A Guide to the John Crittenden Letters, 1835-1911
A schoolteacher by profession, John Crittenden (d. ca. 1864) enlisted in Company E of the 34th Alabama Infantry Regiment which organized at Loachapoka, Alabama, on April 15, 1862. His brother, William D. Crittenden, served in the 1st Alabama Cavalry Regiment, and his brother-in-law John K. Browning in Company D of the 34th Alabama Infantry Regiment. He was most likely killed in action during the Battle of Nashville in December 1864, leaving behind his wife, Bettie Browning Crittenden (1839-1915).
"A Guide to the John Crittenden Collection, RG765,"Auburn University Special Collections and Archives. Accessed November 16, 2010. http://www.lib.auburn.edu/archive/find-aid/765.htm.
The John Crittenden Letters, 1835-1911, consist of two volumes of typescript and Photostats of correspondence of the Crittenden and Browning family members, the majority of the letters are from Crittenden to his wife, Bettie Browning Crittenden, while he served in the 34th Alabama Infantry Regiment. The correspondence documents Crittenden’s teaching career in Tallapoosa County, Alabama, and his experiences in the 34th Infantry. Crittenden describes life in his regiment, including encampment at Murfreesboro, Tennessee, grueling marches, the scarcity of food, and military engagements.
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John Crittenden Letters, 1835-1911, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
Basic processing and cataloging of this collection was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Briscoe Center’s "History Revealed: Bringing Collections to Light" project, 2009-2011.
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