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Charles M. Duren Letters

Identifier: MS 254

Scope and Content

This collection contains letters written by Charles M. Duren, stationed in Jacksonville, to his parents. The letters were written between February and April 1864. Two letters mention the Battle of Olustee and all the letters are written in the vicinity of Jacksonville. They recount the conditions of the camps and movements of his men around Jacksonville. The collection also contains transcriptions of the letters and one special order.


  • 1864



The collection is open for research.

Biographical/Historical Note

Charles M. Duren, United States Army Lieutenant, was a white officer in charge of Company D, 54th Massachusetts (Colored/Black) Infantry, which fought in the Battle of Olustee in Florida. Duren was from Bangor, Maine. He enlisted in the Massachusetts Volunteers at the outbreak of the Civil War and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in July, 1863. He participated in Burnside's expedition to North Carolina, the Battle of Newbern, the Battle of Olustee, and the occupation of Jacksonville, Florida. In 1864, while on the staff of General Hallowell, he was shot in the knee and thrown from his horse, breaking his leg. He was honorably discharged for disabilities in 1865, but never fully recovered. Charles M. Duren died on March 19, 1869, at age 27.


0.05 Linear feet (18 Letters, 1 Special Order, 1 Transcripts Folder)

Language of Materials



Eighteen letters from Charles M. Duren to his parents from Florida during the Civil War; includes a special order and transcripts.

Physical Location

University of Florida Smathers Library Building

Alternative Format Available

The Charles M. Duren letters have been digitized and are available online at Florida and the Civil War, part of the University of Florida Digital Collections.

Related Material

The University of Florida has other holdings on the Civil War. Consult with staff of the P.K. Yonge Library of Florida History for more information.

A Guide to the Charles M. Duren Letters
Finding aid created by Nicole Milano
December 2008
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Description is written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Special and Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida Repository

George A. Smathers Libraries
PO Box 117005
Gainesville Florida 32611-7005 United States of America