Military Affairs and Conflict

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Letter from Edwin Stanton to James Buchanan (Copy)
May 19, 1861

Edwin McMasters Stanton writes to James Buchanan regarding the Civil War. Specifically, the unsuccessful evacuation of Fort Sumter, William Henry Seward, the Secretary of State's negotiations, and the treatment of secessionists.

Location: I-SpahrB-1959-9

Subject: Military Affairs and Conflict, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letter from Andrew Curtin to H. C. Baird
May 23, 1861

Pennsylvania Governor Andrew Gregg Curtin writes to H. C. Baird about a complaint against the officers of the Fifth regiment. Curtin notes that he has little power or control over most of the issues since that regiment is under federal authority...

Location: I-SpahrB-undated-26

Subject: Military Affairs and Conflict

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letter from Edwin Stanton to James Buchanan (Copy)
June 8, 1861

Edwin McMasters Stanton writes to James Buchanan stating that Stanton and their friends were very pleased by Judge Jeremiah Sullivan Black's message that Buchanan was in good health. Stanton also shares his opinion on the Patriot cause, financial...

Letter from Edwin Stanton to James Buchanan (Copy)
June 12, 1861

Edwin Stanton writes to James Buchanan regarding Bethel Bridge near Fortress Monroe and military appointments during the Civil War. 

Location: I-SpahrB-1959-9

Subject: Military Affairs and Conflict

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letter from Edwin Stanton to James Buchanan (Copy)
July 16, 1861

Edwin McMasters Stanton writes to James Buchanan regarding his opinion on the future for the Confederates and Fort Sumter, and the expectation of a battle at Fairfax.

Location: I-SpahrB-1959-9

Subject: Military Affairs and Conflict, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letter from Andrew Curtin to S. G. Theud
July 19, 1861

Pennsylvania Governor Andrew G. Curtin responds to S. G. [Theud's?]request about raising a new Pennsylvania volunteer regiment. While "I most heartily approve of the plan," Curtin notes that he "[does] not [have] the power to arm and equip a...

Location: I-Original-1861-2

Subject: Military Affairs and Conflict, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letter from Edwin Stanton to James Buchanan (Copy)
July 26, 1861

Edwin McMasters Stanton writes to James Buchanan regarding the "imbecility" of the Lincoln administration, the desire for a new Cabinet, and bankruptcy. Stanton composed this early on in the Civil War, shortly after the first Battle of Bull Run,...

Location: I-SpahrB-1959-9

Subject: Military Affairs and Conflict, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Proclamation of a Day of Thanksgiving by Andrew Curtin
October 16, 1861

Pennsylvania Governor Andrew Gregg Curtin (Class of 1837) issues this proclamation during the Civil War on October 16, 1861: "...to the People of this Commonwealth, that they set apart Thursday, the twenty-eighth day of November next, As a day of...

Location: I-BeachW-1986-9

Subject: Military Affairs and Conflict, Politics and Government

Format: Legal and Government Documents

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letter from G. G. Beckwith to D. H. Hastings
January 21, 1862

G. G. Beckworth writes a letter from Frederick, Maryland, to Captain D. H. Hastings of Carlisle, Pennsylvania, with news that the Confederate forces had left Winchester and speculation that they were moving North with two brigades and...

Location: I-Friends-1975-2

Subject: Military Affairs and Conflict

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letter from C. Ruff to William Frishmuth
March 21, 1862

United States Mustering Officer C. J. Ruff writes Colonel William Frishmuth and requests a written response to several accusations of misconduct and corruption. “I am directed…. to call on you for an explanation (in writing) of your conduct in...

Location: I-Purchase-1968-6

Subject: Legal Affairs, Military Affairs and Conflict

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letter from Andrew Gregg Curtin to R. Butler Price (Copy)
March 24, 1862

Pennsylvania Governor Andrew Gregg Curtin sends this copy of the charges against Colonel William Frishmuth to Colonel R. Butler Pierce and orders him “to investigate.” Colonel Price, of the 59th Regiment of Pennsylvania Volunteers, is the...

Location: I-Purchase-1968-6

Subject: Legal Affairs, Military Affairs and Conflict

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letter from L. Pierce to C. Ruff (Copy)
March 23, 1862

Lieutenant Colonel L. B. Pierce writes Lieutenant Colonel C. J. Ruff, US Mustering Officer, and outlines his accusations of misconduct and corruption against Colonel William Frishmuth. Pierce’s accusations include Frishmuth “attempting the...

Location: I-Purchase-1968-6

Subject: Legal Affairs, Military Affairs and Conflict

Format: Legal and Government Documents

Time Period: 1860-1879

Carlisle Herald, "Proclamation by the Governor"
September 11, 1862

The Carlisle Herald publishes Pennsylvania Governor Andrew G. Curtin's proclamation on September 11, 1862 in which he calls for "able-bodied loyal men of Pennsylvania" to join military companies in response to the threat of Confederate...

Location: I-Original-1862-1

Subject: Military Affairs and Conflict, Politics and Government

Format: Newspapers and Magazines

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letter from Roger B. Taney to Samuel Nelson
March 9, 1863

Supreme Court Chief Justice Roger B. Taney writes to Associate Supreme Court Justice Samuel Nelson regarding the composition of a dissenting opinion in the Prize Cases of 1863. Taney suggests a paragraph to add that "more distinctly asserts the...

Location: I-SpahrB-1958-16

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

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letter from George D. Chenoweth to James W. Marshall
July 15, 1863

George D. Chenoweth describes the Confederate invasion, occupation, and shelling of Carlisle. He mentions leaving Carlisle before the raid, and the pleasure of finding none of their personal belongings disturbed upon his return. 12,000 men...

Location: I-Original-1863-4

Subject: Carlisle and Cumberland County, Military Affairs and Conflict

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letter from Augustus Schell to Jeremiah Black (Copy)
July 28, 1863

 Augustus Schell writes to Jeremiah Sullivan Black regarding events leading up to the start of the Civil War, particuarly Fort Sumter and Fort Moultrie.

Location: I-SpahrB-1959-9

Subject: Military Affairs and Conflict, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letter from Jeremiah Black to Augustus Schell (Copy)
August 6, 1863

In a response to Augustus Schell sent to Jeremiah Sullivan Black in July, Black writes to Schell regarding James Buchanan's Cabinet, Fort Sumter, and General John Adams Dix. 

Location: I-SpahrB-1959-9

Subject: Military Affairs and Conflict, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letter from John K. Stayman to Edgar E. Hastings
August 13, 1863

John Keagy Stayman questions Edgar E. Hastings as to when the draft will be lifted from Cumberland County, as he is “considered by Uncle Sam a ‘first class man’.” He also asks whether or not Dickinson College is still being used as a hospital,...

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...

Location: I-SpahrB-1965-13

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

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...

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 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...

Location: I-Purchase-1968-5

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...

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...

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

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