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 1863

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Letter from Luther Bruen, Fort Hamilton, NY to Augusta Bruen, 1863 January 1, Luther Barnett Bruen

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Letter from Luther Bruen, Fort Hamilton, NY to Augusta Bruen, 1863 January 12, Luther Barnett Bruen

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Letter from Luther Bruen, Fort Hamilton, NY to Augusta Bruen, 1863 January 14, Luther Barnett Bruen

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Letter from Luther Bruen, Fort Hamilton, NY to Augusta Bruen, 1863 January 4, Luther Barnett Bruen

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

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Letter from Luther Bruen, Fort Hamilton, NY to Augusta Bruen, 1863 July 15, Luther Barnett Bruen

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Letter from Luther Bruen, Fort Hamilton, NY to Augusta Bruen, 1863 July 17, Luther Barnett Bruen

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Letter from Luther Bruen, Fort Hamilton, NY to Augusta Bruen, 1863 July 18, Luther Barnett Bruen

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

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Letter from Luther Bruen, Fort Hamilton, NY to Augusta Bruen, 1863 July 23, Luther Barnett Bruen

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Letter from Luther Bruen, Fort Hamilton, NY to Augusta Bruen, 1863 July 26, Luther Barnett Bruen

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Letter from Luther Bruen, Fort Hamilton, NY to Augusta Bruen, 1863 July 30, Luther Barnett Bruen

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Letter from Luther Bruen, Fort Hamilton, NY to Augusta Bruen, 1863 July 5, Luther Barnett Bruen

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

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Letter from Luther Bruen, Fort Hamilton, NY to Augusta Bruen, 1863 June 11, Luther Barnett Bruen

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Letter from Luther Bruen, Fort Hamilton, NY to Augusta Bruen, 1863 June 14, Luther Barnett Bruen

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Letter from Luther Bruen, Fort Hamilton, NY to Augusta Bruen, 1863 June 18, Luther Barnett Bruen

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Letter from Luther Bruen, Fort Hamilton, NY to Augusta Bruen, 1863 June 21, Luther Barnett Bruen

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Letter from Luther Bruen, Fort Hamilton, NY to Augusta Bruen, 1863 June 25, Luther Barnett Bruen

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Letter from Luther Bruen, Fort Hamilton, NY to Augusta Bruen, 1863 June 28, Luther Barnett Bruen

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Letter from Luther Bruen, Fort Hamilton, NY to Augusta Bruen, 1863 June 3, Luther Barnett Bruen

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Letter from Luther Bruen, Fort Hamilton, NY to Augusta Bruen, 1863 June 7, Luther Barnett Bruen

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Letter from Luther Bruen, Fort Hamilton, NY to Augusta Bruen, 1863 May 10, Luther Barnett Bruen

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Letter from Luther Bruen, Fort Hamilton, NY to Augusta Bruen, 1863 May 15, Luther Barnett Bruen

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Letter from Luther Bruen, Fort Hamilton, NY to Augusta Bruen, 1863 May 17, Luther Barnett Bruen

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Letter from Luther Bruen, Fort Hamilton, NY to Augusta Bruen, 1863 May 20, Luther Barnett Bruen

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Letter from Luther Bruen, Fort Hamilton, NY to Augusta Bruen, 1863 May 24, Luther Barnett Bruen

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Letter from Luther Bruen, Fort Hamilton, NY to Augusta Bruen, 1863 May 26, Luther Barnett Bruen

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Letter from Luther Bruen, Fort Hamilton, NY to Augusta Bruen, 1863 May 31, Luther Barnett Bruen

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Letter from Luther Bruen, Fort Hamilton, NY to Frank Bruen, 1863 June 21, Luther Barnett Bruen

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Letter from Luther Bruen, Fort Hamilton, NY to Sarah "Sella" Bruen, 1863 June 21, Luther Barnett Bruen

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Letter from Luther Bruen, Headquarters 12th ? S. Inf, Tompkins Square, NY to Augusta Bruen, 1863 August 23, Luther Barnett Bruen

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Letter from Luther Bruen, Headquarters 1st Brigade Regulars, Madison Square, NY to Augusta Bruen, 1863 September 1, Luther Barnett Bruen

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Letter from Luther Bruen, On Board Steamer Baltic, New York Harbor, NY to Augusta Bruen, 1863 September 18, Luther Barnett Bruen

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Letter from Luther Bruen, Steamer Baltic, Chesapeake Bay to Augusta Bruen, 1863 September 20, Luther Barnett Bruen

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Letter from Luther Bruen, Tompkins Square, NY to Augusta Bruen, 1863 September 17, Luther Barnett Bruen

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Letter from Luther Bruen, Tompkins Square, NY to Sarah "Sella" Bruen, 1863 August 30, Luther Barnett Bruen

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Letter from Luther Bruen, Washington, DC to Augusta Bruen, 1863 December 29, Luther Barnett Bruen

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Telegram from Luther Bruen, Fort Hamilton, NY to Augusta Bruen, 1863 January 20, Luther Barnett Bruen

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Letter from Sarah Forrer, Dayton, OH to Augusta Bruen, 1863 April 12, Sarah Hastings Howard Forrer

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Letter from Sarah Forrer, Dayton, OH to Augusta Bruen, 1863 April 19, Sarah Hastings Howard Forrer

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Letter from Sarah Forrer, Dayton, OH to Augusta Bruen, 1863 April 5, Sarah Hastings Howard Forrer

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Letter from Sarah Forrer, Dayton, OH to Augusta Bruen, 1863 April 6, Sarah Hastings Howard Forrer

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Letter from Sarah Forrer, Dayton, OH to Augusta Bruen, 1863 February 15, Sarah Hastings Howard Forrer

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Letter from Sarah Forrer, Dayton, OH to Augusta Bruen, 1863 February 17, Sarah Hastings Howard Forrer

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Letter from Sarah Forrer, Dayton, OH to Augusta Bruen, 1863 February 23, Sarah Hastings Howard Forrer

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Letter from Sarah Forrer, Dayton, OH to Augusta Bruen, 1863 February 5, Sarah Hastings Howard Forrer

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Letter from Sarah Forrer, Dayton, OH to Augusta Bruen, 1863 January 24, Sarah Hastings Howard Forrer

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Letter from Sarah Forrer, Dayton, OH to Augusta Bruen, 1863 March 1, Sarah Hastings Howard Forrer

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Letter from Sarah Forrer, Dayton, OH to Augusta Bruen, 1863 March 21, Sarah Hastings Howard Forrer

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Letter from Sarah Forrer, Dayton, OH to Augusta Bruen, 1863 March 29, Sarah Hastings Howard Forrer

Letters from 1862

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Letter from Augusta Bruen, Dayton, OH to Luther Bruen, 1862-11-23, Augusta Forrer Bruen

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Letter from Augusta Bruen, Dayton, OH to Luther Bruen, 1862 December 10, Augusta Forrer Bruen

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Letter from Augusta Bruen, Dayton, OH to Luther Bruen, 1862 December 14, Augusta Forrer Bruen

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Letter from Augusta Bruen, Dayton, OH to Luther Bruen, 1862 December 17, Augusta Forrer Bruen

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Letter from Augusta Bruen, Dayton, OH to Luther Bruen, 1862 December 19, Augusta Forrer Bruen

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Letter from Augusta Bruen, Dayton, OH to Luther Bruen, 1862 December 21, Augusta Forrer Bruen

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Letter from Augusta Bruen, Dayton, OH to Luther Bruen, 1862 December 22, Augusta Forrer Bruen

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Letter from Augusta Bruen, Dayton, OH to Luther Bruen, 1862 December 28, Augusta Forrer Bruen

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Letter from Augusta Bruen, Dayton, OH to Luther Bruen, 1862 December 3, Augusta Forrer Bruen

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Letter from Augusta Bruen, Dayton, OH to Luther Bruen, 1862 December 30, Augusta Forrer Bruen

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Letter from Augusta Bruen, Dayton, OH to Luther Bruen, 1862 December 4, Augusta Forrer Bruen

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Letter from Augusta Bruen, Dayton, OH to Luther Bruen, 1862 December 8, Augusta Forrer Bruen

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Letter from Augusta Bruen, Dayton, OH to Luther Bruen, 1862? November?, Augusta Forrer Bruen

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Letter from Augusta Bruen, Dayton, OH to Luther Bruen, 1862 November 26, Augusta Forrer Bruen

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Letter from Augusta Bruen, Dayton, OH to Luther Bruen, 1862 November 30, Augusta Forrer Bruen

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Letter from Luther Bruen, Fort Hamilton, NY to Augusta Bruen, 1862-11-21, Luther Barnett Bruen

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Letter from Luther Bruen, Fort Hamilton, NY to Augusta Bruen, 1862 December 11, Luther Barnett Bruen

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Letter from Luther Bruen, [Fort Hamilton, NY] to Augusta Bruen, 1862 December 15, Luther Barnett Bruen

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Letter from Luther Bruen, [Fort Hamilton, NY] to Augusta Bruen, 1862 December 18, Luther Barnett Bruen

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Letter from Luther Bruen, Fort Hamilton, NY to Augusta Bruen, 1862 December 23, Luther Barnett Bruen

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Letter from Luther Bruen, Fort Hamilton, NY to Augusta Bruen, 1862 December 25, Luther Barnett Bruen

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Letter from Luther Bruen, Fort Hamilton, NY to Augusta Bruen, 1862 December 3, Luther Barnett Bruen

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Letter from Luther Bruen, Fort Hamilton, NY to Augusta Bruen, 1862 December 5, Luther Barnett Bruen

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Letter from Luther Bruen, Fort Hamilton, NY to Augusta Bruen, 1862 December 8, Luther Barnett Bruen

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Letter from Luther Bruen, Fort Hamilton, NY to Augusta Bruen, 1862 November 23, Luther Barnett Bruen

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Letter from Luther Bruen, Fort Hamilton, NY to Augusta Bruen, 1862 November 29, Luther Barnett Bruen

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Letter from Luther Bruen, Fort Hamilton, NY to Sarah "Sella" Bruen, 1862 December 12, Luther Barnett Bruen

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Letter from Mary Forrer, Dayton, OH to Augusta Bruen, 1862 February 19, Mary Forrer

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Letter from Mary Forrer, Dayton, OH to Sarah "Sella" Bruen, 1861 October 16, Mary Forrer

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Letter from Mary Forrer to [Augusta Bruen], 1862? February?, Mary Forrer

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Letter from Sarah Forrer, Dayton, OH to Augusta Bruen, 1862 April 1, Sarah Hastings Howard Forrer

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Letter from Sarah Forrer, Dayton, OH to Augusta Bruen, 1862 April 27, Sarah Hastings Howard Forrer

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Letter from Sarah Forrer, Dayton, OH to Augusta Bruen, 1862 April 29, Sarah Hastings Howard Forrer

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Letter from Sarah Forrer, Dayton, OH to Augusta Bruen, 1862 April 6, Sarah Hastings Howard Forrer

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Letter from Sarah Forrer, Dayton, OH to Augusta Bruen, 1862 February 2, Sarah Hastings Howard Forrer

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Letter from Sarah Forrer, Dayton, OH to Augusta Bruen, 1862 February 23, Sarah Hastings Howard Forrer

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Letter from Sarah Forrer, Dayton, OH to Augusta Bruen, 1862 January 16?, Sarah Hastings Howard Forrer

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Letter from Sarah Forrer, Dayton, OH to Augusta Bruen, 1862 January 26, Sarah Hastings Howard Forrer

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Letter from Sarah Forrer, Dayton, OH to Augusta Bruen, 1862 January 6, Sarah Hastings Howard Forrer

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Letter from Sarah Forrer, Dayton, OH to Augusta Bruen, 1862 July 6, Sarah Hastings Howard Forrer

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Letter from Sarah Forrer, Dayton, OH to Augusta Bruen, 1862 June 1, Sarah Hastings Howard Forrer

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Letter from Sarah Forrer, Dayton, OH to Augusta Bruen, 1862 June 29, Sarah Hastings Howard Forrer

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Letter from Sarah Forrer, Dayton, OH to Augusta Bruen, 1862 June 7, Sarah Hastings Howard Forrer

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Letter from Sarah Forrer, Dayton, OH to Augusta Bruen, 1862 March 22, Sarah Hastings Howard Forrer

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Letter from Sarah Forrer, Dayton, OH to Augusta Bruen, 1862 March 7, Sarah Hastings Howard Forrer

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Letter from Sarah Forrer, Dayton, OH to Augusta Bruen, 1862 March 8, Sarah Hastings Howard Forrer

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Letter from Sarah Forrer, Dayton, OH to Sarah "Sella" Bruen, 1862 February 9, Sarah Hastings Howard Forrer

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Letter from Elizabeth H. Peirce, "Home" to Augusta Bruen, 1862 August 24, Elizabeth Hannah Peirce

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Letter from Elizabeth H. Peirce, "Home" to Augusta Bruen, 1862 July, Elizabeth Hannah Peirce