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 January 4, Mary Willets Wright

Letters from 1864

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Letter from Augusta Bruen, Dayton, OH to Luther Bruen, 1864 April 3, Augusta Forrer Bruen

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Letter from Augusta Bruen, Dayton, OH to Luther Bruen, 1864 April 5, Augusta Forrer Bruen

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Letter from Augusta Bruen, Dayton, OH to Luther Bruen, 1864 April 6, Augusta Forrer Bruen

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Letter from Augusta Bruen, Dayton, OH to Luther Bruen, 1864 May 1, Augusta Forrer Bruen

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

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

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

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

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Letter from Augusta Bruen, Dayton, OH to Luther Bruen, 1864 May 2, Augusta Forrer Bruen

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

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Letter from Augusta Bruen, Dayton, OH to Luther Bruen, 1864 May 8, Augusta Forrer Bruen

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Letter from Augusta Bruen, Dayton OH, to Mary Bruen, 1864 May 3, Augusta Forrer Bruen

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Letter from Augusta Bruen, Dayton, OH to Mary Forrer, 1864 July 4, Augusta Forrer Bruen

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Letter from Augusta Bruen to Mary Howard Bruen, 1864 May 3, Augusta Forrer Bruen

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

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

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Letter from Luther Bruen, Camp near Brandy Station, VA to Augusta Bruen, 1864 May 1, Luther Barnett Bruen

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Letter from Luther Bruen, Camp near Kettle Run to Augusta Bruen, 1864 January 1, Luther Barnett Bruen

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Letter from Luther Bruen, Camp on Kettle Run to Augusta Bruen, 1864 January 3, Luther Barnett Bruen

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Letter from Luther Bruen, Culpeper, VA to Augusta Bruen, 1864 May 3, Luther Barnett Bruen

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Letter from Luther Bruen, "In the Wilderness" to Augusta Bruen, 1864 May 7, Luther Barnett Bruen

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Letter from Luther Bruen, Nokesville, VA to Augusta Bruen, 1864 April 1, Luther Barnett Bruen

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

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

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

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Letter from Luther Bruen, Nokesville, VA to Augusta Bruen, 1864 April 2, Luther Barnett Bruen

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

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

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

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

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Letter from Luther Bruen, Nokesville, VA to Augusta Bruen, 1864 April 3, Luther Barnett Bruen

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Letter from Luther Bruen, Nokesville, VA to Augusta Bruen, 1864 April 6, Luther Barnett Bruen

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Letter from Luther Bruen, Nokesville, VA to Augusta Bruen, 1864 April 9, Luther Barnett Bruen

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Letter from Luther Bruen, Nokesville, VA to Augusta Bruen, 1864 February 1, Luther Barnett Bruen

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Letter from Luther Bruen, Nokesville, VA to Augusta Bruen, 1864 February 5, Luther Barnett Bruen

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Letter from Luther Bruen, Nokesville, VA to Augusta Bruen, 1864 February 8, Luther Barnett Bruen

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Letter from Luther Bruen, Nokesville, VA to Augusta Bruen, 1864 March 3, Luther Barnett Bruen

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Letter from Luther Bruen, Nokesville, VA to Augusta Bruen, 1864 March 5, Luther Barnett Bruen

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Letter from Luther Bruen, Nokesville, VA to Augusta Bruen, 1864 March 7, Luther Barnett Bruen

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

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

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

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Letter from Luther Bruen, Nokesville, VA to Sarah "Sella" Bruen, 1864 March, Luther Barnett Bruen

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

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

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

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

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Letter from Luther Bruen, Washington, DC to the Postmaster General, 1864? May?, Luther Barnett Bruen

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

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

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Letter from Eric Coates, Fort Hamilton, NY to Augusta Bruen, 1864 August 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 August 12, Alexander J. Dallas

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

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

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Letter from Harry Egbert, [S.l.] to Captain Anderson, 1864? June?, Harry Egbert

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

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Letter from Sarah Forrer, Dayton, OH to Augusta Bruen, 1864 June 17, Sarah Hastings Howard Forrer

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Letter from Sarah Forrer, Dayton, OH to Augusta Bruen, 1864 June 5, Sarah Hastings Howard Forrer

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Letter from Sarah Forrer, Dayton, OH to Augusta Bruen, 1864 June 7, Sarah Hastings Howard Forrer