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The Florida and the Civil War Web Project - Charles M. Duren Letters in the University of Florida Smathers Libraries, Special and Area Studies Collections, P.K. Yonge Library of Florida History contains the Florida miscellaneous letters.

A Guide to the Charles M. Duren Letters

Finding aid created by Nicole Milano

University of Florida Smathers Libraries - Special and Area Studies Collections
December 2008


Descriptive Summary

Provenance: Duren, Charles M., 1842-1869.
Title: Charles M. Duren Letters
Dates: 1864
Abstract: Eighteen letters from Charles M. Duren to his parents from Florida during the Civil War; includes a special order and transcripts.
Extent: 18 Letters, 1 Special Order, 1 Transcripts Folder
Identification: MS 254
Online Content Items from this collection have been digitized and are available online in the UF Digital Collections. For more information please see the note below.

Biographical/Historical Note

Charles M. Duren, United States Army Lieutenant, was a white officer in charge of Company D, 54th Massachusetts (Colored) Infantry, which fought in the Battle of Olustee in Florida. Duren was from Bangor, Maine. He enlisted in the Massachusetts Volunteers at the outbreak of the Civil War and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in July, 1863. He participated in Burnside's expedition to North Carolina, the Battle of Newbern, the Battle of Olustee, and the occupation of Jacksonville, Florida. In 1864, while on the staff of General Hallowell, he was shot in the knee and thrown from his horse, breaking his leg. He was honorably discharged for disabilities in 1865, but never fully recovered. Charles M. Duren died on March 19, 1869, at age 27.


Scope and Content

This collection contains letters written by Charles M. Duren, stationed in Jacksonville, to his parents. The letters were written between February and April 1864. Two letters mention the Battle of Olustee and all the letters are written in the vicinity of Jacksonville. They recount the conditions of the camps and movements of his men around Jacksonville. The collection also contains transcriptions of the letters and one special order.


Access or Use Restrictions

Access

Collection is open for research.


Related Material

The University of Florida has other holdings on the Civil War. Consult with staff of the P.K. Yonge Library of Florida History for more information.


Administrative Information

Alternative Format Available

The Charles M. Duren letters have been digitized and are available online at Florida and the Civil War, part of the University of Florida Digital Collections.

Prefered Citation

[Identification of item], Charles M. Duren Letters, Special and Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida.


Selected Subjects and Access Points

  • Olustee, Battle of, Olustee, Fla., 1864 — Personal narratives.
  • United States Army Massachusetts Infantry Regiment, 54th (1863-1865)
  • Jacksonville (Fla.) — History — 19th century.
  • United States — History — Civil War, 1861-1865 — Personal narratives.

Contents List

Duren Letters
Box Contents Date
1

Original documents (18 letters and 1 special order).

1864
 

1. Jacksonville. Dear Father. 1 sheet, folded, 4 leaves.

February 9, 1864
 

2. Baldwin. Dear Mother. 1 sheet, folded, ripped, 4 leaves.

February 15, 1864
 

3. Baldwin. Dear Father. 1 sheet, folded, 4 leaves.

February 18, 1864
 

4. Jacksonville. Dear Father. 1 sheet, 2 leaves.

February 27, 1864
 

5. Jacksonville. Dear Mother. 1 sheet, legal, folded, 4 leaves.

February 29, 1864
 

6. Jacksonville. Dear Mother. 2 sheets, folded, 6 leaves.

March 3, 1864
 

7. Jacksonville. Dear Father. 2 sheets, folded, 8 leaves.

March 7, 1864
 

8. Jacksonville. Dear Father. 1 sheet, 1 leaf.

March 12, 1864
 

9. Jacksonville. Dear Father. 1 sheet, folded, 4 leaves.

March 15, 1864
 

10. Jacksonville. Dear Father. 1 sheet, 1 leaf.

March 18, 1864
 

11. Jacksonville. Dear Father. 1 sheet, folded, 4 leaves.

March 23, 1864
 

12. Jacksonville. Dear Father. 1 sheet, folded, 4 leaves.

March 26, 1864
 

13. Jacksonville. Dear Father. 2 sheets, folded, 8 leaves.

March 29, 1864
 

14. Jacksonville. Dear Mother. 1 sheet, folded, 4 leaves.

April 2, 1864
 

15. Jacksonville. Dear Father. 1 sheet, folded, 4 leaves.

April 6, 1864
 

16. Special Order. Special Order. 1 sheet, fragile.

April 8, 1864
 

17. Jacksonville. Dear Mother. 2 sheets, folded, 8 leaves.

April 9, 1864
 

18. Jacksonville. Dear Mother. 1 sheet, folded, 4 leaves.

April 13, 1864
 

19. Jacksonville. Dear Father. 1 sheet, folded, 4 leaves.

April 15, 1864
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Transcriptions: 75 sheets, typed transcripts of letters.

 

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