Military Affairs and Conflict

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Letter from Charles Gardner to "Mother"
December 26, 1809

Charles Gardner, a soldier in the United States Army, writes to his mother regarding his daily life stationed at Carlisle Barracks. Gardner mentions his finances, possibilities for advancement in rank, and shares other general news. Gardner also notes an argument with a "Mr. Mapis" about...

Letter from Charles Gardner to Julia Gardner
January 18, 1810

Charles Gardner, a soldier in the United States Army, writes to his sister, Julia Gardner, regarding his daily life stationed at Carlisle Barracks. Gardner also specifically mentions getting acquainted with the Colonel's daughter and notes that he acted as a gentleman. "I, with much gallantry,...

Letter from Callender Irvine to Alexander Dallas
July 1, 1814

Callender Irvine writes to Alexander J. Dallas about settlement of the account of Tench Coxe. As money is owed to the United States, Irvine notes that the possibility of a lawsuit exists. On July 2, 1814, Dallas replies to Irvine regarding this legal issue.

Location: I-SpahrB-1966-8

Subject: Legal Affairs, Military Affairs and Conflict

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1800-1819

Letter from William Wilkins to William Tilghman
October 4, 1814

William Wilkins writes William Tilghman and discusses the latest news about the War of 1812. While "no new of much importance" has been received, Wilkins mentions Native American "depredations" in Detroit and comments on British General Gordon Drummond's decision to end the siege of Fort Erie. "...

Location: I-SpahrB-1950-10

Subject: International Affairs, Military Affairs and Conflict

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1800-1819

Letter from Richard Rush to William Jones
October 20, 1814

Richard Rush writes to Secretary of the Navy William Jones and recommends Horatio Stockton, son of New Jersey congressman Richard Stockton, for consideration for a position as a midshipman in the United States Navy.

Location: I-Friends-1976-5

Subject: Military Affairs and Conflict

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1800-1819

Letter from Callender Irvine to Simon Philipson
November 10, 1814

Commissary General Callender Irvine (Class of 1794) writes Simon Philipson with instructions related to selling supplies to the government. “Please let the bearer have a sample of the buffalo hides w. you have proposed to sell to Govt, and let me know at the same time at what price you will...

Location: I-SpahrB-1958-4

Subject: Military Affairs and Conflict, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1800-1819

Letter from Zachary Taylor to Daniel Parker
June 9, 1815

Captain Zachary Taylor writes to Inspector General Daniel Parker and resigns from the United States Army. After seven years of exemplary service, Taylor believes that he should have received a higher rank and more recognition. If he stays in the military, Taylor notes that it would be "adding...

Location: I-SpahrB-1953-17

Subject: Military Affairs and Conflict, Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1800-1819

Letter from William Ramsey to Alexander Dallas
July 7, 1815

William Ramsey writes Secretary of War Alexander J. Dallas and discusses paying the soldiers. "As a precautionary measure I was to send on the Muster rolls for Mr. Brent's (master general) inspection so that he might approve of them so that we might rightly pay," as Ramsey explains. As no...

Location: I-SpahrB-1965-21

Subject: Military Affairs and Conflict, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1800-1819

Letter from Callender Irvine to Loring Austin
May 18, 1818

Commissary General Callender Irvine (Class of 1794) writes to Major Loring Austin, of the 8th Infantry Regiment, about instructions on requesting clothing for 400 men.

Location: I-SpahrB-1963-2

Subject: Military Affairs and Conflict

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1800-1819

Letter from Callender Irvine to Loring Austin
May 23, 1818

Commissary General Callender Irvine (Class of 1794) writes to Major Loring Austin in Boston and notes that clothing for the 8th Infantry Regiment has been forwarded.

Location: I-SpahrB-1963-2

Subject: Military Affairs and Conflict

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1800-1819

Letter from Callender Irvine to Loring Austin
July 2, 1818

Commissary General Callender Irvine writes to Major Loring Austin with concerns about clothing for the 8th Infantry Regiment.

Location: I-SpahrB-1963-2

Subject: Military Affairs and Conflict

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1800-1819

Letter from Callender Irvine to Loring Austin
March 1, 1819

Commissary General Callender Irvine (Class of 1794) writes to Major Loring Austin, of the 8th Infantry Regiment, concerning clothing for the military recruiting services.

Location: I-SpahrB-1963-2

Subject: Military Affairs and Conflict

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1800-1819

Letter from Richard Rush to Michael Hogan
December 20, 1821

Richard Rush writes to Michael Hogan, confirming that he received Hogan's letter and passed on its contents to the Secretary of State. Hogan's letter regards the Peruvian War of Independence, and Rush states that "the fall of Lima had been known here for about a fortnight" and that "our...

Location: I-AsbellY-2003-5

Subject: International Affairs, Military Affairs and Conflict

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1820-1839

Letter from William Wilkins to John Calhoun
December 12, 1824

William Wilkins writes to Secretary of War John C. Calhoun and recommends the son of an officer who served during the American Revolution, Dr. H. Stevenson, as an army paymaster. Wilkins also congratulates Calhoun on his election to Vice President of the United States in the Election of 1824....

Location: I-Purchase-1955-60

Subject: Military Affairs and Conflict, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1820-1839

Letter from Richard Rush to John F. Watson
August 2, 1828

Richard Rush responds to John F. Watson's request for assistance in obtaining an "appointment as governor or superintendent of the Marine Assylum near Philadelphia." Rush explains that he talked to Secretary of the Navy Samuel L. Southard, who noted that it was likely "that a naval officer will...

Location: I-YoungH-1959-1

Subject: Military Affairs and Conflict, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1820-1839

Letter from Roger B. Taney to John Branch
March 30, 1829

Maryland Attorney General of Roger Brooke Taney writes to Secretary of the Navy John Branch and recommends Mr. William M. Wood for a surgeon's mate appointment in the U.S. Navy. Taney describes Wood as "a young man of excellent talents," even though Taney admits that he has "no personal...

Location: I-SpahrB-1965-14

Subject: Military Affairs and Conflict

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1820-1839

Letters from James Buchanan to Isaac Wayne
January 18 ; February 19, 1830

Representative James Buchanan writes two letters to Colonel Isaac Wayne and shares political news, explains why midshipmen cannot be appointed, as well as speculates on possible candidates for the 1832 Presidential election. The politicians that Buchanan mentions include incumbent President...

Letter from Roger B. Taney to Levi Woodbury
October 29, 1832

Attorney General Roger Brooke Taney writes to the Secretary of the Navy [Levi Woodbury] regarding "an act to extend the pension heretofore granted to the widows of persons killed or who died in the naval service."

Location: I-SpahrB-1960-2

Subject: Economics and Finance, Legal Affairs, Military Affairs and Conflict

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1820-1839

November 4, 1832

Captain Jesse D. Elliot writes to Dickinson College trustee Isaac B. Parker regarding Elliot's belief that he expects to command the military expedition against South Carolina in the nullification crisis. Elliot also mentions the 1832 Presidential Election and hopes that General Andrew Jackson...

Letter from John Armstrong Jr. to Henry Morfit
February 18, 1834

John Armstrong, Jr. writes to an attorney, Henry Mason Morfit, regarding the difficulty of obtaining evidence of military service for veterans who served during the Revolutionary War.

Location: I-Purchase-1954-13

Subject: Legal Affairs, Military Affairs and Conflict

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1820-1839

Letter from William Wilkins to Mahlon Dickerson
July 10, 1834

US Senator William Wilkins (Class of 1802) writes Secretary of the Navy Mahlon Dickerson and asks that two "young gentlemen" be appointed Midshipmen in the United States Navy. The two "gentlemen" are John Conway Shaler and Alexander Murray.

Location: I-Purchase-1971-11

Subject: Military Affairs and Conflict, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1820-1839

Letter from Roger B. Taney to Unknown Recipient
November 6, 1835

Chief Justice of the United States Roger Brooke Taney writes to an unknown correspondent and introduces his friend, Mr. Mackall, who is in Washington DC "in consequence of some difficulty concerning his son at West Point."

Location: I-Original-1835-2

Subject: Military Affairs and Conflict, Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1820-1839

Letter from George Chambers to Levi Woodbury
June 3, 1836

George Chambers, trustee of Dickinson College, informs Secretary of the Treasury Levi Woodbury about Representative Thomas McCullough's request that his son, Alexander McCullough, receive an appointment in the United States Navy. Transcript included.

Letter from William Wilkins to Mahlon Dickerson
April 17, 1837

Former US Senator William Wilkins (Class of 1802) writes Secretary of the Navy Mahlon Dickerson and asks for Doctor Watson to be appointed as a Surgeon’s Mate or receive Midshipman’s commission. Wilkins notes that Watson “has already made the voyage to India” and “seems to have such a keen...

Location: I-Friends-1983-21

Subject: Military Affairs and Conflict

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1820-1839

Letters from James Buchanan to Charles Jared Ingersoll
1837-1847

Representative James Buchanan writes seven letters to Representative Charles Jared Ingersoll a number of different political and legal matters, including political appointments, election campaigns, the Mexican-American War, and the Oregon Treaty. Transcripts included.

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