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The Bentley Historical Library at the University of Michigan has a civil war collection which includes a very fine diary (July 4, 1863-Sept. 5, 1865) written by Harrison Soule while he was serving as captain and major in the 6th Michigan Infantry and Heavy Artillery in the lower Mississippi campaign. He describes the building of fortifications, especially at Port Hudson and at Fort Morgan; comments on Negro labor and troops; lists casualties from sickness, picket and river skirmishes, and the bushwhacking of passenger, troop and cargo boats; gives an account of a landslide and of storms and shipwrecks; of raiding parties and the provisioning of troops; and a most vivid account of the preparations for and of the siege of Mobile Bay with its fearful loss of life among untried and inexperienced troops.
One hundred seventy letters written to his wife (1861-1865) tell of camp life on Ship Island; the shelling of Forts Jackson and St. Philip and the occupation of New Orleans; of a march through a cypress swamp; of getting provisions and wood along the river. He bitterly criticizes General Williams, the "Home Patriots" and "Short Termers"; comments on Negroes as laborers and soldiers, on guerrilla warfare, and the reaction of the citizens of Baton Rouge to Union occupation. There is a detailed account of the siege of Port Hudson and its occupation by Union troops and of shipping and troop movement on the Mississippi. Major Soule, from Albion, Mich., became treasurer of the University of Michigan and vice president of the First National Bank of Ann Arbor after the war.
The collection also includes one letter (Sept. 8, 1862) written by Byron Stoddard of Concord, Mich., from Camp Williams, La., to Captain Soule. He gives news of the men in his regiment and comments on General Butler's commendation of the men for their part in the battle of Baton Rouge. Stoddard enlisted in Company I, 6th Michigan Infantry, as sergeant, in 1861, was wounded in action at Baton Rouge, commissioned second lieutenant in July, 1863, but died a few days later.
Son of Hon. Milo Soule and husband of Mary E Parker Soule. Their daughter Anna May never married and was a College Professor at Mt Holyoke; died March 17, 1905. Daughter Mary Eva was the wife of Lucius L Clarke of Ann Arbor.
Milo Soule (1804 - 1891)
Irene Soule (1807 - 1900)
Mary E. Parker Soule (1838 - 1929)*
Eva Soule Clarke (1857 - 1946)*
Annah May Soule (1859 - 1905)*
Harrison Soule (1832 - 1922)
Sabra Soule Richardson (1833 - ____)*
Major Harrison Soule 1832-1922 6. Mich. Infantry 6. Mich.Heavy Artillery 1861-65
Forest Hill Cemetery
Plot: Block 70 Lot 10
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Harrison Soule 1832-1922Family Link # 20316296Parents: Milo Soule 1804-1891 # 10499017Irene Blodgett # 10499014|
James Edward Martin
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