther Barnett Bruen

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Letter from Luther Bruen, Nokesville, VA to Augusta Bruen, 1864-02-05, Luther Barnett Bruen

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Letter from Luther Bruen, Nokesville, VA to Augusta Bruen, 1864-02-08, Luther Barnett Bruen

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Letter from Luther Bruen, Nokesville, VA to Augusta Bruen, 1864-02-12, Luther Barnett Bruen

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Letter from Luther Bruen, Nokesville, VA to Augusta Bruen, 1864-02-17, Luther Barnett Bruen

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Letter from Luther Bruen, Nokesville, VA to Augusta Bruen, 1864-02-19, Luther Barnett Bruen

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Letter from Luther Bruen, Nokesville, VA to Augusta Bruen, 1864-02-24, Luther Barnett Bruen

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Letter from Luther Bruen, Nokesville, VA to Augusta Bruen, 1864-02-27, Luther Barnett Bruen

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Letter from Luther Bruen, Nokesville, VA to Augusta Bruen, 1864-02-29, Luther Barnett Bruen

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Letter from Luther Bruen, Nokesville, VA to Augusta Bruen, 1864-03-03, Luther Barnett Bruen

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Letter from Luther Bruen, Nokesville, VA to Augusta Bruen, 1864-03-05, Luther Barnett Bruen

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Letter from Luther Bruen, Nokesville, VA to Augusta Bruen, 1864-03-07, Luther Barnett Bruen

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Letter from Luther Bruen, Nokesville, VA to Augusta Bruen, 1864-03-10, Luther Barnett Bruen

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Letter from Luther Bruen, Nokesville, VA to Augusta Bruen, 1864-03-12, Luther Barnett Bruen

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Letter from Luther Bruen, Nokesville, VA to Augusta Bruen, 1864-03-15, Luther Barnett Bruen

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Letter from Luther Bruen, Nokesville, VA to Augusta Bruen, 1864-03-18, Luther Barnett Bruen

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Letter from Luther Bruen, Nokesville, VA to Augusta Bruen, 1864-03-19, Luther Barnett Bruen

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Letter from Luther Bruen, Nokesville, VA to Augusta Bruen, 1864-03-20, Luther Barnett Bruen

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Letter from Luther Bruen, Nokesville, VA to Augusta Bruen, 1864-03-22, Luther Barnett Bruen

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Letter from Luther Bruen, Nokesville, VA to Augusta Bruen, 1864-03-24, Luther Barnett Bruen

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Letter from Luther Bruen, Nokesville, VA to Augusta Bruen, 1864-03-25, Luther Barnett Bruen

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Letter from Luther Bruen, Nokesville, VA to Augusta Bruen, 1864-03-27, Luther Barnett Bruen

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Letter from Luther Bruen, Nokesville, VA to Augusta Bruen, 1864-03-29, Luther Barnett Bruen

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Letter from Luther Bruen, Nokesville, VA to Augusta Bruen, 1864-04-01, Luther Barnett Bruen

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Letter from Luther Bruen, Nokesville, VA to Augusta Bruen, 1864-04-02, Luther Barnett Bruen

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Letter from Luther Bruen, Nokesville, VA to Augusta Bruen, 1864-04-03, Luther Barnett Bruen

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Letter from Luther Bruen, Nokesville, VA to Augusta Bruen, 1864-04-06, Luther Barnett Bruen

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Letter from Luther Bruen, Nokesville, VA to Augusta Bruen, 1864-04-09, Luther Barnett Bruen

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Letter from Luther Bruen, Nokesville, VA to Augusta Bruen, 1864-04-11, Luther Barnett Bruen

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Letter from Luther Bruen, Nokesville, VA to Augusta Bruen, 1864-04-16, Luther Barnett Bruen

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Letter from Luther Bruen, Nokesville, VA to Augusta Bruen, 1864-04-18, Luther Barnett Bruen

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Letter from Luther Bruen, Nokesville, VA to Augusta Bruen, 1864-04-20, Luther Barnett Bruen

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Letter from Luther Bruen, Nokesville, VA to Augusta Bruen, 1864-04-24, Luther Barnett Bruen

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Letter from Luther Bruen, Nokesville, VA to Augusta Bruen, 1864-04-26, Luther Barnett Bruen

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Letter from Luther Bruen, Nokesville, VA to Augusta Bruen, 1864-04-27, Luther Barnett Bruen

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Letter from Luther Bruen, Nokesville, VA to Frank Bruen, 1864-03-24, Luther Barnett Bruen

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Letter from Luther Bruen, Nokesville, VA to Sarah "Sella" Bruen, 1864-02-24, Luther Barnett Bruen

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Letter from Luther Bruen, Nokesville, VA to Sarah "Sella" Bruen, 1864-03-??, Luther Barnett Bruen

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Letter from Luther Bruen, Nokesville, VA to Sarah "Sella" Bruen, 1864-03-24, Luther Barnett Bruen

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Letter from Luther Bruen, Nokesville, VA to Sarah "Sella" Bruen, 1864-04-26, Luther Barnett Bruen

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Letter from Luther Bruen, [S.l.] to Augusta Bruen, 1864-05-13, Luther Barnett Bruen

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Letter from Luther Bruen, Washington, DC to Augusta Bruen, 1864-01-22, Luther Barnett Bruen

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Letter from Luther Bruen, Washington, DC to R. G. Corwin, 1864-06-17, Luther Barnett Bruen

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Letter from Luther Bruen, Washington, DC to the Postmaster General, [1864-05], Luther Barnett Bruen

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Telegram from Luther Bruen, Washington, DC to R. G. Corwin, 1864-05-25, Luther Barnett Bruen

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Letter from Sarah "Sella" Bruen, Dayton, OH to Luther and Augusta Bruen, 1864-05-26, Sarah "Sella" Howard Bruen

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Letter from Eric Coates, Fort Hamilton, NY to Augusta Bruen, 1864-08-15, Eric Coates

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Letter from Alexander J. Dallas (12th US Infantry), Office Pro. Mar. Genl., Army of Potomac to Augusta Bruen, 1864-08-12, Alexander J. Dallas

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Letter from Fannie V. Dallas, Georgetown, DC to Augusta Bruen, 1864-08-15, Fannie V. Dallas

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Letter from Fannie V. Dallas, Sandusky, OH to Augusta Bruen, 1864-06-29, Fannie V. Dallas

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Letter from Harry Egbert, [S.l.] to Captain Anderson, Harry Egbert

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Letter from Sarah Forrer, Dayton, OH to Augusta Bruen, 1864-06-05, Sarah Hastings Howard Forrer

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Letter from Sarah Forrer, Dayton, OH to Augusta Bruen, 1864-06-07, Sarah Hastings Howard Forrer

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Letter from Sarah Forrer, Dayton, OH to Augusta Bruen, 1864-06-09, Sarah Hastings Howard Forrer

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Letter from Sarah Forrer, Dayton, OH to Augusta Bruen, 1864-06-14, Sarah Hastings Howard Forrer