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Joseph Dimmit Thompson

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Since the new Shiloh movie premiered, I have developed a new interest in Joseph Dimmit Thompson (who is portrayed in the movie by SDG member Stan Hutson). Joseph was in the 38th Tennessee, the same regiment as one of my ancestors. Actually, he may have been in the same company as my g-g-grandfather. At any rate, I'm looking for Joseph Thompson's diary and letters. I've found 40 of his letters on the Indiana State University website at http://visions.indstate.edu. However, these letters only cover the early part of the war (through about June 1862). I'm also interested in the later part of the war, especially Franklin (where I live) and Nashville (where I work--my g-g-grandfather was taken prisoner just over the hill from my office.)

Does anyone know if there are more letters? I've seen indications that there may be a diary, too, but haven't found it. Do you know where I might find it? At any rate, I'm interested in finding anything I can about Joseph D. Thompson.

Thanks,

John

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Joseph Thompson's letters are a a fascinating collection that gives interesting insight into the life of a Confederate soldier early in the war. Here's a link to the letter you'll findi most interesting--his description of the Battle of Shiloh, written April 9, 1862: http://visions.indst...du/u?/vchs,4349

If you want to read more of his letters, you can find them at this link:

http://visions.indst...SOBOX1=Thompson

If I find more letters, I'll post links here.

John

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Thanks for the link John. I could empathize a little with him about falling asleep standing up. During basic training, I was on dorm guarded duty at 3AM. I was standing at the station that overlooked the dorm, when my buckling knees woke me up. I was astounded then that I could get tired enough to have it happen. After what this man went through, it would be a little more understandable, but it does tend to rattle a person when it happens to them.

Jim

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It's very interesting to read his words from across the years.

Guys from my hometown- B Company, 13th TN Inf would have been on their left.

Thanks for the link!

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