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Rees Family Letters

This collection of letters from the Rees Family illustrates family ties between immigrants to Oregon and their relatives in the East, with several letters relating to the Civil War.

The Rees family, originally from Delaware, was a large family located in Ohio. Thomas and Elizabeth Rees raised twelve children, nine of which moved west starting in 1844. Two of the Rees sons served in the Union Army during the Civil War, one dying at Kennesaw Mountain Battle and the other continuing on to the Navy. A series of letters creates a timeline starting in 1851 continuing on until 1876 with letters regarding the Civil War, Oregon farming and family history. A majority of the letters are sent to the mother of all the children, Elizabeth Stout Rees, keeping the family together even when in separate states. 

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Lauren Spicer