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 company's 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 Alfred's from Ohio. He served in the 102nd Ohio Volunteers. His letters to Alfred discuss army life and mention fellow acquaintances.
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Abstract Primarily the correspondence of James Giauque, a Civil War soldier who served in the 30th Iowa Infantry. Letters to his brother relate to army life, the siege of Vicksburg, and Copperheads. Also includes letters from his cousin Florian Giauque who served with the 102nd Ohio Volunteers.