This is the online home of the letters of Rhode Island Civil War soldier George Turner. From 1861 to 1864 Turner wrote frequently to his friends and family back in Rhode Island, documenting the experiences of a soldier in the field. All told, we have nearly 200 letters from Turner, mostly to his parents.
The Turner letters are part of the Harris Collection on the Civil War & Slavery in the Providence Public Library Special Collections. In spring of 2013 Michaela Keating digitized the letters and transcribed over 100 of them.
An accompanying online exhibition, which features a selection of Turner's letters and more about his background is available at
Turner gives advice to those who wish to enlist, and describes his work shoveling trenches.