Military Affairs and Conflict

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Letters from John Cuddy (Mar. – Apr. 1864)
March - April 1864

John Taylor Cuddy writes four letters to his parents describing his experience as a soldier of the Union Army during the Civil War. Cuddy mentions seeing Uncle Abraham in his regiment and notes that he hopes to be home soon. Cuddy also makes a point to tell his mother that he has not been...

Location: MC 2001.9, B1, F10

Subject: Military Affairs and Conflict, Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letter from Agnes Cuddy to John Cuddy
May 1, 1864

Agnes Cuddy writes a letter to her son, John Cuddy, expressing sorrow over his having to fight again but also relief at his upcoming discharge from the Union Army. "I wish you had your discharge now that you could come now for we would be very glad to see you, I hope you will not be sent in to...

Location: MC 2001.9, B1, F1

Subject: Military Affairs and Conflict, Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letter from Roger B. Taney to Samuel Nelson
May 8, 1864

Supreme Court Chief Justice Roger Brooke Taney writes to Associate Justice Samuel Nelson about various court and other legal matters. As a result of his poor health, Taney asks for details about the procedures Nelson has used for hearing appeals at his office since he is not sure that he will be...

Location: I-SpahrB-1965-13

Subject: Legal Affairs, Military Affairs and Conflict, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letter from Thomas Dick to "Sister" (May 1864)
May 21, 1864

Thomas William Dick writes a letter to his sister describing recent events in his experience as a soldier in the Union Army during the Civil War. "We have passed through another campaign of terrible fighting... [and] our losses have been very heavy equal to if not greater than that of the rebels...

Location: MC 2001.10, B1, F9

Subject: Military Affairs and Conflict, Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letters from Andrew Curtin to Eli Slifer, 1864-66
1864-1866

Governor Andrew Curtin writes eight letters to Eli Slifer, the Secretary of the Commonwealth, in which he reflects upon the recent political election in Philadelphia, his state of health, as well as communications with officers in the Union Army. Transcripts included. 

Letter from John Linn to Andrew Curtin
September 28, 1864

John Linn writes Governor Andrew Curtin to request that he hold off on appointing William Harding of Snyder County as one of the commissioners. Transcript included. 

Location: MC 2003.4, B6, F26

Subject: Military Affairs and Conflict

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Civil War Journal of Horatio Collins King
October 31, 1864 - November 15, 1865

Horatio Collins King, serving as the divisional quartermaster under General Philip Sheridan, describes cavalry activities in the Shenandoah Valley during the final months of the Civil War. In addition, King discusses the adjustments he made in returning to civilian life in New York after the war...

Location: MC 1999.9, B3, F2

Subject: Military Affairs and Conflict, Personal and Family Life

Format: Diaries and Journals

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letter from Andrew Curtin to William Taylor
November 30, 1864

Governor Andrew Curtin writes William Taylor regarding the law that allows soldiers to vote and mentions that Taylor has been elected as an elector, presumably to the Electoral College. "I have not yet return from all the counties, but have enough to authorize me to say that you have been...

Location: MC 2003.4, B3, F12

Subject: Military Affairs and Conflict, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letter from Andrew Curtin to Samuel Crawford
June 16, 1865

Pennsylvania Governor Andrew Gregg Curtin (Class of 1837) writes to Major General Samuel Wylie Crawford about a flag ceremony at Gettysburg. As Curtin explains, he is not sure "whether we can arrange for the presentation of the flags at Gettysburg."

Location: I-Purchase-1968-5

Subject: Military Affairs and Conflict, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

August 14, 1868

Senator Alexander Ramsey asks William Faxon, Assistant Secretary of the Navy, "to order my young constituent Gates McAllister into the Service as 3rd Ast. Engineer."

Location: I-BeachW-2010-1

Subject: Military Affairs and Conflict, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letter from George Eggleston to Horatio Collins King
November 16, 1871

George Cary Eggleston, the editor of Hearth and Home, warns Horatio Collins King that a "story" he submitted may imply partisanship - a sensitive topic following the Civil War. "We have to decline" those stories "which may, even by implication, give a partisan color to our columns," as...

Letter from William Sherman to Horatio Collins King
May 11, 1878

Commanding General of the United States Army William Tecumseh Sherman writes Horatio Collins King to discuss the military's political tensions with Congress that exist despite the fact that US Army "Regulars... are surrounded by Indians and dangers of the most unpleasant kind." Sherman, who...

Letter from Horatio Collins King to Grover Cleveland
December 11, 1882

Horatio Collins King writes Governor Elect of New York Grover Cleveland and thanks him for the appointment as a Judge Advocate in the National Guard. King notes his "sincere thanks for... making me a member of your military family."

Location: I-Friends-1990-1

Subject: Legal Affairs, Military Affairs and Conflict, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1880-1899

Letter from William Emory to Horatio Collins King
April 25, 1884

Civil War General William Hemsley Emory writes to Horatio Collins King, accepting the latter's invitation to attend the reunion of the Society of the Army of the Potomac, so long as "the gout which is very capricious and wayword, is not on [him]..."

Location: I-BeachW-1975-5

Subject: Military Affairs and Conflict, Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1880-1899

Letter from Francis Fessenden to Horatio Collins King
April 26, 1884

Civil War General Francis Fessenden writes to Horatio Collins King, declining the latter's invitation to attend the reunion of the Army of the Potomac in Brooklyn.

Location: I-BeachW-1975-6

Subject: Military Affairs and Conflict, Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1880-1899

Letter from Horatio King to John Cunningham
April 4, 1885

Horatio King writes John Cunningham telling him he put the sketches he received in his scrapbook. King gives corrections on Secretary of the Interior Jacob Thompson's resignation in January 1861 over the sailing of the Star of the West to supply Fort Sumter, on Jefferson Davis's age, on...

Letter from Romeyn B. Ayres to Horatio Collins King
April 10, 1885

Civil War General Romeyn Beck Ayres writes to Horatio Collins King, acknowledging the latter's invitation to attend the reunion of the Society of the Army of the Potomac in Baltimore.

Location: I-BeachW-1975-2

Subject: Military Affairs and Conflict, Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1880-1899

Letter from Andrew Curtin to John Cadwalader
August 29, 1885

Andrew Gregg Curtin writes to John Cadwalader in Philadelphia, recommending an unspecified Colonel Guss for a job.

Location: I-Original-1885-3

Subject: Business and Industry, Military Affairs and Conflict

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1880-1899

Letter from C. C. McLean to Andrew Curtin
June 7, 1886

C. C. McLean writes to Andrew Gregg Curtin about his father, Col. G. P. McLean. McLean asks Curtin to recommend the Colonel for a position in a warehouse in Philadelphia.

Letter from C.C. McLean to Andrew Curtin
July 8, 1886

C.C. McLean writes to Andrew Curtin regarding his father, Col. G.P. McLean. McLean again asks that Curtin refer the Colonel for a position in Philadelphia. On the reverse, Curtin writes a recommendation to John Cadwalader: "I remember Col. McLean well as a useful soldier and recollect the...

Location: I-Original-1885-3

Subject: Business and Industry, Military Affairs and Conflict

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1880-1899

Letter from William Harvey to Horatio Collins King
May 30, 1887

Civil War veteran William S. Harvey writes to Horatio Collins King, declining the latter's invitation to attend the reunion of the Society of the Army of the Potomac. "Advanced age must plead my excuse from undertaking such a long journey," Harvey writes.

Location: I-BeachW-1975-7

Subject: Military Affairs and Conflict, Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1880-1899

Letter from John Corse to Horatio Collins King
June 16, 1887

Civil War veteran John Murray Corse writes to Horatio Collins King (Class of 1858), sending regrets that he cannot attend the annual reunion of the Society of the Army of the Potomac due to a prior engagement.

Location: I-BeachW-1974-2

Subject: Military Affairs and Conflict, Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1880-1899

Letter from David Porter to Horatio Collins King
June 28, 1888

Admiral David Dixon Porter acknowledges an invitation and tells Brevet Colonel Horatio Collins King (Class of 1858) that he will attend a reunion of the Society of the Army of the Potomac in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania on July 1-3, 1888.

Location: I-AsbellY-2002-32

Subject: Military Affairs and Conflict

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1880-1899

Letter from Horatio Collins King to Frank Hamlin
February 11, 1891

Horatio Collins King writes to Frank Hamlin, declining the latter's invitation to a Sons of Maine banquet. Collins reminisces of his days as editor of The Jeffersonian and of his old friends, most of who are no longer living. Transcript included.

Location: I-BeachW-1975-8

Subject: Military Affairs and Conflict, Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1880-1899

"The Scarlet Letter," by Montgomery P. Sellers
June 14, 1893

Montgomery P. Sellers prepared this oration, entitled “The Scarlet Letter," for the commencement ceremonies held June 14, 1893. Authoring an original speech was among the graduation requirements for Dickinson College seniors at that time. Transcript included.

Location: Orations-1893-S467s

Subject: Military Affairs and Conflict

Format: Speeches and Sermons

Time Period: 1880-1899

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