The Archives of Michigan announced it has received an extensive collection, one of the largest in the country, of Civil War letters.

Donated by Wallace K. Ewing of Grand Haven, the 291 letters will be available to researchers visiting the Archives, and electronic versions added to the Archives of Michigan Digital Collection at http://www.seekingmichigan.org, in the spring of 2009.

The collection consists of correspondence between Ewing's great-grandparents - Henry McKendree (Mack) and Nancy (Nan) Ewing of Hillsdale - from 1856 to 1865, while Mack was fighting in the Civil War.

All of the letters are in their original addressed, stamped and canceled envelopes.

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