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Brothers James and
Alfred Giauque, along with their cousin Florian all served in the Civil War.
James was a corporal in Company D, 30th Regiment of the Iowa Volunteer Infantry.
He took part in the siege of Vicksburg and a number of other battles. Army life,
food, Copperheads, and his service in and around Vicksburg, Mississippi are
the main topics of his letters home. Most of those letters were written to his
brother Alfred. Alfred Giauque was in the military in 1861, and wrote in detail
about the companys band of which he was a member. His father, Charles
Giauque wrote him a letter of encouragement in 1861. However, by 1862 when James
began writing, Alfred was back in Iowa. Florian Giauque was a cousin of James
and Alfreds from Ohio. He served in the 102nd Ohio Volunteers. His letters
to Alfred discuss army life and mention fellow acquaintances.
The papers of the Giauque family date from 1861 to 1880. Comprised of only thirty-eight items, arranged chronologically, most of these are letters written by James and Florian Giauque to Alfred during the Civil War. They describe army life, discuss Copperhead politics, and detail the siege of Vicksburg.
Correspondence, 1861 -- 1880.