Overall Family Civil War Letters

This collection of letters has been passed down through the Overall family. They were saved by Jane Overall who lived in Gallia County, Ohio (Chambersburg) during the 1860’s. Most were written by her husband, Isaac Overall, during his service in the Union Army of the Civil War. Isaac served in the 36th Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Company I, between early 1862 until his death in June of 1863. The letters portray the life of a soldier during the war, and even include the letters that inform Jane of her husband’s death. There are several others written to Jane by various relatives which illustrate the strong family ties and the hardships endured by the people of that era.
You may find it interesting and helpful to read the Family Information section too. It contains background information of the people mentioned in these letters. For genealogists, there are several family names represented here. I am researching the people of these letters, and currently have a little information. If you are doing research on any of the names, use these letters, and please help me with any missing information.

I have scanned all of the letters and have included full-resolution views in the The Letters section. Just click on the thumbnails of the letters and you will be taken to a full-resolution downloadable image.

Other Interesting Sites


  • The Civil War, Unstilled Voices at Amazon.com – This will take you to Amazon.com where you can see a book, The Civil War – Unstilled Voices by Chuck Lawless. This book has published a few of my letters in an interesting interactive format.

2 thoughts on “Overall Family Civil War Letters

  1. Thank you so much for sharing!!! This is wonderful stuff. Jacob is my 3rd Great Grandfather. Would be interested to know if you had any other information on Jacob in your stack of papers or have come across any references to another possible son of his named William P Overall born back in TN?

    • All of the information that I currently know is included on this page, so I am not familiar with William P. From which of Jacob’s children do you descend? Frankly, I am short on information about Jacob and would love to know anything more. I will add any new information to this web site.

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