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 1862

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

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Letter from Elizabeth H. Peirce, "Home" to Sarah "Sella" Bruen, 1862 May, Elizabeth Hannah Peirce

Letters from 1861

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Letter from Augusta Bruen, Dayton, OH to Luther Bruen, 1861 August 1, Augusta Forrer Bruen

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Letter from Augusta Bruen, Dayton, OH to Luther Bruen, 1861 August 11, Augusta Forrer Bruen

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Letter from Augusta Bruen, Dayton, OH to Luther Bruen, 1861 August 14, Augusta Forrer Bruen

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Letter from Augusta Bruen, Dayton, OH to Luther Bruen, 1861 August 16, Augusta Forrer Bruen

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Letter from Augusta Bruen, Dayton, OH to Luther Bruen, 1861 August 4, Augusta Forrer Bruen

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Letter from Augusta Bruen, Dayton, OH to Luther Bruen, 1861 July 31, Augusta Forrer Bruen

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Letter from Augusta Bruen, Dayton, OH to Luther Bruen, 1861 March 3, Augusta Forrer Bruen

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Letter from Augusta Bruen, Dayton, OH to Luther Bruen, 1861 March 6, Augusta Forrer Bruen

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Letter from Augusta Bruen, Dayton, OH to Luther Bruen, 1861 March 7, Augusta Forrer Bruen

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Letter from Augusta Bruen, Fort Hamilton, NY to Elizabeth Peirce, 1861 December 12, Augusta Forrer Bruen

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Letter from Augusta Bruen, Fort Hamilton, NY to Mary Forrer 1861 September 24, Augusta Forrer Bruen

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Letter from Luther Bruen, Fort Hamilton, NY to Augusta Bruen, 1861 August 11, Luther Barnett Bruen

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Letter from Luther Bruen, Fort Hamilton, NY to Augusta Bruen, 1861 August 12, Luther Barnett Bruen

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Letter from Luther Bruen, Fort Hamilton, NY to Augusta Bruen, 1861 August 13, Luther Barnett Bruen

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Letter from Luther Bruen, Fort Hamilton, NY to Augusta Bruen, 1861 August 14, Luther Barnett Bruen

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Letter from Luther Bruen, Fort Hamilton, NY to Augusta Bruen, 1861 August 19, Luther Barnett Bruen

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Letter from Luther Bruen, Fort Hamilton, NY to Augusta Bruen, 1861 August 2, Luther Barnett Bruen

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Letter from Luther Bruen, Fort Hamilton, NY to Augusta Bruen, 1861 August 5, Luther Barnett Bruen

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Letter from Luther Bruen, Fort Hamilton, NY to Augusta Bruen, 1861 August 7, Luther Barnett Bruen

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Letter from Luther Bruen, Fort Hamilton, NY to Augusta Bruen, 1861 July 10, Luther Barnett Bruen

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Letter from Luther Bruen, Fort Hamilton, NY to Augusta Bruen, 1861 July 13, Luther Barnett Bruen

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Letter from Luther Bruen, Fort Hamilton, NY to Augusta Bruen, 1861 July 18, Luther Barnett Bruen

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Letter from Luther Bruen, Fort Hamilton, NY to Augusta Bruen, 1861 July 20, Luther Barnett Bruen

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Letter from Luther Bruen, Fort Hamilton, NY to Augusta Bruen, 1861 July 24, Luther Barnett Bruen

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Letter from Luther Bruen, Fort Hamilton, NY to Augusta Bruen, 1861 July 28, Luther Barnett Bruen

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Letter from Luther Bruen, Fort Hamilton, NY to Augusta Bruen, 1861 July 29, Luther Barnett Bruen

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Letter from Luther Bruen, Fort Hamilton, NY to Augusta Bruen, 1861 July 4, Luther Barnett Bruen

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Letter from Luther Bruen, Fort Hamilton, NY to Augusta Bruen, 1861 July 9, Luther Barnett Bruen

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Letter from Luther Bruen, New York, NY to Augusta Bruen, 1861 July 3, Luther Barnett Bruen

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Letter from Luther Bruen, New York to Bruen children, 1861 July?, Luther Barnett Bruen

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Letter from Luther Bruen, Washington, DC to Augusta Bruen, 1861 March 10, Luther Barnett Bruen

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Letter from Luther Bruen, Washington, DC to Augusta Bruen, 1861 March 13, Luther Barnett Bruen

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Letter from Luther Bruen, Washington, DC to Augusta Bruen, 1861 March 14, Luther Barnett Bruen

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Letter from Luther Bruen, Washington, DC to Augusta Bruen, 1861 March 15, Luther Barnett Bruen

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Letter from Luther Bruen, Washington, DC to Augusta Bruen, 1861 March 19, Luther Barnett Bruen

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Letter from Luther Bruen, Washington, DC to Augusta Bruen, 1861 March 19, Luther Barnett Bruen

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Letter from Luther Bruen, Washington, DC to Augusta Bruen, 1861 March 19, Luther Barnett Bruen

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Letter from Luther Bruen, Washington, DC to Augusta Bruen, 1861 March 20, Luther Barnett Bruen

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Letter from Luther Bruen, Washington, DC to Augusta Bruen, 1861 March 22, Luther Barnett Bruen

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Letter from Luther Bruen, Washington, DC to Augusta Bruen, 1861 March 24, Luther Barnett Bruen

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Letter from Luther Bruen, Washington, DC to Augusta Bruen, 1861 March 24, Luther Barnett Bruen

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Letter from Luther Bruen, Washington, DC to Augusta Bruen, 1861 March 25, Luther Barnett Bruen

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Letter from Luther Bruen, Washington, DC to Augusta Bruen, 1861 March 29, Luther Barnett Bruen

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Letter from Luther Bruen, Washington, DC to Augusta Bruen, 1861 March 29, Luther Barnett Bruen

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Letter from Luther Bruen, Washington, DC to Augusta Bruen, 1861 March 3, Luther Barnett Bruen

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Letter from Luther Bruen, Washington, DC to Augusta Bruen, 1861 March 5, Luther Barnett Bruen

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Letter from Luther Bruen, Washington, DC to Augusta Bruen, 1861 March 8, Luther Barnett Bruen

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Letter from Luther Bruen, Washington, DC to Augusta Bruen, 1861 March 9, Luther Barnett Bruen

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Letter from Luther Bruen, Washington, DC to Frank Bruen, 1861 March 10, Luther Barnett Bruen

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Letter from Luther Bruen, Washington, DC to Frank Bruen, 1861 March 19, Luther Barnett Bruen

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Letter from Luther Bruen, Washington, DC to Sarah "Sella" Bruen, 1861 March 19, Luther Barnett Bruen

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Letter from Luther Bruen, Washington, DC to Sarah "Sella" Bruen, 1861 March 7, Luther Barnett Bruen

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Letter from Augusta Bruen, Dayton, OH to Luther Bruen, 1861 July 11, Augusta Bruen Forrer

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Letter from Augusta Bruen, Dayton, OH to Luther Bruen, 1861 July 14, Augusta Bruen Forrer

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Letter from Augusta Bruen, Dayton, OH to Luther Bruen, 1861 July 17, Augusta Bruen Forrer

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Letter from Augusta Bruen, Dayton, OH to Luther Bruen, 1861 July 21, Augusta Bruen Forrer

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Letter from Augusta Bruen, Dayton, OH to Luther Bruen, 1861 July 23, Augusta Bruen Forrer

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Letter from Augusta Bruen, Dayton, OH to Luther Bruen, 1861 July 25, Augusta Bruen Forrer

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Letter from Augusta Bruen, Dayton, OH to Luther Bruen, 1861 July 28, Augusta Bruen Forrer

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Letter from Augusta Bruen, Dayton, OH to Luther Bruen, 1861 July 7, Augusta Bruen Forrer

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Letter from Augusta Bruen, Dayton, OH to Luther Bruen, 1861 July 9, Augusta Bruen Forrer

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Letter from Augusta Bruen, Dayton, OH to Luther Bruen, 1861 March 10, Augusta Bruen Forrer

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Letter from Augusta Bruen, Dayton, OH to Luther Bruen, 1861 March 12, Augusta Bruen Forrer

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Letter from Augusta Bruen, Dayton, OH to Luther Bruen, 1861 March 14, Augusta Bruen Forrer

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Letter from Augusta Bruen, Dayton, OH to Luther Bruen, 1861 March 15, Augusta Bruen Forrer

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Letter from Augusta Bruen, Dayton, OH to Luther Bruen, 1861 March 17, Augusta Bruen Forrer

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Letter from Augusta Bruen, Dayton, OH to Luther Bruen, 1861 March 19, Augusta Bruen Forrer

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Letter from Augusta Bruen, Dayton, OH to Luther Bruen, 1861 March 20, Augusta Bruen Forrer

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Letter from Augusta Bruen, Dayton, OH to Luther Bruen, 1861 March 22, Augusta Bruen Forrer

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Letter from Augusta Bruen, Dayton, OH to Luther Bruen, 1861 March 25, Augusta Bruen Forrer

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Letter from Augusta Bruen, Dayton, OH to Luther Bruen, 1861 March 26, Augusta Bruen Forrer

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Letter from Augusta Bruen, Dayton, OH to Luther Bruen, 1861 March 27, Augusta Bruen Forrer

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Letter from Sarah Forrer, Dayton, OH to Augusta Bruen, 1861 December 08, Sarah Hastings Howard Forrer

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Letter from Sarah Forrer, Dayton, OH to Augusta Bruen, 1861 December 19, Sarah Hastings Howard Forrer

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Letter from Sarah Forrer, Dayton, OH to Augusta Bruen, 1861 December? 22, Sarah Hastings Howard Forrer

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Letter from Sarah Forrer, Dayton, OH to Augusta Bruen, 1861 December 30, Sarah Hastings Howard Forrer

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Letter from Sarah Forrer, Dayton, OH to Augusta Bruen, 1861 November 19, Sarah Hastings Howard Forrer

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Letter from Sarah Forrer, Dayton, OH to Augusta Bruen, 1861 November 24, Sarah Hastings Howard Forrer

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Letter from Sarah Forrer, Dayton, OH to Augusta Bruen, 1861 November 28, Sarah Hastings Howard Forrer

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Letter from Sarah Forrer, Dayton, OH to Augusta Bruen, 1861 November 30, Sarah Hastings Howard Forrer

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Letter from Sarah Forrer, Dayton, OH to Augusta Bruen, 1861 October 14, Sarah Hastings Howard Forrer

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Letter from Sarah Forrer, Dayton, OH to Augusta Bruen, 1861 October 23, Sarah Hastings Howard Forrer

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Letter from Sarah Forrer, Dayton, OH to Augusta Bruen, 1861 September 29, Sarah Hastings Howard Forrer

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Letter from Sarah Forrer, Dayton, OH to "children" (Augusta, Howard and Luther), 1861 September 13, Sarah Hastings Howard Forrer

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Letter from Sarah Forrer, Dayton, OH to Sarah "Sella" Bruen, 1861 November 10, Sarah Hastings Howard Forrer

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Letter from Sarah Forrer to Augusta Bruen, 1861 September?, Sarah Hastings Howard Forrer

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Letter from Elizabeth H. Peirce, "Home" to Augusta Bruen, 1861 November, Elizabeth Hannah Peirce

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Letter from Elizabeth H. Peirce, "Home" to Augusta Bruen, 1861 October, Elizabeth Hannah Peirce

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Letter from Henrietta Peirce, Five Oaks [Dayton], OH to Sarah "Sella" Bruen, 1861 November 20, Henrietta Edward Peirce

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Letter from William Schouler, Boston, MA to Augusta Bruen, 1861 September 11, William Schouler