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This collection is primarily composed of letters from George Hechler to his sister Kate Hechler during his service in the 36th Ohio Volunteer Infantry in the Civil War. The letters discuss George’s experience in the Civil War, covering camp life at Parkersburg and Summersville, to the battlefields of Lewisburg, Antietam, Chickamauga and others. All letters include typescript transcriptions of the text in separate folders, and one letter includes a piece of printed ephemera as an enclosure. Also included in this collection are three Civil War era envelopes kept by Kate, a single letter to Kate from Jacob Salat regarding her brother’s death at Andersonville prison, discharge and promotion documents for George, one letter from John to Kate, and typescript copies of articles published by Ken Hechler in The Parkersburg News regarding the letters sent from George. Additionally, one folder of four additional letters and envelopes from John and George to their family was found misplaced in accession 0777 of the Ken Hechler papers and added to this collection.


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Special Collections, Morrow Library
Marshall University
One John Marshall Drive
Huntington, WV 25755
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This collection has several related collections, with the following accession numbers: 0199, 0702, 0777, and 0820.