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 1864

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Letter from Sarah Forrer, Dayton, OH to Augusta Bruen, 1864 June 9, Sarah Hastings Howard Forrer

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Letter from Theodore Sullivan, Dayton, OH to Augusta Bruen, 1864 July 1, Theodore Sullivan

Letters from 1863

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Letter from Augusta Bruen, Dayton, OH to Luther Bruen, 1863 August, Augusta Forrer Bruen

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Letter from Augusta Bruen, Dayton, OH to Luther Bruen, 1863 August 16, Augusta Forrer Bruen

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Letter from Augusta Bruen, Dayton, OH to Luther Bruen, 1863 August 18, Augusta Forrer Bruen

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Letter from Augusta Bruen, Dayton, OH to Luther Bruen, 1863 August 23, Augusta Forrer Bruen

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Letter from Augusta Bruen, Dayton, OH to Luther Bruen, 1863 August 25, Augusta Forrer Bruen

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Letter from Augusta Bruen, Dayton, OH to Luther Bruen, 1863 August 30, Augusta Forrer Bruen

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Letter from Augusta Bruen, Dayton, OH to Luther Bruen, 1863 August 4, Augusta Forrer Bruen

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Letter from Augusta Bruen, Dayton, OH to Luther Bruen, 1863 August 9, Augusta Forrer Bruen

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Letter from Augusta Bruen, Dayton, OH to Luther Bruen, 1863 December 13, Augusta Forrer Bruen

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Letter from Augusta Bruen, Dayton, OH to Luther Bruen, 1863 December 16, Augusta Forrer Bruen

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Letter from Augusta Bruen, Dayton, OH to Luther Bruen, 1863 December 20, Augusta Forrer Bruen

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Letter from Augusta Bruen, Dayton, OH to Luther Bruen, 1863 December 22, Augusta Forrer Bruen

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Letter from Augusta Bruen, Dayton, OH to Luther Bruen, 1863 December 27, Augusta Forrer Bruen

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Letter from Augusta Bruen, Dayton, OH to Luther Bruen, 1863 December 3, Augusta Forrer Bruen

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Letter from Augusta Bruen, Dayton, OH to Luther Bruen, 1863 December 30, Augusta Forrer Bruen

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Letter from Augusta Bruen, Dayton, OH to Luther Bruen, 1863 December 6, Augusta Forrer Bruen

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Letter from Augusta Bruen, Dayton, OH to Luther Bruen, 1863 January 11, Augusta Forrer Bruen

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Letter from Augusta Bruen, Dayton, OH to Luther Bruen, 1863 January 4, Augusta Forrer Bruen

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Letter from Augusta Bruen, Dayton, OH to Luther Bruen, 1863 July 1, Augusta Forrer Bruen

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Letter from Augusta Bruen, Dayton, OH to Luther Bruen, 1863 July 12, Augusta Forrer Bruen

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Letter from Augusta Bruen, Dayton, OH to Luther Bruen, 1863 July 15, Augusta Forrer Bruen

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Letter from Augusta Bruen, Dayton, OH to Luther Bruen, 1863 July 19, Augusta Forrer Bruen

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Letter from Augusta Bruen, Dayton, OH to Luther Bruen, 1863 July 22, Augusta Forrer Bruen

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Letter from Augusta Bruen, Dayton, OH to Luther Bruen, 1863 July 26, Augusta Forrer Bruen

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Letter from Augusta Bruen, Dayton, OH to Luther Bruen, 1863 July 29, Augusta Forrer Bruen

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Letter from Augusta Bruen, Dayton, OH to Luther Bruen, 1863 July 5, Augusta Forrer Bruen

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Letter from Augusta Bruen, Dayton, OH to Luther Bruen, 1863 July 8, Augusta Forrer Bruen

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Letter from Augusta Bruen, Dayton, OH to Luther Bruen, 1863 June 10, Augusta Forrer Bruen

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Letter from Augusta Bruen, Dayton, OH to Luther Bruen, 1863 June 14, Augusta Forrer Bruen

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Letter from Augusta Bruen, Dayton, OH to Luther Bruen, 1863 June 16, Augusta Forrer Bruen

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Letter from Augusta Bruen, Dayton, OH to Luther Bruen, 1863 June 21, Augusta Forrer Bruen

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Letter from Augusta Bruen, Dayton, OH to Luther Bruen, 1863 June 24, Augusta Forrer Bruen

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Letter from Augusta Bruen, Dayton, OH to Luther Bruen, 1863 June 28, Augusta Forrer Bruen

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Letter from Augusta Bruen, Dayton, OH to Luther Bruen, 1863 June 3, Augusta Forrer Bruen

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Letter from Augusta Bruen, Dayton, OH to Luther Bruen, 1863 June 7, Augusta Forrer Bruen

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Letter from Augusta Bruen, Dayton, OH to Luther Bruen, 1863 May 10, Augusta Forrer Bruen

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Letter from Augusta Bruen, Dayton, OH to Luther Bruen, 1863 May 13, Augusta Forrer Bruen

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Letter from Augusta Bruen, Dayton, OH to Luther Bruen, 1863 May 17, Augusta Forrer Bruen

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Letter from Augusta Bruen, Dayton, OH to Luther Bruen, 1863 May 19, Augusta Forrer Bruen

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Letter from Augusta Bruen, Dayton, OH to Luther Bruen, 1863 May 20, Augusta Forrer Bruen

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Letter from Augusta Bruen, Dayton, OH to Luther Bruen, 1863 May 24, Augusta Forrer Bruen

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Letter from Augusta Bruen, Dayton, OH to Luther Bruen, 1863 May 27, Augusta Forrer Bruen

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Letter from Augusta Bruen, Dayton, OH to Luther Bruen, 1863 May 31, Augusta Forrer Bruen

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Letter from Augusta Bruen, Dayton, OH to Luther Bruen, 1863 November 17, Augusta Forrer Bruen

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Letter from Augusta Bruen, Dayton, OH to Luther Bruen, 1863 November 22, Augusta Forrer Bruen

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Letter from Augusta Bruen, Dayton, OH to Luther Bruen, 1863 November 25, Augusta Forrer Bruen

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Letter from Augusta Bruen, Dayton, OH to Luther Bruen, 1863 November 29, Augusta Forrer Bruen

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Letter from Augusta Bruen, Dayton, OH to Luther Bruen, 1863 October 11, Augusta Forrer Bruen

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Letter from Augusta Bruen, Dayton, OH to Luther Bruen, 1863 October 14, Augusta Forrer Bruen

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Letter from Augusta Bruen, Dayton, OH to Luther Bruen, 1863 September 2, Augusta Forrer Bruen

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Letter from Augusta Bruen, Dayton, OH to Luther Bruen, 1863 September 4, Augusta Forrer Bruen

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Letter from Augusta Bruen, Dayton, OH to Luther Bruen, 1863 September 6, Augusta Forrer Bruen

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Letter from Augusta Bruen, Dayton, OH to Luther Bruen, 1863 September 9, Augusta Forrer Bruen

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Letter from Augusta Bruen and Sarah "Sella" Bruen, Dayton, OH to Luther Bruen, 1863 October 7, Augusta Forrer Bruen and Sarah "Sella" Howard Bruen

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Letter from Luther Bruen, Albemarle Hotel, NY to Augusta Bruen, 1863 September 12, Luther Barnett Bruen

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Letter from Luther Bruen, Camp in Tompkins Square, NY to Augusta Bruen, 1863 August 26, Luther Barnett Bruen

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Letter from Luther Bruen, Camp in Tompkins Square, NY to Augusta Bruen, 1863 August 27, Luther Barnett Bruen

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Letter from Luther Bruen, Camp in Tompkins Square, NY to Augusta Bruen, 1863 August 30, Luther Barnett Bruen

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Letter from Luther Bruen, Camp in Tompkins Square, NY to Augusta Bruen, 1863 September 8, Luther Barnett Bruen

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Letter from Luther Bruen, Camp near 3 Mile Station, [Warrenton, VA], to Augusta Bruen, 1863 November 3, Luther Barnett Bruen

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Letter from Luther Bruen, Camp near Auburn, VA to Augusta Bruen, 1863 October 25, Luther Barnett Bruen

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Letter from Luther Bruen, Camp near Auburn, VA to Augusta Bruen, 1863 October 28, Luther Barnett Bruen

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Letter from Luther Bruen, Camp near Bealeton Station, VA to Augusta Bruen, 1863 December 15, Luther Barnett Bruen

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Letter from Luther Bruen, Camp near Bealeton Station, VA to Augusta Bruen, 1863 December 7, Luther Barnett Bruen

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Letter from Luther Bruen, Camp near Bealeton, VA to Augusta Bruen, 1863 December 10, Luther Barnett Bruen

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Letter from Luther Bruen, Camp near Bealeton, VA to Augusta Bruen, 1863 December 13, Luther Barnett Bruen

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Letter from Luther Bruen, Camp near Bealeton, VA to Augusta Bruen, 1863 December 18, Luther Barnett Bruen

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Letter from Luther Bruen, Camp near Bealeton, VA to Augusta Bruen, 1863 December 21, Luther Barnett Bruen

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Letter from Luther Bruen, Camp near Bealeton, VA to Augusta Bruen, 1863 December 22, Luther Barnett Bruen

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Letter from Luther Bruen, Camp near Bealeton, VA to Augusta Bruen, 1863 December 26, Luther Barnett Bruen

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Letter from Luther Bruen, Camp near Bealeton, VA to Augusta Bruen, 1863 December 8, Luther Barnett Bruen

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Letter from Luther Bruen, Camp near Centreville, VA to Augusta Bruen, 1863 October 17, Luther Barnett Bruen

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Letter from Luther Bruen, Camp near Culpeper, C.H. VA to Augusta Bruen, 1863 October 7, Luther Barnett Bruen

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Letter from Luther Bruen, Camp near Culpeper, VA to Augusta Bruen, 1863 October 4, Luther Barnett Bruen

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Letter from Luther Bruen, Camp near Culpeper, VA to Augusta Bruen, 1863 September 23, Luther Barnett Bruen

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Letter from Luther Bruen, Camp near Culpeper, VA to Augusta Bruen, 1863 September 29, Luther Barnett Bruen

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Letter from Luther Bruen, Camp near Germantown, VA to Augusta Bruen, 1863 October 15, Luther Barnett Bruen

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Letter from Luther Bruen, Camp near Kelly's Ford, VA to Augusta Bruen, 1863 November 9, Luther Barnett Bruen

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Letter from Luther Bruen, Camp near Mountain Creek, [Culpeper, VA] to Augusta Bruen, 1863 November 14, Luther Barnett Bruen

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Letter from Luther Bruen, Camp near Mountain Run, [Culpeper, VA] to Augusta Bruen, 1863 November 11, Luther Barnett Bruen

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Letter from Luther Bruen, Camp near New Baltimore, VA to Augusta Bruen, 1863 October 21, Luther Barnett Bruen

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Letter from Luther Bruen, Camp near New Baltimore, VA to Augusta Bruen, 1863 October 22, Luther Barnett Bruen

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Letter from Luther Bruen, Camp near New Baltimore, VA to Augusta Bruen, 1863 October 23, Luther Barnett Bruen

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Letter from Luther Bruen, Camp near Peola Mills, VA to Augusta Bruen, 1863 November 18, Luther Barnett Bruen

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Letter from Luther Bruen, Camp near Peola Mills, VA to Augusta Bruen, 1863 November 19, Luther Barnett Bruen

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Letter from Luther Bruen, Camp near Peola Mills, VA to Augusta Bruen, 1863 November 22, Luther Barnett Bruen

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Letter from Luther Bruen, Camp near Peola Mills, VA to Augusta Bruen, 1863 November 24, Luther Barnett Bruen

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Letter from Luther Bruen, Camp near Peola Mills, VA to Augusta Bruen, 1863 November 25, Luther Barnett Bruen

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Letter from Luther Bruen, Camp near Rappahanock Station, VA to Augusta Bruen, 1863 December 3, Luther Barnett Bruen

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Letter from Luther Bruen, Camp near Warrenton Junction, VA to Augusta Bruen, 1863 November 1, Luther Barnett Bruen

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Letter from Luther Bruen, Camp near Warrenton, VA to Augusta Bruen, 1863 November 5, Luther Barnett Bruen

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Letter from Luther Bruen, Culpeper, VA to Augusta Bruen, 1863 September 22, Luther Barnett Bruen

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Letter from Luther Bruen, Fort Hamilton, NY to Augusta Bruen, 1863 August 13, Luther Barnett Bruen

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Letter from Luther Bruen, Fort Hamilton, NY to Augusta Bruen, 1863 August 16, Luther Barnett Bruen

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Letter from Luther Bruen, Fort Hamilton, NY to Augusta Bruen, 1863 August 19, Luther Barnett Bruen

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Letter from Luther Bruen, Fort Hamilton, NY to Augusta Bruen, 1863 August 2, Luther Barnett Bruen

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Letter from Luther Bruen, Fort Hamilton, NY to Augusta Bruen, 1863 August 6, Luther Barnett Bruen

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Letter from Luther Bruen, Fort Hamilton, NY to Augusta Bruen, 1863 August 8, Luther Barnett Bruen