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James Henry Lauriston ("Lar") Hull

4th Sergeant, Company F., 10th Texas Cavalry, Confederate States Army
Enlisted October 1861 and Surrendered May 26, 1865

- Civil War Letter Collection -

Transcribed by J. Brinkoeter

The following letters are generously contributed and transcribed by a fellow Hull family researcher who happens to also be my fourth cousin. We share a common descent from Henry Sealy Hull and Eleanor Webb. Our mutual area of research focuses on the Hull family that located in Panola Co., TX, including the town of Carthage, beginning in the 1850's.

James Henry Lauriston ("Lar") Hull served in the Confederate States Army for the duration of the war from 1861 until he was surrendered at New Orleans in 1865. While he never faced combat, in his letters he describes the daily routine of a civil war soldier: the rumors of war, the loneliness of camp life, the longing for family, and the constant specters of illness, violence and death.

These letters are presented unedited and in their entirety. They speak for themselves and no corrections or changes have been included. However the transcriber worked difficult handwriting reproduced on poor-quality photocopies. While every effort was made to be perfectly accurate, some occasional words or phrases could not be deciphered.

There are sixteen documents available in the James Henry Lauriston civil war letter collection. These range from 1861 through 1865, and track Sgt. Hull through Texas, Arkansas and Louisiana.

If you would like to know more about James Henry Lauriston ("Lar") Hull before and after the civil war including a photograph, please consult his genealogy page.


Date Location
October 10, 1861 Near Plano, Collin County, Texas
January 24, 1862 Camp McKnight, Red River County, Texas
March 19, 1862 Camp Van Dorn, Independence County, Arkansas
Apr?/May? 1862 Unknown location (letter fragment)
Undated 1862 Jackson Port, Jackson County, Arkansas
August 2, 1863 Office of Post Quarter Master, Alexandria, Rapides Parish, Louisiana
August 30, 1863 Office of Post Quarter Master, Alexandria, Rapides Parish, Louisiana
November 21, 1863 Office of Post Quarter Master, Alexandria, Rapides Parish, Louisiana
March? 1864 Bonham, Fannin County, Texas
March 27, 1864 Bonham, Fannin County, Texas
August 9, 1864 Kickapoo, Anderson Co., Texas (1)
August 9, 1864 Kickapoo, Anderson Co., Texas (2)
August 9, 1864 Kickapoo, Anderson Co., Texas (3)
August 15, 1864 Kickapoo, Anderson Co., Texas
November 29, 1864 Anderson Co., Texas
February 18, 1865 Anderson Co., Texas




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